John Key expands SAS in Afghanistan because they asked
SAS redeployed to Afghanistan
Prime Minister John Key has confirmed the New Zealand Special Air Service (SAS) deployment to Afghanistan will be extended for another year from April.
However, it will be a smaller deployment of about 35, compared to the current 70.
Mr Key said the deployment would work in partnership with the Afghanistan primary response unit, as at present.
It was likely to be the last deployment and was requested by the SAS itself which had wanted to bed in its work well before leaving.
Let me get this straight. John Key has decided to allow our SAS to stay in a war to prop up a corrupt regime where we actively pass prisoners along to torture units BECAUSE THE SAS ASKED HIM TO?
Since when the bloody hell did the military get to dictate to the NZ Government whether we stay inside a war or not?
The excuse is nonsense and gutless, Key is keeping the SAS there because we are now a lap dog to the US with no independent foreign policy (witness Key's incredible support of Egypt's dictator because a democratic Egypt may threaten our 'ally' Israel).
Blaming the SAS is weak, Key has made this decision and he has to be held responsible for a war that has nothing to do with freedom and democracy and everything to do with oil and gas pipelines through Afghanistan.
In 1996, the Wall Street Journal declared the Taliban, "are the players most capable of achieving peace in Afghanistan at this moment in history"., this was because they had just defeated the American armed Northern Alliance who had just ended their 4 year 50 000 dead rampage thanks to America walking away without disarming their most fervent anti-soviet fighters (hilariously Osama Bin Laden had been given $4 billion in which to fight the USSR).
This praise of the Taliban proceeded a massive attempt to win over the Taliban so that America could build a vast oil pipe line that enables them to tap into the huge oil fields of the Caspian Sea. Taliban were flown to Washington and wined and dined by George W Bush Snr and entertained in Housten by senior executives of Unocal who offered the Taliban fifteen cents for every thousand cubic feet of gas pumped through Afghanistan.
In 1998, Unocal's Vice-President for International Relations, John J Maresca told a Congressional inquiry that "by 2010, Western countries could increase oil production to 4.5 million barrels a day, an increase of more than 500% in fifteen years". His appeal was for a regime that could guarantee that increase.
At first America did all they could to provide such a regime, Unocal signed a 'memorandum of understanding' to build the pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan via Afghanistan, it did this on behalf of Enron, Amoco, BP, Chevron, Exxon and Mobil with the deal makers being none other than Dick Cheney and former Defence Secretary James Baker.
The deal went sour when two American Embassies were bombed in east Africa and Al Queda were blamed. The September 11 attacks provided the perfect pretense to invade Afghanistan under the flag blinded claim of 'freedom and democracy'.
This war in Afghanistan has nothing to do with freedom and democracy, it has to do with securing America's never ending belief that they and they alone have the god given right to take oil resources from any part of the world under whatever pretext they need.
A new left wing party would demand the immediate withdrawal from this fiasco.