by Phil Duncan
The poppies are out again. We’re all expected to give to the RSA and to wear one of their poppies to show our respect for NZ combatants who died in wars abroad. But it doesn’t really take more than a second or two of reflection about Gallipoli, the centrepiece around which war is recalled in NZ and poppies worn, before a couple of questions present themselves.
Why was New Zealand invading Turkey?
What was World War One about?
And there’s the rub.
Was Turkey an imminent threat? Did it have weapons of mass destruction pointed at little ole New Zealand?
The truth, which seems unpalatable for far too many people in this country, is that NZ was the aggressor. We were invading them in a war that was about (more…)