When challenged to directly ask if Mark Mitchell or his fellow mercenaries killed civilians – Stacey Kirk comes back with a fucking Saving Private Puppy story! I’m not kidding, he re-tells a story about saving bloody puppies!
You can’t actually satirise this…
But it’s not something Mitchell is ashamed of.
“It’s something that certainly, we’re all quietly proud of what was achieved during that time, in terms of we were there to start to try and rebuild the democracy and deliver regional and local elections.
“And we stuck together and we held together fast, when we came under a serious threat with the Mahdi militia and the uprising that we experienced.”
It was perhaps a foil for moments like those that prompted Mitchell to have his private contracting and security company embark on a mission that might seem foolhardy at best.
US Soldier Peter Neesley died in Baghdad, on Christmas Day. During his tour, he had befriended a stray dog and her three pups and looked after them – feeding them, and building them a kennel outside the base.
”Back in 2007 I was approached, at that time I was regularly working in Washington at the Pentagon, and I was approached through a mutual acquaintance of Democratic Senator Carl Levin, to ask whether or not we could help with a situation there,” Mitchell says.
Three of the pups had already died, but one named Boris survived.
“Of course when Peter died, there was no one there to look after them. And he’d indicated back to his family in the States that when he finished his tour of duty – which he had about six months to go – he was going to try and find a way of taking Mama and Boris back to the States.
“So the family felt like they wanted to get the dogs back because it gave them that very strong link back to Peter. They wanted to give them a better life.
“The US military couldn’t send troops out to look for dogs. If the troops had been killed or injured, there would have been some serious questions asked.”
Mitchell agreed to do the job, rounded up some volunteers and spent two days outside the protection of the base in Baghdad to look for them. It was a success story – Mama and Boris were vaccinated and brought to the States, where Neesley’s family cared for them.
…It’s fucking Saving Private Puppy!!!
FFS – will one of you journalists do your actual job and directly ask…
‘Did you or any of your mercenary mates kill any civilians while on tour in Iraq’
…not ‘did you kill anyone’, that isn’t the question! GET HIM ON RECORD!
Private military were exempt from Iraqi law so they could kill and injure with legal impunity. There is an enormous amount of evidence that shows very clearly that private militia killed thousands of innocent civilians, Mark Mitchell’s consistent refusal to answer directly questions about killing anyone is unacceptable if he intends to stand for the largest political party in NZ!
And don’t give me any of that, ‘oh-but-he’s-such-a-nice-guy-that’s-unfair-to-ask-him-a-pointed-question-like-that’ crap! He was a candidate in Slater & Lusk’s Far Right Candidates Academy plotting plans so dark that the moment Woodhouse found out about them he raced off to Head office to warn them!
Slater & Lusk also helped Mitchell win Rodney so any attempt to claim Mark is somehow operating on an ethical level above mere mortals is just bullshit.
ASK. THE. BLOODY. QUESTION!