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Just a small sculpture about the stupidity of war. Anzac Day recently occured here in Australia, a time when we Aussies remember the disastrous Gallipoli campaign of WW1. What really aggravates me is the "Supposrt our troops today" message that usually accompanies Anzac Day. I find it absurd that over ninety years after so many young Australians lost their lives fighting a pointless battle in support of a foreigh "ally" in a place on the other side of the planet we're still falling for that same old trick. Yet if you actually LISTEN to interviews recorded with the actual Anzac veterans they tell you, time and again, of the pointlessness and incredible waste or war and what a massive mistake it all was! (Their enemy of the time, the Turkish veterans, will say the same thing). So how is their message being heard by supporting our troops fighting today in pointless battles in Iraq and Afghanistan? I say respect the Anzac legacy: bring those soldiers home. No more going to distant countries and killing people for misguided and ignorant ideals. Terrorism is organised crime; would you invade Italy to eradicate her of Mafiosa? Can anybody say they feel any safer with Saddam dead? In an age of globalisation why do we still need nations?






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  April 28, 2011
I never saw Johnathan's comment before, I wholeheartedly agree with him. Even though at times it may seem like a waste of lives, but it preserves our current freedom. And the folks who fought at Galliopi have themselves to blame for the failure. They're the ones who, instead of trying for the high ground after landing, decided to have basically a beach party.
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  October 11, 2010
If the whole world wasn't separated, then maybe there wouldn't be anymore countries. I guess people just want to branch out, so they created all these different places. Your statement is pretty legit, and I totally agree to what you're trying to say. But with WWII on the other hand.... I think the axis powers had what was coming to them. They murdered innocent people, and they attacked an innocent country's soil. But with WWI, I just don't get why that was even fought.
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  September 28, 2010
Your message is very true, and something that should be said. The thought of it... using the unreal to legitamize very real wars where very real people lose their lives... I'm glad you posted this.
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  June 12, 2010
heck, i wouldn't be surprised if this moc and the comments with it didn't start a war. ;) The moc is a great idea, very Belleau wood. Which may actually be even more appropos given the World Cup thingy going on. Since i love words and thoughts as much as moc's, i don't have Phipson's compunctions against mixing the two. Do i think guys killing each other over ideals, land, ethnicity, goods or services is smart. No. Is it occasionally necessary, probably. Do i trust government, heck no. Do i think "Peace" is just the absence of conflict, certainly not. The Us and Them weren't killing each other (overtly) during the entire Cold war and yet there was no greater fear of mutual annihilation in all of man's history. Me, i'll just pray to live simply, humbly and at peace with as many as i can and wait for Jesus who actually knows the true meaning of the word.
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  June 10, 2010
Politics aside, are those two gonna exchange letters under heavy fire? Toss the letter over the other trench?
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  June 10, 2010
Quoting Seth N. I'm coming back to this moc just to ask your quick opinion on something. Do you think World Wars 1 and 2 were pointless? I know these two wars are different then the ones you mention but I was just wondering what you would say. It would be great if you responded.
The Great War was good old Emperial expansion at it's most bloody. Seeing as how all it did was end of the age of Empires it didn't accomplish much, except for killing millions of people and sowing the seeds of Fascism which led to WW2. People tend to think of the Second World War as a just war, it may come close to that but it was a result of the aftermath of WW1. Just my opinion, thanks for asking man.
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  June 9, 2010
I'm coming back to this moc just to ask your quick opinion on something. Do you think World Wars 1 and 2 were pointless? I know these two wars are different then the ones you mention but I was just wondering what you would say. It would be great if you responded.
