(Photos: Maureen Murphy)
It's almost 9 years since the Sydney Morning Herald published my letter below (20 October 2001):
“Where Have All The Young Men Gone?”
1940s - killed - my grandfather, Indian Army, Kyber Pass
1950s - killed - my uncle, Gurkhas, Malaya
1980s - killed - my father, RAF, Atlantic Ocean
2001 - ....... - my children, Afghanistan – 'please don’t do this, Mr Howard!'
“When Will We Ever Learn?”
Nearly a decade on, & with a different Prime Minister (?) we're still there, and still waving the flag for the US...
...but what exactly has been achieved and when are our 'children' coming home?
- it's a joke that we wrap them up whilst they're growing up with 'bicycle helmets & other safety stuff', and then blithely send them off to war without a quick little read of our history books.
Time to come home