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Sunday, 28 June 2009
The Moon

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I went out this evening and took some photographs of the moonset.  Today was the UK’s first armed forces day.

The stated purpose of the day is to bridge a growing gulf between the armed forces and the general public and encourage support and respect for soldiers.

Others have highlighted a political motivation, to raise support for the Government’s military actions, which, in recent years, have been extremely controversial.

Armed Forces Day is one part of a wider movement to expand the reach of the army, including the recruitment of more cadets.

Many also view this event as another effort on the part of the Government to feign a genuine commitment to looking after soldiers and veterans. The reality, critics point out, is that those returning from war often find little useful or real help in re-integrating into society.

As one Times reader put it, “Is a militarised society, where politicians exploit the private losses of citizens for political ends, the kind of Britain we want?”

Many churches and other civic organisations will feel that a celebration of the armed forces in this kind of uncritical way is not appropriate. Many will feel that there are better ways of showing love and care for soldiers and civilians alike.

In response, Ekklesia has developed a page of resources to help churches and others engage with Armed Forces Day in a way that more accurately reflects the belief of many that war is no solution - and indeed that what we need are more unarmed services - those with professional conflict transformation and resolution skills - operating in conflict zones.

Real respect for those whose lives are caught up with the military comes from seeking ways of ending conflict and replacing the “just another war” ideology with concrete action towards just-peace.

(from Ekklesia, a non-profit think-tank which examines the role of religion in modern life).

Posted by bigblue on 28/06/2009 at 12:01 AM
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