It looks like we are going to join this pointless and immoral re-invasion of Iraq. Every week Key pushes the case for war by highlighting the internet atrocities of ISIS while totally ignoring the atrocities of America’s allies.
Saudi Arabia behead more people than any other country, I haven’t heard John Key explain why we are invading them yet.
It’s not that something shouldn’t be done about ISIS, it should. We should be pressuring Saudi Arabia and Turkey to stop funding ISIS and seeing as ISIS only came to power because of the barbarity of the Iraq Government and the power vacuum created by America invading in the first place, suddenly hopping on the ‘we have to re-invade Iraq because that’s the cost of the 5 Eyes club’ bandwagon seems like an incredible ability to learn absolutely nothing from history.
But how far are Labour actually from where Key wants to go? Labour voted for warrantless 24 hour spying by the SIS and slapped down the Greens by locking them out of the Intelligence review – (despite the SIS and PMs Office getting caught red handed trying to influence the 2011 election by falsely smearing Goff). These tactical decisions are being driven by Labour’s desire to reconnect to the middle, and sadly the middle worship authority. Over compensating by playing the macho man routine on National Security is a way for Labour to appeal to the middle and nothing gets the middle more excited than a war against an evil enemy.
Simplistic enemies who are evil are pretty easy to go to war against, complex regional powers funding sock puppet fanatical religious splinter groups fighting regimes as barbaric as they are however creases the foreheads of the middle. It is vital for Key to keep this war simple and the right wing media won’t risk boring the middle with the complexities, so Labour need to look like they love killing evil as well.
Which brings us back to how far apart Labour and National really are on this. National want boots on the ground and will pretend that the armed forces are ‘training’ and ‘safe behind the wire’ blah blah blah. Andrew LKittle doesn’t want to put boots on the ground, but he is happy for the NZ intelligence organisations to guide in air strikes for the American’s.
In Pakistan, America’s drone strikes are killing 49 civilians for every terrorist, that’s an incredibly high rate of innocent people being blown to pieces for freedom-democracy-war against barbarity – choose your justification.
The differences between Labour and National on re-invading Iraq are marginal at best, but the desire to kill ISIS by Little will endear Labour to the middle.
Labour are well on their way to winning 2017, the only question is how many immoral, unprincipled, carcinogenic dead rats they have to swallow to get there.