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There is nothing to celebrate in the ANZAC tradition of serving empire and profits

The Gallipoli campaign was not about democracy, but defending the profits and colonies of the British empire, one of the most brutal the world has seen, writes James Supple in Solidarity magazine

He says, among other things:

The 100 year anniversary commemorations of Gallipoli will gloriify it as sacrifice for a noble cause. Tony Abbott has called it part of a war that “shaped our nation”. In 2012 then Prime Minister Julia Gillard declared on Anzac Day that, “all of us inhabit the freedom the Anzacs won for us”. But Gallipoli and the First World War was no fight for freedom or democracy.

The landing at Gallipoli was an invasion of a Middle Eastern country, modern Turkey, in the service of what was, at the time, the world’s largest and most powerful empire. Australian troops at Gallipoli were among almost half a million British, Indian, New Zealand and French colonial troops who landed there.

To read the whole article click here.



Comment from peter piper
Time April 21, 2015 at 12:12 pm

just enjoy the parades and stop whinging for 5 mins..or better still, go join the Reserves and see how ordinary Aussies can serve their country and Queen.

Comment from Kay
Time April 21, 2015 at 5:11 pm

At the beginning of WWI, Turkey was just part of the vast but disintegrating Ottoman Empire. It sided with Germany and Austria from the beginning of WWI. Turkey used the cover of WWI to solve, once and for all, the ‘Armenian problem’.

There were big cultural differences between Armenians and Turks. The Armenians had always been one of the best educated communities within the old Turkish empire. Armenians were the professionals in society, the businessmen, lawyers, doctors and skilled craftsmen. And they were more open to new scientific, political and social ideas from the West (Europe and America). Children of wealthy Armenians went to Paris, Geneva or even to America to complete their education.

By contrast, the majority of Turks were illiterate peasant farmers and small shop keepers. Leaders of the Ottoman Empire had traditionally placed little value on education and not a single institute of higher learning could be found within their old empire. The various autocratic and despotic rulers throughout the empire’s history had valued loyalty and blind obedience above all. Their uneducated subjects had never heard of democracy or liberalism and thus had no inclination toward political reform. But this was not the case with the better educated Armenians who sought political and social reforms that would improve life for themselves and Turkey’s other minorities.

But there was a big problem. The traditional historic homeland of Armenia lay right in the path of Turkey’s plans to expand eastward. And on that land was a large population of Christian Armenians totaling some two million persons, making up about 10 percent of Turkey’s overall population.

At the same time, there was a dramatic rise in Islamic fundamentalist agitation throughout Turkey. Christian Armenians were once again branded as infidels (non-believers in Islam). Anti-Armenian demonstrations were staged by young Islamic extremists, sometimes leading to violence.

So, the first genocide of the 20th Century occurred when two million Armenians living in Turkey were eliminated from their historic homeland through forced deportations and massacres. 1.5 million Armenians were killed.

Hard to have sympathy for Turkey then!

Comment from John
Time April 21, 2015 at 6:24 pm

So that justifies invading their country, even though the Armenian genocide is never offered as a rationale? I don’t think so.

Comment from Kay
Time April 22, 2015 at 6:44 am

No, John, it doesn’t justify an invasion. But it shows that these issues are much more complex than you always portray. With you it is always the dastardly US or else European colonialism destroying the some poor innocent Muslim country for their own imperialistic, capitalist purposes.

The once powerful Ottoman Empire chose to join a war for its own imperialistic purposes – well before Gallipoli. So it won in Gallipoli, it then destroyed the Armenians, but eventually it lost the war. But it definitely was not an innocent victim!