How come we have the money to re-invade Iraq for America but don’t have the money to feed hungry kids in poor schools for NZ?
The last decade of propping up a corrupt Government in Afghanistan cost us $300 million. That’s a cool $30million per year, plus ten solider’s lives lost, plus our Military becoming involved in handing civilians over to known torture units in breach of the Geneva Convention.
That’s right, our last decade of ‘peacekeeping’ put us on possible war crime charges.
Key’s War will be far more dangerous and expensive. Re-invading Iraq with a mere 16 specialists suggests that the vast bulk of that 100+ force are soldiers for killing things, not bridge building engineers hand crafting schools out of snot and hope. According to Jon Stephenson, NZs best investigative Journalist on the subject, the SAS have been operating in Iraq for months already.
Key’s attempt to re-write history this week was bewildering and thuggish. He tried to claim that when he said entry into Iraq was the ‘price of the club’, he actually meant the ‘club of Nations’ and not the 5 Eyes Club. Problem is, that Key was referring directly to the 5 Eyes Club in the BBC interview where he gave that answer, so waiting weeks to clarify that statement suggests that Key is simply lying through his teeth and is confident that the Country will fall in behind him.
Key’s just so confident isn’t he?
And why shouldn’t Key be confident? ISIS have shown an incredible skill at using basic internet abilities to put together produced acts of violence made more disturbing because we never see the results of Western drone strikes on our mainstream media.
What happens if one of our soldiers gets captured? What nightmare scenario could they dream up and broadcast? What if a mentally disturbed person does what other mentally disturbed people have done and kill locals at a Mall? Some of us would point the finger directly at Key and blame him for the decision to invade in the first place, but I fear most NZers would feel so outraged at the killings that they would rally around Key and demand we increase our troop deployment.
Watch how NZ reacts to violent crime domestically. We get so outraged at a killing, we demand feral prison sentences and harsh treatment. I can see those angrier angels of our natures being played horribly by Key should a domestic act or soldier kidnapping occur.
Can we trust our mainstream media to keep Key accountable? I’m afraid it is unlikely. There is a damning history of the NZDF manipulating and conning a very compliant news media over what our troops are really doing overseas. If we look at the recent scandal of the NZ Herald revealing that the donor who had falsely smeared Cunliffe over donations that never occurred had actually donated to National, it seems pretty apparent that the news media are content with zero evidence gossip that diminishes the Opposition rather than Government scrutiny.
This is what full spectrum political dominance looks like, Key can do what he likes and he is.