I have always loved war memorials. I have been to the Tugu Negara in Kuala Lumpur multiple of times. When I was in Washington D.C. for a very short stay, I visited the war memorials there. Likewise in Sydney and Melbourne. The reason for my love for war memorials is not because that I glorify wars. Rather, it is closely related to my love of history.

While I do think wars sometimes are necessary, especially when liberty is under attack to make wars a serious option for libertarians, I do not cherish the thoughts of its necessity. Wars are never pretty but the wars that Malaysia went through, notably against Japanese imperialism during World War II, against communist terrorism for a good part of the country’s history and against attempt of invasion by Indonesia during the formation of Malaysian federation, were certainly wars that could not be avoided in terms of preservation of liberty.

Australia is one of several countries which have dedicated its men and women to the defense of Malaysia or its current components prior to 1963. Malaysia won the wars because of countries like Australia.

Australia remembers this in Sydney in form of the Anzac War Memorial…

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…and in Melbourne in form of the Shrine of Remembrance:

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Belated maybe, but I say thank you nonetheless. It has been a fruitful alliance.

2 Responses to “[2161] Of thank you Australia”

  1. on 17 Feb 2010 at 19:50 zewt

    and we have ppl like perkasa who are shouting “to hell with australia” in front of the australian high comm right now… as we speak.

  2. […] Nine months after my first visit to the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, I found myself there again dead in the middle of the night. That has to tell you something about how I love war memorials. […]

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