Brothers and sisters, I have to ask you a question, it’s an important question and it’s a question we don’t often ask ourselves, but do we still have an independent foreign policy in this country? After Optimist Prime’s Letterman ‘We loves America’ suck up, sending the SAS back to Afghanistan and our staged walkout with the US-Israel block over Iran, does NZ have an opinion any longer or do we just do what America tells us now?
What’s the point of NZ getting a seat on the security Council if we are going to be yet another American puppet with no independent voice? Is the height of John Key’s optimism to be told what to say by our bigger mates? Is that the flat line of John Key’s vision? Yes Mr President, what’s my foreign policy today Sir?
Last week an independent UN fact-finding mission into the recent Gaza conflict published its findings. This major report outlines powerful evidence of war crimes and other violations of international law on both sides, the vote to adopt it’s recommendations is Tuesday at the UN.
The signs are that the report will be vetoed by our allies to save Israel any further investigation into war crimes. Are we to assume that NZ will fall into line with our allies or will we urge support for the UN report because if we do what our Allies tell us then we’ll be sending the signal that some UN reports should be followed if they are against Iran, but other UN reports should be ignored if they are against Israel.
That looks like a double standard, a bit like how our Optimist-in-Chief was telling the UN how serious climate change is, yet has cobbled together with the Maori party an Emission Trading Scheme that is pathetic and serves only to subsidize big industry polluters rather than fight global warming. If NZ, a relatively rich country won’t bother leading the new generation of low carbon thinking, why the hell should India, China or Brazil bother changing?
When John Key wasn’t marketing the loosest slot machines in the Pacific Rim on Letterman.
(more on Pamela Anderson at Fashion week later)
He was quietly signing a deal with the corrupt election tampering Afghanistan government to protect our SAS from legal implications of complicity in torture. Why weren’t our mainstream media asking questions about this Government signing secret immunity deals with corrupt regimes to let our troops off the hook if they are complicit in torture?
Because the loosest slot machine in the Pacific Rim was visiting for Fashion week.
That’s right NZ, instead of asking questions about torture
immunity deals with regimes that torture, amateur porn star and fashion guru? Pamela Anderson was the main news story this week, if I were Israel, on the day they start bombing Iran I’d have Pamela Anderson visit the wailing wall to block out news pictures of Tehran burning.
Isn’t this Government signing torture immunity deals with Afghanistan kinda more important than an amateur porn star at fashion week? I mean why are we signing torture immunity deals, do we intend to torture anyone? How does torture immunity deals help build freedom and democracy, isn’t torture immunity deals the exact opposite of democracy and freedom?
Rather than answer those questions, let’s just look at the loosest slot machine in the pacific rim again