The tip line is running hot with questions over the manner in which the Ministry of Defence has gone about talking to the families of soldiers deployed in Iraq.
In the past, the NZDF has manipulated, lied to and threatened the media of NZ into either being an unwitting mouthpiece for NZDF propaganda or they have turned critical journalists into pariahs.
Concerns relayed to TDB are…
– Prior to deployment NZDF staff met with the families of troops being deployed and painted a very bleak picture as to why we should be going to Iraq (rape/murder etc); while all of this is certainly true it also did smack of a heavy dose of propaganda and the families were only given one side of the story.
– A gag order on any information shared in the meeting was placed on the families also; the NZDFs main reason being that ISIS apparently has a history of hacking social media and targeting family members of troops.
– According to sources the troops have arrived in Baghdad; a city that they were never meant to be sent into in the first place and have not moved up to their proposed base since ISIS took Ramadi a few days ago and are now stuck in limbo.
– Also according to this source, far from being the bastion of defence it has been portrayed to be to Kiwis via the MSM, the ‘base’ is in fact constructed of shipping containers for the most part and resources are completely depleted in the area and it can not be fortified further.
…gagging families from commenting on the dangerous situation Key has placed NZ soldiers into so he can win points with America is as bad as the new plans to stop independent investigations of NZ soldiers killed in action.
The pointlessness of re-invading Iraq is one thing, manipulating and silencing the families is another.