Why aren't we bombing KFC double down burgers?
Last month on TVNZ's Q+A, the Defense Minister Wayne Mapp justified NZ's continued occupation of Afghanistan by claiming 7 NZers had died in a decade because of Terrorism.
Let's get this straight. We are in Afghanistan because less than 1 NZ citizen has died per year for a decade? That's our threshold to invade and occupy another country?
Why aren't we bombing KFC for their new double down burger then?
If less than one NZ citizen dying over 10 years is justification to prop up a corrupt regime that has rigged two past elections, then the loss of nearly a million NZers over a decade due to heart disease should justify the public execuation of Colonel Sanders as a war criminal!
The revelations exposed in this months Metro Magazine about what our SAS have been really doing in Afghanistan however is no laughing matter. Despite John Key attempting to bully a journalist with the reputation of Jon Stephenson by claiming Jon was lying about details investigated within the article, (allegations Jon has denied and counters that the Defence Ministry is merely playing semantics by redefining the detention of prisoners as 'in the vicinity of SAS', I challenge any NZer to read the article and not conculde that we are in fact on an ongoing basis handing civilians over to be tortured by known torture units and that the in coming Govenor General, Jerry Mateparae misled Parliament about the legal loop hole he had found to escape the Geneva Convention and International law.
From the raid on Band E Timur where NZ SAS handed civilains over to be tortured should be a deep blight on the honour of our armed services. It is unacceptable that our Political and Military leaders have sent our forces to fight a war where the ethics are so low we support and empower regular torture.
The sadest thing about this despicable farce is that it is the SAS troops themselves who have brought these abuses to the attention of the public by agreeing to talk to Jon yet the war mongers amongst us dare attempt to distort the issue with flag blinded patriotism while screaming that we need to support the troops (I suspect most of those rednecks have not in fact read the article).
Hone Harawira called for NZ Troops to be pulled out of Afghanistan over the weekend, it is something every thinking NZer should demand. Propping up a corrupt regime while forcing our troops to hand over civilians to torture units under the guise of democracy and freedom is a bitter hypocrisy that should make every New Zealander ashamed.
Thank God Metro became relevant again.