Saturday, November 10, 2012
Why No Honest War Memorials?
I've seen many war memorials. A good many of them are topped by some heroic-looking lump of bronze depicting a perfect specimen, with immaculate puttees, a jaw fixed in determination, wielding a Lee Enfield with bayonet attached and leaning into an implied fray.
Oddly enough these memorials never, absolutely never show us the maimed, dismembered corpses we're actually there to venerate. We excise the reality of mayhem to sanitize the slaughter.
Lest We Forget, really?