ANZAC Day is Nothing to celebrate
greece / turkey / cyprus |
imperialism / war |
opinion / analysis
Wednesday April 27, 2005 17:44 by Sally Darity - MACG macg1984 at yahoo dot com dot au PO Box 2120 Lygon Street North East Brunswick 3057
Australian anarchists on the invasion of Turkey in 1915
The attempted invasion of Turkey by the ANZACs and other Alied forces in 1915 was a typical episode in World War 1. "Defending Australia" had nothing to do with it. The war was fought between two rival imperial alliances, each out to gain territory, colonies and markets.
No to war - No to Patriotism
ANZAC Day is Nothing to celebrate
The attempted invasion of Turkey by the ANZACs and other Alied
forces in 1915 was a typical episode in World War 1. "Defending
Australia" had nothing to do with it. The war was fought between two
rival imperial alliances, each out to gain territory, colonies and
markets. Tens of thousands of young men were sacrificed, on both
sides in the trenches, for the wealth and power of rich capitalists
and the great houses of Europe.
IWW opposed WW1
The IWW, a revolutionary syndicalist workers union, opposed the
war from the start. Against the wave of patriotic propaganda, the IWW
proclaimed the War was a capitalist crime and that a bayonet was a
weapon with a worker at each end. They were prominent in the
succesful campaign to stop the labor Government introducing
conscription. By fighting against the war, the IWW did more good than
all the ANZAC's whose sacrifices were for a cause not their own.
All Wars are Wrong.
All wars are wrong because they are the results of the conflicts
between the ruling classes of different countries. The working class
has no interest in these conflicts. They are a tool of the ruling
class to divide workers and others in society against wrokers in
other countries. We must oppose war on principle by opposing both
sides. Instead, we must struggle for our interests, trying to
establish solidarity ties with the working class of the "other" side.
A World without War requires a world without capitalism.
Our capitalist system is built on the theft of worker's labour in
the form of profits.
Capitalists compete fiercely with other capitalists for an ever
larger share of the wealth that workers produce. Nation states are
the machinery for protecting capitalist interests within each state.
When they come into conflict, war is the result. To end war, we must
end capitalism. Together, we can produce enough for all to share, so
the old days of competition and division will end.
Meanwhile ten of thousands of Corporate media conscripted
amnesiacs went to War Memorials and waved the Bosses flags and
followed the Prime Monster, his Loyal "Opposition' & crooked
politicians, sky pilots, stay -at-home patritic editors and other
LEST WE REGRET?
When The time came to remember the Australaina and New Zealand
dead; plaques were placed where new trees were planted in "Peace
Alarmed at this "peace scare" the Stock Exchange & War
industrialists sponsored Militaristic War Memorials instead, thus the
legacy which we are suppsed to honour ?
Of course the many indigenous sites of resistance during the
continuing Colonial WAR to steal Australia from the aboriginal
peoples are not "honoured" by any memorials.
The Returned Services League in collaboration with the National
Governent has condemned those diggers who survived East Timor in
World War 2 and the 1999 "Peace-Keepers" who through TV
advertisements called for the oil revenue to be given to the
The RSL has also opposed allowing members of the Turkish community
in Australia to march in commemoration of their relatives deaths,
along with the "Australians", although they are also citizens
Sally Darity Melbourne 25th April 2005
Report on event
"Praise Boss when morning work bells chime,
Praise Boss for bits of overtime,
Praise Boss whose wars we love to fight,
Praise Boss , fat leech and parasite."
Doxology of the IWW
(satire to the tune of Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow)
10.30am on Monday April 25th at the old Melbourne Australia
Industrial Workers of the World headquarters, 171 Little Bourke
Street (cnr little Bourke and Russell)
Some fifteen friendly folks assembled to celebrate the
anti-conscription and antiWar movement during the ANZAC/First World
SPY vs SPY Dept.
In an echoe of the past repression of anti-war activists theme an
agent of State surveillance appeared.
He identified himself as monitoring anti-war protesters and wanted
to know if we would be trying to disrupt the media event and
We declined to collaborate with his questions.
Otherwise the State's uniformed Police ignored our small event.
A scout out of nearby parked cars revealed no obvious camera
monitoring of those gathered.
IWW anti-war greeting cards produced the Melbourne IWW were
Classic solidarity chants Union Maid and "Praise Boss" were sung.
A "war Tree" with profit roots & skull fruits of death,
disease, poverty, and misery was built and displayed. "strikelets"
red-food-dyed pancake mixture cooked and served up.
A poster produced by the organiser Jeremy Dixon
In Australia, and Australia alone of all the First
World War belligerents, conscription was not enforced against the
people in that war. In large part this was due to the militants of
the Australian IWW, revolutionary unionists who played a crucial
spearhead role in the campaign which defeated the conscription
referendum in 1916.
Vilified, hunted and imprisoned, IWW militants were responsible
for saving hundreds and thousands of Australians from death and
maiming, perhaps your won grandfather or great-granfather. Now more
than ever we need to remember their legacy."