Jacinda’s hedging on the whole Syrian gas attack is looking like a far smarter position to have taken rather than the unquestioning support other global leaders offered in the wake of a damning report by one of the best journalists on the planet, Robert Fisk…
This is the story of a town called Douma, a ravaged, stinking place of smashed apartment blocks — and of an underground clinic whose images of suffering allowed three of the Western world’s most powerful nations to bomb Syria last week. There’s even a friendly doctor in a green coat who, when I track him down in the very same clinic, cheerfully tells me that the ‘gas’ videotape which horrified the world – despite all the doubters – is perfectly genuine.
War stories, however, have a habit of growing darker. For the same 58-year old senior Syrian doctor then adds something profoundly uncomfortable: the patients, he says, were overcome not by gas but by oxygen starvation in the rubbish-filled tunnels and basements in which they lived, on a night of wind and heavy shelling that stirred up a dust storm.
As Dr Assim Rahaibani announces this extraordinary conclusion, it is worth observing that he is by his own admission not an eye witness himself and, as he speaks good English, he refers twice to the jihadi gunmen of Jaish el-Islam [the Army of Islam] in Douma as “terrorists” – the regime’s word for their enemies, and a term used by many people across Syria. Am I hearing this right? Which version of events are we to believe?
…so in light of this, exactly what does Simon Bridges mean by ‘NZ should have been stronger on Syrian strikes’?
How else should NZ have been stronger on a fake news story on gassing children which may have been manipulated to con Trump into launching military action?
Bridges says he doesn’t know if he would send troops.
But he didn’t know whether, if he was in the position Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in now, he would offer troops or other military support to the United States.
“The honest answer is I don’t know. We’ve got to be very careful about those sorts of things. In this instance, in terms of [New Zealand’s] diplomatic response, it’s fine, but it could have been a bit stronger,” Bridges told Newshub’s AM show.
Really? You don’t know if you’d send troops into a conflict inspired by manipulated war crimes?
That’s a tad concerning isn’t it?
Who is easier to manipulate? Donald Trump with faked images of gassed children or Simon Bridges sending troops into a war zones using faked images of gassed children?