Sure, the commanders and political elite who directed Britain's involvement in the world wars were fully complicit in colonialism, but the poppies aren't to comemmorate them, because they didn't fight on the front line, or at all. I don't really see how some 20-year-old milkman or farm hand, who was conscripted to fight in a war whose origins he dimly if at all understood, could be called 'inolved' in colonialism.
You are right. They were victims themselves. Just like the soldiers who fight in Irak today are in some sense poor souls, that may pay with their lives for something they probably don't believe in. But at the same time, without these farmhands, the whole thing would not have happened. In fact, without them, Europe might have been colonised by the Aztecs for all I know. That is the tragedy of war. Maybe my deepest reason for opposing poppies is that it does not make this tragedy explicit.
Well sure, there's nothing wrong with that: that's why we have events like the recent comemmoration of the abolition of slavery, for example. Britain, on the whole, is a lot more apologetic about its imperial past than many countries.
I agree, and that's a very good thing.