Green Party Defence spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman said while it was great some of the new funding was being spent on humanitarian relief, the Government should commit the entire $13m to it.
“That amount could make a huge difference if we had given it in humanitarian relief. It could save so many more lives and make so many more people safe.”
Ghahraman said she believed New Zealand’s contribution to weapons for Ukraine was driven by diplomatic relations and alignment with international partners.
“In terms of where New Zealand is best-placed to get engaged in this war, it isn’t by providing weapons and being that kind of actor. It’s less effective, we do it less well and we’re contributing to something that we understand less of.
“What New Zealand and the entire international community has been called upon – to provide immediate humanitarian relief and we’ve now somehow made a decision that we’re giving more in military aid than humanitarian relief, so that’s a bit disappointing.”
Golriz is 100% right!
I know we are disgusted and sickened by the images out of the Ukraine, you wouldn’t be human if such reckless violence against civilians didn’t move you!
I know we are also right now frightened and angry and feeling the squeeze of Omicron economically and socially which is driving the desire to lash out.
But we mustn’t lash out!
Our strength is in our pacifism and principled stance on war. We heal, we protect, we defend, we talk and we de-escalate.
We don’t go throwing money into weapons for conflict.
We are cruising dangerously close to thresholds where war is declared and while I feel every day for the people of Ukraine, they are up against a desperate tyrant who has forced his army into an unprovoked war and whose violence is being borne by a civilian population who are innocent.
Who also has nuclear weapons.
The focus must be on the devastation of fleeing refugees, bringing everyone to the negotiation table and the immediate cessation of hostilities.
There is no military solution in Ukraine and the threat of a desperate leader with nukes miscalculating doesn’t need our pile on.
Right after we made this declaration, Government websites in NZ went off line…
Government websites including the New Zealand Parliament website and the Companies Office were inaccessible and showing security warnings on Tuesday afternoon.
The Government’s RealMe portal login.realme.govt.nz, which is used for a range of services including Inland Revenue and My Covid Record, was unavailable throughout the afternoon.
The Companies Office website could not be accessed, and instead showed a message saying: “Attackers might be trying to steal your information from login.realme.govt.nz“.
Later the site said: “The resource you are looking for has been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.”
…looks like the Russians noticed.
This weird cry for the NZDF to send weapons to Ukraine to kill evil Russians is strangely similar to the middle class Marxists screaming for police to bash the smelly lumpenproletariat nazis off Parliament’s lawns and is now extending to a new SIS Stasi to dob in enemies of the State who say mean things about you on line.
When did we go from peace loving kiwis to righteous violence?
Where is our ‘enemy to none, friend to all’ headspace?
It seems that ever since the Wellington Middle Class Marxists got spooked by the Dumb Lives Matter protest, any perception of threat is now met with a Trevor Mallard level over reaction.
This sudden rush of blood to the head is directing demands for us to give Ukrainians lethal military aid which when you consider the dangers of escalation with a dangerously bogged down and nuclear armed Putin is the antithesis of what we should be doing.
It’s like our feelings now rule social policy debate and drive actual policy implementation!
We feel angry and frightened by the Dumb Lives Matter protestors so send in the Army and riot police.
We feel angry and frightened by the images we see on TV, so send lethal military aid.
We feel angry and frightened by people saying mean things anonymously online so demand an SIS Stasi!
In each case our fear and anger is making us want severe responses.
We need to chill the fuck out.
Golriz is 100% right on this issue. We shouldn’t be sending lethal aid.
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