Why wear white poppies?

It's that time of year again. This month sees the 95th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the Great War, the most efficient and industrialised slaughter of human beings for imperial ambition ever seen up until that point.
In France, the fashion is to wear a bright blue cornflower to convey respects to the dead.

In Scotland, for many years, the fashion was to wear an Earl Haig red poppy, named for the incompetent butcher who sent hundreds of thousands of working-class conscripts to their deaths on the Western Front.
Recently, many have become uncomfortable with the militarisation of the red poppy symbol, and the pressure placed on people to wear it. It has been transmogrified into a symbol of support for the current wars; unlike the war against fascism, the only purpose of which are to act as a subservient implementer of American foreign policy in countries to which they have never been invited, and which have inevitably seen both atrocities committed against the civilian populations and Scottish soldiers killed at the side of dusty desert roads.
The slogan of the Poppy Appeal this year isn't one of commemorating the dead of past wars, or the bravery of those who fought fascism. It is Shoulder to Shoulder with all Who Serve". upport our troops" regardless of their behaviour?
The Peace Pledge Union's white poppy is my lapel badge of choice in the second week in November.
The white poppy was first proposed in 1926 in an attempt, even back then at the height of Empire, to decouple the commemoration of the Armistice from a veneration of militarism. The first such poppies finally appeared in 1933 in an attempt to challenge the rush to war, and to challenge the glorification of the bloody slaughter of the trenches less than two decades earlier.
A white poppy is a pledge to challenge the culture of militarism so prevalent in the United Kingdom today. To recognise that these working-class kids are often economic conscripts, forced into the armed forces against their better judgement because the governing class have destroyed jobs and industries in their towns: children - actual children, too young to vote, too young to marry - from Paisley, Portsmouth, Prestatyn, and Portadown have British Army recruiting officers coming into their schoolhouses and extolling the virtues of the "adventure".


It doesnt work...as long as americans

2003-04-28 10:51:30 by Tommys

Use at least 80% of the world's heroin and cocaine...it will get here from somewhere somehow.
Even mexico is growing poppies now, whereas it use to be the golden triangle...then and now afghanistan (we couldn't even stop it THERE!)
Also, CIA frequently uses these types of people to work against left forces in countries...so DEA always runs up against their allies. See article in recent New Yorker about Dyncorp etc being contracted by US gov't...not just 'spraying' they are helping paramilitaries go after rebels...flying helicopter gunships etc....
see White Out by Cockburn
Dark Alliance by Webb
and the classic about Burma, laos , etc Politics of Heroin by mccoy


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