February 25, 2015
Peace keeping better use for troops
Manurewa MP Louisa Wall says peacekeeping and reconstruction are what New Zealand should be doing in Iraq, not going to war.
Labour and every other party, other than National and its ACT supporter, have spoken out against Prime Minister John Key’s decision to send a deployment of up to 143 troops to Iraq.
Mr Key says they will train Iraqi security forces at the American-run Taji Base, north of Bagdhad.
He says it’s a behind the wire assignment alongside Australian troops, and they won’t be involved in actual fighting.
Ms Wall says that’s disingenuous, and it’s clearly an act of war that flies against the reputation New Zealand has developed for peacekeeping, especially in conflict in its own region.
Louisa Wall says a vote for Willow Jean Prime in the Northland by-election can be seen as a vote against the war, because if she wins, National would find it harder to unilaterally send more troops to Iraq.
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