Ex PM Keating either has a way with words or a good speech writer. On this eleventh hour of the eleventh day of eleventh month we remember the fallen and the participants in war. War is often a failure of negotiations. I am a great one for negotiation but not one who thinks much of war.
Keating described World War I as "devoid of any virtue". He wasn't wrong. As soon as our Aussie soldiers jumped up out of the trenches in Europe, they were gunned down. Your turn to jump out of the muddy trench and die. Excuse my reluctance.
Their reluctance to be immediately shot dead was only delaying the inevitable. Their own team, that is the Australian Army shot them anyway, as they were considered deserters if they did not jump out of the trench to go to an immediate death.
It was not unusual for a sixteen year old to falsify his age to be in the army.
A sixteen year old boy, in the muddy trenches of the battleground in Europe, cold, shit scared that he was going to over the trench to be immediately shot, and then later being shot dead for desertion by people from his own country because he was a quivering wreck surrounded by the bodies of his mates who followed orders.
I just thank someone that the youf now is way to worldy and smart than to sign up for some foreign battle.