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John Gray BS: See you in Iraq (57* d) RE: BS: See you in Iraq 23 Mar 02

Yeah, us Ozzies will be there, no doubt about it.
We have been involved in every war that the US has been involved in, from WWI onwards, and then some. Except Grenada & Panama. Those wars were over too quick, plus we were having a barbeque on those weekends.

You only have to look at our track record to see we love a good blue(fight).Commencing with the Maori War of the late 1830's we have participated in the following conflicts;
Sudan-1885, Boer War-1899-1902, Boxer Uprising-1900-1901, WW1, WW2, Korea, Malayan Emergency 1950-60, Indonesian Confrontation 1964-66, Vietnam 1962-72 ( I went there twice )Gulf war-we still have warships there, East Timor and, currently, Afghanistan.
We've also sent peacekeepers to Cyprus, Sinai, Somalia & Cambodia.

So, get a good stoush going and we'll be there. I just hope we think we think through the motives a bit better than we did in WW1. Some years ago they interviewed a lot of the remaining old veterans as to why they volunteered in such large numbers to go and fight a war on the other side of the world. Was it for Queen an country-no, was it for the flag-no, was it to protect Australia from invasion-no ( we weren't under threat )was it to gain honour & accolades-no. The majority said it was for the "adventure" and for the chance of seeing parts of the world they would never be able to visit under normal circumstances. ( Very few working class people had the money to travel in those days and going to see the Pyramids or the Eifel Tower was a real big deal )

Give us a bit of notice on Iraq though, time to find the spears and load up the war canoes so we can get to the start line on time. We woudn't want to miss the first bang.


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