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Sunday, July 26, 2009


War! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing!

So says (or said) the last surviving fighter in World War I, Harry Patch, who just died at age 111:
Patch did not speak about his war experiences until he was 100. Once he did, he was adamant that the slaughter he witnessed had not been justified.

"I met someone from the German side and we both shared the same opinion: we fought, we finished and we were friends," he said in 2007.

"It wasn't worth it."
The Prime Minister and the Queen and Prince Charles were all full of praise for Patch and the war in which he fought. None mentioned how Patch felt about being cannon-fodder for the ruling class they represent.

And how's this for working class solidarity in an inter-imperialist war:

The five-man Lewis gun team had a pact to try not to kill any enemy soldiers but to aim at their legs unless it came down to killing or being killed, he said.

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