A significant proportion of New Zealanders want to see the GCSB (Government Communications Security Bureau) spy agency closed, its Waihopai spybase shut down and New Zealand withdraw from the “five eyes” alliance.
These three policy changes would shift New Zealand to an independent foreign policy rather than the role of toady to the US bullyboy as it spreads death and destruction, mayhem and murder, insecurity and instability around the world.
The Green Party has had these policy objectives since its inception and each year at least one Green Party MP has attended the annual protest at the base along with associated activities organised by ABC (the Anti-Bases Campaign)
This year Stefan Browning represented the Greens.
Most Labour Party activists would likewise support these three policy changes and with a Trump-led US intensifying its international rampage I think most New Zealanders will seriously question whether we should remain part of this unholy alliance.
Currently the US is bombing seven countries with regular drone strikes as it works hard to fight any attempts to restrict access to US corporations to any part of the globe. Under Trump this aggression will escalate as the US moves to openly challenge China – after appeasement with its old cold-war enemy Russia.
John Pilger has a film coming out shortly “The Coming War on China” which clearly outlines this renewed US objective.
As this scenario unfolds and public opinion shifts further, progressive New Zealanders will need to apply intense pressure on the leadership of our biggest political parties for them to develop foreign policies based on principle rather than cowardly expediency.
That’s how we got our anti-nuclear policy in place and that’s how we will leave the five eyes.