The mind gets focused on the consequences of war when you're in the repeatedly ravaged city of Berlin, a city that headquartered a former foe, now with a huge Turkish population, attending an Anzac service.
If ever there were pause to think about the deathly consequences of decisions made by politicians to send other people off to war, it's Gallipoli.
For me, it reinforces why, at a minimum, we should have a national political debate and parliamentary approval before we send troops off to war.
Still, this quote from Kemal Atatürk, read at the service, takes some beating: "Heroes who shed their blood and lost their lives! You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours. You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well."
Lest we forget.