Great news comrades!
We have won in Iraq and Afghanistan and we are slowly returning our victorious hero soldiers home!
New Zealand troops will soon be coming home from Iraq in the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced.
But troops will remain in Afghanistan for at least another 18 months, although with a new focus.
We are so brave and we need to have a victory rally in every city to welcome our triumphant boys and girls home!
I would have thought winning in Iraq and Afghanistan would have been leading news on all the networks, but I must have missed that announcement.
Now cynics might suggest that this entire clusterfuck of an invasion into Iraq and Afghanistan that has cost 6 trillion dollars, that has murdered at least half a million and has left at least $100billion in reconstruction costs was a horrific and illegal over reaction to 9-11 that was seized upon by US Hawks for geopolitical purposes and that our own military involvement in war crimes that killed citizens and breached the Geneva convention should be a stain upon our honour and integrity.
But screw the cynics eh! Mission Accomplished! Let’s do our ‘aren’t we so brave and heroic’ dance.
The real reason we are getting the hell out while Canada is increasing its involvement is because the Iranian sanctions will cripple the Iraqi economy and plunge the region into more radicalism. We really don’t want to be anywhere near the region when that ticking time bomb goes off.
We can’t evaluate our role in this war crime of an invasion because we are too close to it and don’t want to sully the engagement, but history will judge us as merely a poodle of deeply flawed US foreign policy, the involvement of which made our soldiers commit war crimes.
Invading Iraq and Afghanistan was always wrong, and the speed with which the situation will implode again will be our legacy once we leave.