Remember the dead but don't glorify our wars
THE wearing of poppies should not be demonised any more than the wearing of burkas or Muslim head-dress.
However, there is a real danger that, in this centenary of the First World War, the wearing of poppies and the jingoism surrounding this centenary will be used by militarists and modern day economic imperialists to justify totally unjustified wars - especially the wars the US and Nato have inflicted on the peoples of the Middle East since 2001.
Yes, it is important to remember those millions of young men on all sides who died so needlessly in a similar way that we remember those who died on the Titanic, or Hiroshima/Nagasaki, or the Irish Famine. It is important also to try to achieve some historical accountability towards those who led so many to their deaths.
By all means let us remember those who died. But let us neither glorify nor justify crimes against humanity.
EDWARD HORGAN (C'dant retired)
Veterans for Peace Ireland