responsibility for its victims


The risible compensation offered to the wounded British paratrooper Ben Parkinson – just £152,150 for losing both legs and suffering brain damage – reflects an age-old contradiction at the heart of militarism, which the poet Wilfred Owen recognised in his tragic poem Disabled.

In the poem, a disabled veteran sits alone in a park ‘legless, sewn short at elbow’, observing a civilian society that once cheered him off to war and now regards him with pity, indifference and disgust.

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