Aug 142012

Deaths show stupidity of sending troops
Last updated 05:00 13/08/2012

OPINION: On September 11, 2001, when two planes sent the twin towers of the World Trade Center crashing down, al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was thought to be hiding somewhere in Afghanistan. His gratis cave accommodation was provided courtesy of the fund amentalist Taleban government, which had taken over most of the country some years before.

New Zealanders didn’t know much about the Taleban – we still don’t – yet our Labour/Alliance government couldn’t send troops quickly enough to support the subsequent American invasion. Though the issue split the Alliance, with its hard-Left activists objecting to their party supporting Yankee imperialism, the rest of the country sleepily supported the deployment.

Though the Taleban was overthrown before Christmas of 2001, our soldiers are still there over a decade later. This conflict has lasted as long as the two World Wars combined.

Peace has not come to the country but, most importantly for our politicians, we are back in Uncle Sam’s good books.

And our reconstruction teams have done some good deeds. According to our prime minister, girls can now attend school in Bamiyan Province without discrimination. I hope our South Auckland charter schools will be as respectful of human rights.

But our soldiers face a hostile and well-armed enemy playing at home. And we know the corrupt Karzai government would collapse if the US and its allies pulled out.

When news of the ambush on New Zealand troops broke last week, Kiwis were united in their grief and aroha for the families of those killed or wounded. What surprised me also was the almost unanimous political support for our continued military involvement in Afghanistan. Consent has been well and truly manufactured.

I expected our prime minister to reiterate his support for our continuing military presence until the tour of duty ends some time next year. But I didn’t expect the Labour leader to agree. ”We’ve got a programme to withdraw over time and I think that’s probably the right way to go,” said David ”Probably” Shearer. Probably is probably his middle name.

I thank the Labour leader for informing us about his party’s policy U-turn. Last time I checked, Labour was opposed to military involvement in Afghanistan. Phil Goff’s own nephew was killed there. During the 2011 election campaign Mr Goff made the difficult, yet principled decision to call for the troops to come home as soon as possible. His policy would have saved lives but we were too busy screaming ”show me the money” to care.

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  3 Responses to “Deaths show stupidity of sending troops”

  1. Letter to Dom Post from Rob McLean

    I congratulate Dave Armstrong on his honest article about the war in Afghanistan. There just one crucial thing that everyone seems to be overlooking in this endless, senseless war. That is, the reason the US used to invade Afghanistan in the first place. That reason is bin Laden and it happens to be a fact that he has never been indicted by the FBI for 911. To blame the tragic events of 911 on some sick old Arab guy living in a cave defies logic. That is why thousands of Architects and Engineers have put their jobs on the line by stating that it is physically impossible for a steel framed skyscraper to suffer a collapse from fire.

    Bin Laden was a convenient fall guy to blame 911 on, as it gave the US a compelling reason to invade Afghanistan and Balkanise the entire Middle East. The plans to invade Afghanistan were hatched BEFORE 911 and all the evidence suggests that this was a staged event. So that now, the US and her allies are ramping up the use of drones in more and more Arab countries and to illegally assassinate people without trial. The collateral damage to innocent civilians and their property and the slurs on their Islamic beliefs has stirred up intense hatred against the invaders. 911 is the culprit.

  2. My letter…

    I would like to thank Dave Armstrong for his courageous article. We have lost too many of our NZ sons because of our support of the illegal invasion and occupation of Afghanistan. Eleven years on and our government leaders continue to remind us that we are there because the Taliban supported and harboured the Al-Qaeda terrorists allegedly responsible for those crimes committed on 911. Just as the war in Iraq has already shown how easily governments can be lead into war based on propaganda and false evidence, the now available body of scientific evidence shows us that the official account of 911 is nothing but an historic cover-up and criminal fraud against the people of the US and the rest of the world.

    The collapse of building 7 (not hit by a plane) and the discovery of military grade Nano-Thermite incendiary in the buildings collapse dust is a ticking time bomb and will not be continued to be ignored. NZ troops should be immediately removed from Afghanistan until 9/11 is properly investigated and evidence is produced to demonstrate Afghanistan is not responsible in any way for those attacks.

    Naturally the common people don’t want war… Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders… All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism.

    ~ Herman Goering

  3. Congratulations to David Ruddlestone whose excellent letter was published in the Dominion Post 15 August 2012

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