Sorry (1)

Twenty first century governments
apologise for failures to meet their
job descriptions which is a forward
step in democracy but will it change
their future attitudes and directions ?

Over fifty years ago our
government sent fit trained
soldiers from our regular
army to fight an unpopular
war far away, some to be
injured, some killed. As they
returned from tours of duty
they were quietly slipped out
airport back doors to evade
angry protesters against that
far away war, their injuries,
their dead never acknowledged.

Over thirty years later the
government apologised for
this lack of recognition and
support, held victory parades
for the servicemen who had
followed government orders.

In heavy irony the government
spokesman had been active
in those long ago protests.

The apology was appreciated
but the lost thirty odd years
were not brought back.

Previously posted July 2017.

Sorry (1)

6 thoughts on “Sorry (1)

    1. I think I read about that. what was particularly ironic was that the apology was read out by the then Prime Minister, Labour’s Helen Clark, who had been one of the leaders of the protests back at the time of the Vietnam war when she was in her early twenties – and before she entered politics.

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