Kiwi troops ‘in a hornet’s nest’ – analyst
A defence analyst says Kiwi troops are in a “hornet’s nest” barely 100km from rampaging Isis troops in Iraq.
New Zealanders have started training local troops in Taji, Iraq, to fight the so-called Islamic State (Isis).
Taji, in a largely Sunni area, is about 120km from Ramadi — a city that Isis overran this week.
So much for Key’s claim that our troops would be safe ‘behind the wire’. Adding more violence to re-invade a country that has fallen into this situation because America invaded it under false pretences is neither moral or rational. America spent $25billion on trying to train the Iraqi Army, the same Army that committed atrocities that helped ISIS gain support in the first place.
We are in Iraq to suck up to America, this isn’t a moral mission of mercy. This is John Key’s war, it’s not NZs war. If anything happens, the blood is on his hands.
It seems astonishing to me that a Prime Minister can put NZ soldiers at risk for political brownie points with the yanks for a war he had previously assured NZ before the election that we would’t be involved in and there be no fall out with the NZ electorate.
When even a card carrying member of the National Party like John Armstrong can see the madness in all of this, surely middle NZ can…
New Zealand’s 100-plus contingent of military training specialists plus support personnel have barely arrived in Iraq. Yet the folly of this military (mis)adventure is already rapidly becoming apparent.
Last week’s fall of the city of Ramadi after Iraqi forces capitulated to Islamic State fighters, despite heavily outnumbering their enemy, has shifted the front-line in this sectarian struggle worryingly close to Taji, the huge military camp within which the New Zealanders are based alongside Australian counterparts.
Unless the Isis (Islamic State) advance is halted, the New Zealand Government is going to be faced with a major dilemma at some point in the not-too-distant future: pull the training team out of Iraq and lose face, plus earn black marks from the Americans and the Australians; or stick it out for the sake of good form and loyalty to allies and gamble on things not deteriorating with the risks this brings, including the possibility of casualties.
…we can’t win this war, our allies are butchers and warlords and our reasons for fighting are more to do with our membership of 5 Eyes than human rights.
What has happened to NZ?