February 27, 2015
War. What is it good for?
OPINION: So, we are going to war. Not that John Key wants to use that word.
He describes NZs latest military involvement with America as 'training' and 'behind the wire'.
The Prime Minister clearly doesn't want the people of NZ to consider this is a war.
Unfortunately the civilians killed by rogue drone strikes we target can't be so vague.
This is a war, this is giving America the pretence of wide ranging support for military action and it will be very dangerous without any clear exit strategy and without any way of 'winning'.
Our responsibilities as citizens in a democracy is that we never elect leaders who turn the power of the state into violence.
Key said before the election that we wouldn't be sending troops. Shortly after he wins, suddenly we are off to war.
We have failed in keeping our leaders peaceful rather than war mongering.
Key has justified this war by scaring NZers with talk of Muslim extremists.
ISIS was created in part by the power vacuum left by America invading Iraq for weapons of mass destruction that never existed and in part by the repressive crackdowns on Sunni by the Iraqi Government.
ISIS have been funded by Saudi Arabia and Turkey for their own geopolitical interests and the idea that NZ can pop along and train an Iraqi Army that $25 billion from the US, so far, hasn't been able to do, seems bewilderingly optimistic.
If we want to stop ISIS, then come down harshly on those countries who are funding them.
The last decade in Afghanistan cost us $300million.
We could feed every hungry child in every poor school for an entire electoral term for that money. Imagine how much better NZ would be if we had feed hungry children here and tackled our own child poverty rather than accidentally killing civilians and handing them over to known torture units in Afghanistan?
War is not an answer.
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