Look, I appreciate everyone is busy burning down 5G cell towers, but the latest complaints by a NZ Peace group against the purchase of 5 new Super Hercules is, and how do I say this politely, missing the fucking point…
The Government’s decision to buy five new Super Hercules aircraft for $1.5 billion is being criticised by a national peace organisation.
The Government confirmed on Friday they will be replacing the RNZAF’s existing fleet of Hercules, with a new fleet of five Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Super Hercules transport aircraft.
But World Beyond War says the Government should have bought grounded Air New Zealand planes, rather than new ones.
“Air New Zealand has a fleet of well maintained planes ready to use for the excellent humanitarian and environmental work that we do both here and in the Pacific,” World Beyond War national director Liz Remmerswaal said.
“We understand that the Hercules war planes are technically geared to be a full fighting force closely aligned with the US military under the command of Donald Trump, which quite frankly is terrifying.
…ok, firstly, this is bullshit.
The NZDF needs to replace our ageing Hercules, they are a life line infrastructure throughout the Pacific at times of disaster relief and humanitarian missions. Proposing that the Government use AIR NZ planes instead of buying 5 new planes suggests the activist group can’t differentiate between a shovel and an Excavator. An Air NZ plane can’t do what specially fitted out military planes allows for, this is a dumb idea but more than that, it is totally focusing on the wrong thing!
Look, I agree with the Peace Activists, we must not allow ourselves to become a tool of the American Military Industrial Complex, and this issue is more important than ever, especially as the 5 Eyes suddenly quicken the drum beat for war by cracking down on economic connections with China yesterday.
The first move in the build up to war is you quietly protect your economic interests…
The Five Eyes spy-alliance between New Zealand and its allies appears to be expanding to include economic strategy, in what experts say presents a “significant departure” from its focus on intelligence sharing.
Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has been pushing for the five countries, which includes the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada, to have regular meetings to co-ordinate their economic responses to Covid-19 and “ensure global financial stability”.
New Zealand Finance Minister Grant Robertson has confirmed he will attend the phone calls, but he is more muted about the significance of the talks than his Australian counterpart.
Foreign policy watchers say the move is part of a broader effort by Australia and the US to shore up economic security and take a harder line on China, which will make New Zealand uncomfortable.
…this positioning to protect economic interests happens just as China accuses Australia of racism…
China’s state media has unleashed an extraordinary attack on Australia, saying its “chronic” problem with racism is worsening.
In a scathing piece overnight, the government-friendly Global Times said that, for its citizens, “hanging out with friends and shopping could be dangerous” in Australia.
…and floods the world with propaganda trying to attack the West’s pandemic response…
China has been accused by Brussels of running disinformation campaigns inside the European Union, as the bloc set out a plan to tackle a “huge wave” of false facts about the coronavirus pandemic.
The European commission said Russia and China were running “targeted influence operations and disinformation campaigns in the EU, its neighbourhood, and globally”. While the charge against Russia has been levelled on many occasions, this is the first time the EU executive has publicly named China as a source of disinformation.
French politicians were furious when a Chinese embassy website claimed in mid-April, at the height of Europe’s pandemic, that care workers had abandoned their jobs leaving residents to die. The unnamed Chinese diplomat also claimed falsely that 80 French lawmakers had used a racist slur against the head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
…this all suggests a time of immense friction in the South Pacific so who our military forces are influenced by matters more than ever before.
So yes, Peace Activists SHOULD be concerned by who influences our military with the sudden ratcheting up of possible conflict between China and America, BUT NO, the Hercules aren’t the problem, the secret making NZ a military target and the purchase of Sub hunting planes to protect that secret IS the problem.
Unbeknownst to most NZers, Rocket Lab is a Military Industrial Complex franchise, not some plucky Number 8 Wire Dad Shed schlock that Rocket Lab like to project to the sleepy hobbits of Muddle Nu Zilind…
Rocket Lab’s link with the CIA’s venture capital firm was revealed in 2016 by US investigative journalism site The Intercept, but has not been reported by the New Zealand media.
Although it operates independently, In-Q-Tel invests on behalf of the CIA and the broader US intelligence community in companies whose products may have national security applications.
A document obtained by The Intercept shows that Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck spoke at a summit of In-Q-Tel portfolio companies in February 2016. Other speakers included then-FBI director James Comey. Beck earlier wrote about Rocket Lab for In-Q-Tel’s quarterly publication in 2015.
In contrast, Lockheed Martin’s investment in Rocket Lab is mentioned routinely in press coverage and was the subject of a jibe by departing Vector chairman Michael Stiassny to the Vector AGM last week.
However, the extent of Rocket Lab’s defence industry work has gone essentially unremarked. Details of this work had been removed from Rocket Lab’s website by the time the regulatory regime enabling the company’s activities in New Zealand came into law last year.
Put aside the zero public debate of whether or not we should get this close to the American Military Industrial Complex in the first place and note that no one ever explained to the NZ public how allowing Rocket Labs to launch US military satellites immediately upgrades NZ to being a legitimate military target!
Because of this, Chinese Subs and Russian Subs will legitimately sit off the East Coast of NZ targeting the launch site.
THIS is why we needed to buy 4 P-8s! Because America able to launch military satellites from NZ makes us a target and we need to defend that target with sub hunting planes!
Defence Minister Ron Mark has announced the Government will buy four Boeing P-8A Poseidons to replace the defence force’s ageing fleet of P-3K Orions. The purchase has been a longtime coming.
The P-8s, known as submarine killers, mark a new era in defence procurement, with one expert calling this the most significant defence purchase in a generation.
Brothers & Sisters, we should be up in arms over the increasing influence of the American Military Industrial Complex over our military, but attacking the Hercules planes and not the sub hunting P-8’s which we are having to buy to protect a US Military Space launch site seems to be doing a terrible disservice in providing oversight to this issue.
With the Pandemic barely starting, the economic pressures that make war inevitable will only push China and America closer to the brink of conflict, especially with erratic Trump’s election looming.
We need to understand who is influencing our Military Intelligence at the core of our Government or risk becoming confused by the fog of war. Attacking 5 Hercules planes and ignoring the sub hunting ones and why we are buying those sub hunting planes is one such fog.
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