The odd time this writer switched on any news reports it was filled with ceremonies to mark the anniversary of Britain joining WWI but for me thoughts kept drifting to Gaza and the dreadful onslaught and massacre of its citizens by Israeli forces.
UK PM David Cameron probably set my mood against watching the memorials earlier today when he appeared on TV News claiming that yes WWI resulted in many horrific incidents but it also had a positive impact. He cited the fact that women began to be recognised as worthwhile individuals and even capable of voting in elections.
While it was easy to see where Cameron was coming from it was also easy to think - is he mad? Surely change could have happened without a silly war which killed and injured millions?
Trying to spin such a major global conflict as WWI into anything positive is shameful. Watching him and members of the British royal family posturing and performing at sombre ceremonies to mark WWI was beyond ironic. The joke of course is on us as if WWIII happens along it is we the little people who will be expected to give our all so that the upper echelons of society can carry on regardless.
Also this morning when news reporters tried to push Cameron on the Israeli Gaza conflict he refused to commit. Yes he agreed with what the UN had said about Israel attacking schools with missile fire but had no opinion himself. As he balanced precariously on the sharp fence he managed to stay upright and not fall flat on his face on either side.
It was laughable how he said he was not qualified to pass judgement on Israel and that was the UN's role. A few things spring to mind here such as what the hell are we paying him for then? His alleged lack of knowledge of international affairs, such as with Russia, have never stopped him running off at the mouth before.
So many thoughts have run through the writer's mind today, including how lucky I am.
No disrespect is meant to any who served in WWI, or their loved ones. My father served a long gruelling 7 plus years in WWII which helped him to an early grave around 20 years after that war ended.
In the end though today I would have preferred David Cameron to show some guts and not try to appease all sides. Children are being unnecessarily killed in Gaza along with other civilians. Reminding me of the old chicken and the egg routine Cameron again blamed Hamas saying that if they stopped firing missiles into Israel the killing would end.
Cameron is either acting in a naive fashion or thinks that Britons will fall for that spin.
If there was no blockade of Gaza Hamas would stop creating tunnels and waging war on Israel. If the people of Gaza were allowed free and fair movement the conflict would stop. If Israeli drones did not fly over Gaza summarily executing suspected militants Hamas would desist.
You see Mr Cameron your words are foolish and inept.
Yes remember the dead of WWI; remember the suffering and the freedom we have today because of those who fought and gave so much; but spare a thought for the war dead in Gaza killed as they slept, killed as they sheltered in schools, children killed as they queued for sweets; all while the west opts to turn a blind-eye.
In other news from Israel Gaza:
Israel Resumes Assault On Gaza. As Truce Ends Gaza endures another night of Israeli bombardment after a brief lull in fighting, which has killed at least 1,880 Palestinians.
Digger Topples Bus In Israel 'Terror Attack'. Police shoot dead a man after he rams into a bus in Jerusalem and interrogate his "whole family" to establish his motives.
Sources and resources:
Gaza Crisis: David Cameron Refuses to Call Israeli Bombing of UN School Criminal
Israel calls partial truce amid outrage at third strike on UN school
IBT TImes reported Cameron's lack of backbone by saying: