War Comic: Mainlandia Invaded in Exercise Southern Katipo
Thursday, 14 November 2013, 1:29 pm
Column: Snoopman News
War Comic Script: Mainlandia Invaded in ‘Exercise Southern Katipo 2013 – Timaru Liberated!
11 November 2013
A spider that flies
Imagine that the Unites States’ main military operations organization, Strategic Command (or StratCom), is the head of a heavily armoured spider, whose habitat is global. Imagine also that its body is the US Department of Defense and its heart is the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. Then, imagine that the legs of this spider can fly and that it has landed in New Zealand.
Currently, a multi-country military exercise called Exercise Southern Katipo 2013 is taking place in the lower half of New Zealand’s South Island.
According to the New Zealand Defence Force, the training exercise will test its capability to deploy forces to a South West Pacific island or nation, with help from other countries, if required.
The training operation takes it name from the poisonous katipo spider, and featured troops landing on beaches of the South Canterbury coastline of the South Island in “Stage 1 – Force Projection” last week. Of the two kinds of katipo spider – red and black – which live in the sandy habitats of coastlines, the red katipo is the only katipo found in the South Island. Hence, the logo for the exercise features a red katipo spider.
Because spiders are famous for having eight legs, perhaps there is symbolic significance behind the supply of eight Lockheed C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft by the US military for the three week-long training exercise, which began on Monday November 4.
Southern Katipo: The comic-book world of a League of Goodmen vs Team Badistan
In Exercise Southern Katipo 2013, the Southern half of the South Island has become a country called Mainlandia. For the purposes of the exercise, the rest of the South Island does not exist. The North Island is New Zealand.
The scenario reads like a boy’s comic for the ‘War on Terror’ era. The corporate news media has reproduced the NZ Defence Force’s propaganda so uncritically that the Nazi’s Minister of Propaganda and evil genius, Joseph Goebbels, would surely have creamed his Hugo Boss manufactured pants if he were still alive to plot, be fanatical and cynical, and jerk stiff Hitler-esque goose-steps for kicks. Without a hint of joke-humour-mocking-fun at the NZ military, the few newspapers from the two trans-Tasman media conglomerates – Fairfax Media and APN News and Media – that have covered the war game exercise report that the NZ-led military coalition seeks to overcome the “bad guys”, “bad people”, “baddies” and even a local “Taliban”. Bless.
The Southern Katipo scenario envisaged escalating tensions wherein Mainlandia was “teetering on the brink of an ethnic-fuelled civil war” between the Bekarans and the Alpirians. According to the New Zealand Defence Force’s press release, the conflict had arisen following a recent election, because the prime minister of Mainlandia refused to step down (rather than either ethnicity actually using their enemies as fire accelerants in the “ethnic-fuelled civil war”).
It’s an easy mistake for Euro-American-centric military planners to make, since the Global Military Propaganda-Media Complex often describes conflicts in far-flung countries as merely hostilities between ethnic groups. These oversimplified descriptions draw on the lingering prejudices about fighting ‘savages’ from the colonial era. (These prejudices were termed a ‘European superiority complex’ in the documentary The Leech and the Earthworm).
Such propaganda omits to mention that the top suppliers of weapons are the world’s major governments, according to the New Internationalist’s No-Nonsense Guide to the Arms Trade. The news media also regularly fails to report America’s numerous client oligarchies around the world, who exploit the populations that they rule over, as described by US foreign policy critic Noam Chomsky in Deterring Democracy.
Back in the fictional world of Mainlandia, the recalcitrant government is supported by a militia, comprising the population situated in the fictional Bekaran region. The Timaru Herald reported in mid-October that the militia’s stronghold is located in the small city of Timaru, the capital of the Bekaran. Securing Timaru’s seaport and airport was the initial priority.
Ironically, Southern Katipo’s goal is to “restore law and order”, as worded in a New Zealand Defence Force media release, titled “Large Scale International Military Exercise Underway”. The NZ Defence Force seemed unaware that its major coalition partner, the United States, routinely practices subversion of genuine democracy when mass populaces choose leaders not fit for the term ‘client state’.
The New Zealand government has formed a coalition of forces to remove Mainlandia’s government, under the auspices of an organization called the International Stability Mission for Mainlandia (INSTAMM). Thus, the New Zealand coalition is comprised of the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, and Tonga.
Despite having a sizeable army, the island nation of Fiji, which is situated in the South West Pacific Ocean about 2000 kilometres north of New Zealand, is absent without invitation. In the real world, Fiji is famous for having coup d’états.
Notwithstanding the boy’s comic book scenario, the coalition of ‘defence’ forces will attempt to overcome a small militia of “bad people” located in a small rural township called Cave, which is Northwest of Timaru, according to The Timaru Herald‘s report of October 15. There is also “Waimate Taliban” in Waimate, a town south of Timaru that is to be suppressed, according to a November 7 report in the Oamaru Mail.
The location of Cave and the Waimate Taliban have symbolic meaning because the scenario references the myth of the Al Qaeda masterminds directing the 9/11 terrorist attacks from caves in Afghanistan. This myth has been thoroughly discredited by scholars that feature in the book The 9/11 Conspiracy: The Scamming of America, edited by James Fetzer.
The South Canterbury region was chosen because, according to Commander Kempster, “we wanted our international guests to appreciate how beautiful New Zealand is. It’s got everything we need – Timaru has a really good port, infrastructure and Tekapo has the training areas up the valley. It’s an area where the people are very supportive of the Defence Force”, Kempster told the Oamaru Mail.
The C-130’s, along with two Boeing C17 Globemasters, will provide troop mobility and airlift “hardware”. Because C130 Hercules can be equipped with surveillance gathering technology, Exercise Southern Katipo seems to be a means to extend the web of the StratCom’s surveillance reach. StratCom’s base at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska integrates into an entire global network the strike capability of the nine regional combatant commands, including U.S. Pacific Command (or PACOM). Based in Oahu, Hawaii, PACOM not only oversees the Pacific. Its watch includes China, India and the rest of South East Asia.
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