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  June 9, 2010
Quoting Jonathan Glass A+ on the build, very pretty. However, I cannot let your statements go unchallenged. You sir, are an idiot. Man is what man is, and has been so almost since the beginning of time. Is war a terrible and seemingly pointless thing? Yes. However, it is a part of life, and integrally necessary to the proper function of society. You can study that out as I have, if you want, or you can keep spouting your idealistic notions about world peace. Peace at home is brought about by war on someone else's turf, A harsh truth that our soft modern society no longer wants to hear. Would I like to have peace all over the world? Yes. But since thats not possible, I want the war to happen somewhere else and the only people from my country that I want to die are soldiers. If one percent or so of my nation's population is put in danger in the military, and half of them die. Then 99.5% are living safe at home. Freedom ain't free punk, it takes sacrifice. On that note, a one world government would by necessity be totalitarian. There would be nowhere for you to go, and nowhere for you to turn if you didn't like something they did. The greatest freedom is the freedom to defend yourself, and what you care about. That means idea's too. So while you post your poorly informed rhetoric, remember that men died, are dying now, and risking their lives, so that you could do so in peace.
Haha, I wish I read this earlier! "Man is what he is, why bother trying to make things better?" Your narrow minded and safe views are what keep the gears of warfare turning. I ask again, do you personally feel any safer with Saddam gone? The blood of all those soldiers lost in the war on terror, not to mention the countless civilians are on your hands. Sleep well mate :)
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  June 2, 2010
My comment is being moderated. It may not show up so I will repeat some of what I said. " That isnt a very nice thing to be saying to a respected builder of the pages." And i forgot some of the other things that I said X_X. " I like the idea of the two soldiers sitting in opposite trenches reading letters from home. And the items buried in the ground are a very nice touch." "Great work!"
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  May 30, 2010
A+ on the build, very pretty. However, I cannot let your statements go unchallenged. You sir, are an idiot. Man is what man is, and has been so almost since the beginning of time. Is war a terrible and seemingly pointless thing? Yes. However, it is a part of life, and integrally necessary to the proper function of society. You can study that out as I have, if you want, or you can keep spouting your idealistic notions about world peace. Peace at home is brought about by war on someone else's turf, A harsh truth that our soft modern society no longer wants to hear. Would I like to have peace all over the world? Yes. But since thats not possible, I want the war to happen somewhere else and the only people from my country that I want to die are soldiers. If one percent or so of my nation's population is put in danger in the military, and half of them die. Then 99.5% are living safe at home. Freedom ain't free punk, it takes sacrifice. On that note, a one world government would by necessity be totalitarian. There would be nowhere for you to go, and nowhere for you to turn if you didn't like something they did. The greatest freedom is the freedom to defend yourself, and what you care about. That means idea's too. So while you post your poorly informed rhetoric, remember that men died, are dying now, and risking their lives, so that you could do so in peace.
Shannon Ocean
Dr. N
  May 22, 2010
Why do we have factions and nations that are constantly at war? Human nature. That's why. Greed, covetousness, hatred, pride, bloodlust, powerhunger. Every. Single. War. Ever. Has been started and/or continued by these things that all come down to the fact that we're fallen creatures. By the way, nice creation. Gets your point across well.
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  May 20, 2010
Hippy.:P~H
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  May 19, 2010
prepare for me going on and on about the pointlessness of war, war is just two governments version of rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock, but instead of losing a little bit of your pride you lose a ton of men, tons of money, and millions of weapons. which brings me to yet another topic, drafting, the government is just like, "we're out of men who are willing to die for our country, so let's just start taking "random" people to fight and probably die," and let's not forget about the families of the soldiers, not even knowing if their brother or husband or son or cousin is still alive.
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  May 18, 2010
Great build! I love the fact that you and I, both, use Old and New Brown in our builds! (Your builds are millions of times better than mine - but still...) Anzak Day Biscuits for everyone!
Shannon Ocean
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  May 16, 2010
Shannon,that comment you just made scares me more than you shall ever know.
Shannon Ocean
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  May 16, 2010
Yes,King Borether, that is what scared me about Shannon's comment.I guess that proves what Revelation says.
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  May 16, 2010
Quoting Tom Simon I hear you. I was just watching a documentary on Gallipoli (not the movie with Mark Lee, which was also quite fine). I found very compelling a description of a scene during a brief truce to burn the dead bodies in no man's land: A senior Turkish officer talking amiably to his ANZAC counterpart points to a dead Turk and ANZAC soldier and says "there lies diplomacy and negotiation". Then they shake hands and go back to their respective trenches and resume the killing.
