The focus here should be that Key said before the election that we wouldn’t be going to war, but that horse has bolted and joined the Navy.
Key raises the terror threat from double yawn to yawn, and starts saying ridiculous things like ISIS will rain carnage. Cue some cuddly fluffy stories about the GCSB caring about democracy and the time is just about ripe for a local extremist example that clownishly gets expanded to every Muslim and hey presto, we’ve got what passes as a justification for our entry into a war.
I’m guessing we will start hearing how amazing ISIS is at using the internet to recruit and the need to raise new surveillance laws to crack down on that.
On Firstline this morning Key was holding up the deployment in Afghanistan when asked how long we would be in Iraq. So we are talking at least a decade with no clear exit strategy. Key’s point in using Afghanistan as an example was of course to deflect any criticism of entering this war, the difference between Afghanistan and this new adventure is that in Afghanistan we were parked into a relatively sleepy corner of that war with the odd SAS hit job thrown in, this is an active war zone where our presence is seen as simply exacerbating the problem, not solving it.
If we were serious about cracking down on ISIS we would use our new role at the UN to pressure Turkey and Saudi Arabia to stop funding them.