Posted: Nov 10, 2021 4:11 pm
by Tortured_Genius
I never could figure out the USA's veneration of the military. Just another cultural variation I suppose rooted in geography, history and politics - and now I come the think of it the US military's role is very different to that of our own.

Jingoistic dick-waving around remembrance is universal though. One thing I like about the UK is that symbol for it is the poppy, which makes the jingoists look especially stupid around 11/11 11:00. It's difficult to avoid the symbolism without a complete and total ignorance of history.

(The 2014 WW1 centenary sculpture really brought it home:

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1 poppy for every dead WW1 serviceman)

Quite how the writer of that piece managed to conflate the role of the police with the military betrays ignorance on an epic scale though.