First NZ death in Afghanistan
NZ soldier killed in Bamyan
LATEST: A New Zealand soldier has been killed in an attack while on patrol in Bamyan in Afghanistan, the Defence Force says. Two others have been wounded and a local interpreter in the patrol was also injured. The NZDF said they are informing next of kin. The soldier who was killed and the three wounded were part of the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team patrol.
Let's be very, very, very honest - we are bloody lucky that we have been in Afghanistan for this period of time and have only lost one life, which we should be thankful for because if there is anything the wikileaks 90 000 leaked documents show, Afghanistan is a basket case.
We should never ask our soldiers to put their lives at risk unless it is absolutely necessary and one really has to start asking questions about what on earth we are still doing in Afghanistan, is our presence causing more violence than if we weren't there?
Those wider questions are for tomorrow because today NZ has to bury another son who fought at the request of our Government and who died not sure what they lost their life for, just as we always have in the wars we get ourselves sucked into.
"At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them."