Effect Measure

Memorial Day, 2008

The fifth Memorial Day of the Iraq War. I have no words. I’ll give you this instead:

Priscilla Herdman is singing this 1971 song by Eric Bogle.

I feel like weeping.

For the Reveres. Memorial Day, 2008.


  1. #1 wenchacha
    May 26, 2008

    That Eric Bogle song is one of the best, as well as being one of the saddest.

    Richard Thompson is singing his song about Brit war heroes in the Margaret Thatcher era. Famous singer Al Bowlly died in London in 1941, when a German bomb exploded outside his apartment.

  2. #2 revere
    May 26, 2008

    wenchacha: I guess the comments don’t allow YouTube embeds so they didn’t come through but thanks for them. Here is the YouTube URL for those who want to see this great clip, courtesy wenchacha:



  3. #3 Gerry Callaghan
    May 26, 2008

    For another wonderful and terrible anti-war song see Paul Brady’s ‘The Island’

    The last, broken, line catches all the futility of war,
    “And we’ll go marching down the road to freedom …….freedom?”

  4. #4 wenchacha
    May 26, 2008

    Thanks, revere!

    A thoughtful and hopeful Memorial Day to all.

  5. #5 revere
    May 26, 2008

    Gerry: Thank you for this. I didn’t know this wonderful song. Worth every second.

  6. #6 Alice
    May 26, 2008

    Very touching song, it made me tear up. We had a cook out today with my mother-in-law who is 82. She is a veteran and today for the first time she wore her dog tags. Happy Mrmorial Day to everyone. Maybe one day there will be no war.

  7. #7 K
    May 26, 2008

    The movie Gallipoli is one everyone should watch – perhaps if all did wars would end. Stars a very young Mel Gibson – oh Mel, Mel where did you go wrong.

  8. #8 pft
    May 26, 2008

    The fact that every war we have had in the 20th century and today been arranged by the psychopathic neo-malthusian elite as a tool for builing it’s NWO and reduce population, this perhaps should be a reason to weep, or get really ticked off. If we need a song to help that along, so be it. If you weep because you believe all those killed in these wars we killed for a good reason, even if those fighting believed in it, you would be mistaken. And we tend to focus mainly on our own losses, and not the tens of millions killed in our name. Four thousand Americans dead in Iraq, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi’s. Thats the kind of ratio our leaders call acceptable, and will be used to justify a long term presence.

  9. #9 Ruth Sard
    May 27, 2008

    For another magnificent song by Eric Bogle, look up No Man’s Land. (http://youtube.com/watch?v=mUzQ6Am-bbc)

  10. #10 Grace RN
    May 27, 2008

    ‘Tip of the hat to you revere; no more necessary.

  11. #11 Gindy
    May 28, 2008

    I recently read a short ghost story called Waiter Number 34 by Paul Ernst. It is about two military industrialists in their private club chatting up how they are going to start another war using the media and some sort of military error to make sure their profits stay high. They wax eloquently on the amount of money they made and how much their factories produced during the last war. A waiter at their club over hears them and starts to tell them about his experiences at war. He was in the battle of Verdun (so you can see how OLD this tale is).
    After he finishes his tale, the waiter exits the hotel and one of the back room staff realizes he used to work there before the war, but he was killed during the battle he so gruesomely described to the two rich industrialists.
    I just thought it was so prophetic considering why wars, occupations, and other military exercises are carried out these days. It seems at the bottom it is always about someone wanting what some other person, country, or people have. Not much has changed since we oozed out of the swamp and I daresay not much ever will.

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