Exactly mate, that's just the notion I was trying to express. I think I went off on a tangent with the terrorism thing though...thanks for your comments everyone!
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  May 16, 2010
Unfortunately, any time you have people in the same room, area, nation, continent, planet, some idiot is going to feel he's smarter/better/ordained by God and conflict will arise. Until we can get past that little aspect of human nature, war is almost inevitable. Senseless, but inevitable. Nice MOC, great message.
  May 16, 2010
As long as people walk the earth their will be war... It's the truth. Their is just too much diversity in our world today. As for the one world government thing. I'd give it 10 years at the most before a civil war caused by ethnic diversity started and we end up right back where we started.
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  May 16, 2010
I love the trenches!
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  May 16, 2010
Very powerful MOC, the trench worked great.
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  May 16, 2010
As my friend you know that I don't make political statements on MOCpages no matter of whether I agree with you 100% or not. So I'll just comment on the moc. It is a very good representation of the message you're getting across. It really gets across that feeling the soldiers must feel while writing home from the field. Nice work there sir! ~ Chris.
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  May 16, 2010
Respect mate.
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  May 16, 2010
I hear you. I was just watching a documentary on Gallipoli (not the movie with Mark Lee, which was also quite fine). I found very compelling a description of a scene during a brief truce to burn the dead bodies in no man's land: A senior Turkish officer talking amiably to his ANZAC counterpart points to a dead Turk and ANZAC soldier and says "there lies diplomacy and negotiation". Then they shake hands and go back to their respective trenches and resume the killing.
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  May 16, 2010
Very touching indeed. Why two armies will fight each other is just insane. ~Young
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  May 16, 2010
Agreed. War is pointless trifles between two nations that are fighting for resources.
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  May 16, 2010
it reminds me of the song "Letters from War", and nice use of the skelation parts.
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  May 16, 2010
it reminds me of the song "Letters from War", and nice use of the skelation parts.
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  May 16, 2010
Wow! I totally agree that war is pointless and wasteful.
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  May 16, 2010
One global government promosing peace only can mean the end of the world. Anyone read revelations?
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  May 16, 2010
"War! Huh, good god yall. -What is it good for- absoluetly - nothin', say it again!" A sentiment l fully agree with.
  May 16, 2010
"Terrorism is organised crime; would you invade Italy to eradicate her of Mafiosa?" That had never occurred to me, but seems like an extremely valid point (although I can imagine what the rebuttal from some people would be). Really great MOC, too.
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  May 16, 2010
"Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come"
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  May 16, 2010
Quoting Matthew Novosad Agreed. War is not fun. It is costly and brutal. I play videogames like the original call of duty one to more or less fell what it was like to be there, and second,as a future Archeologist I am absorbing any historical data I can, that game is loaded with it. I respect veterans especially because my dad was in the Navy. I can see more or less one global government could do. Harmful or otherwise. There still could be civil wars. That's what have to say. ~Matt. PS. Could you respond to my comment? I would like to know what you think of what I think.
Thanks Matt. I think a global government is one solution, although I envisage it as a repressive totalitarian regime-it would have to be to maintain absolute order across the globe. Still, if that's the price of lasting "peace"...?
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  May 16, 2010
Agreed. War is not fun. It is costly and brutal. I play videogames like the original call of duty one to more or less fell what it was like to be there, and second,as a future Archeologist I am absorbing any historical data I can, that game is loaded with it. I respect veterans especially because my dad was in the Navy. I can see more or less one global government could do. Harmful or otherwise. There still could be civil wars. That's what have to say. ~Matt. PS. Could you respond to my comment? I would like to know what you think of what I think.
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  May 16, 2010
Very good point.
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  May 16, 2010
War is just pointless. All it does is bring death and destruction. ~ Ghostman
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  May 16, 2010
absolutely right.
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  May 16, 2010
Borders, money and religion: the planet would be a good place without 'em. Nuff said, ShannO!
 
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