War Songs
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Anonymous said…
War songs are off-putting, This is a gentle song that I have put off watching,
Martin Meenagh said…
The voice is occasionally gentle, anonymous, but the words are not. 'A whole generation butchered and damned', 'the great slaughter of 1916', the sarcasm and anger implicit in the question to Willy McBride about what they played, the disillusion about this war ending wars--they're none of them gentle. Nor should they be. Europe committed suicide in 1914, in some way because of the gross contortions and darknesses brought up in the years between enlightenment and empire.

What's shocking to me is that people don't learn. The war to end wars was the war that ought to have ended illusions about war, and of course it didn't. People trapped in badness do the same thing a little differently again and again and again and get the same result--an eternal recurrence--because they don't break free and embrace what's better. In many cases they cannot. That's, I guess, the human condition forever....
It's never the wrong time to listen to this, and similar pieces. Futility and sadness, sacrifice and pain, the human condition writ small in the green fields of France, the coral of the Pacific, or the vertical terrain of Afghanistan.

Ducle et decorum est pro patria mori...thanks.
Martin Meenagh said…
You're welcome Crusader AXE ; mind the ponds, now

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