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Monday, August 27, 2012

I'm not sure threatening to rape and kill helps prove NZ's involvement in Afghanistan is ethical



It's a fascinating social media lynching of Barbara Sumner Burstyn. I hope the people who set up the facebook site demanding Burstyn hand in her passport appreciate the irony of threatening to rape and murder her with a chainsaw to justify NZ's ethical deployment in Afghanistan.

What is so interesting is the speed and size of the backlash to Burstyn's comments. The ferocity of public anger at conscientious objectors from our previous wars is a history rarely examined in NZ and critics of war risk invoking a vicious response.

Those who buy into the authority structure seldom enjoy being told the sacrifice of war is wasted. The anger should be directed at our leaders who have asked our soldiers to put themselves in harms way for reasons not as wholesome as freedom or democracy.

We are in Afghanistan to ingratiate ourselves with America in their latest empire building binge. Our troops have been asked to hand over citizens to known torture units, we are propping up a corrupt narco state and the local building projects we have completed have been derided as overblown PR projects by independent reports.

I criticized the mainstream media's coverage as to why NZers are not aware of what we are actually doing in Afghanistan and the backlash at Burstyn's uncompromising comments highlight how effective the Defense Ministry's propaganda campaign has been.

I personally find the myopic focus on these NZ deaths difficult to justify when the Afghanistan people have suffered over 40 000 dead and injured, 250 000 externally displaced people and 500 000 internally displaced people.

Every hour of every minute of every second of occupying someone else's country must be justified and criticized, even when we find the criticism offensive.

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4 Comments:

At 27/8/12 10:08 am, Blogger kidding around said...

"Those who buy into the authority structure seldom enjoy being told the sacrifice of war is wasted. The anger should be directed at our leaders who have asked our soldiers to put themselves in harms way for reasons not as wholesome as freedom or democracy." Fair point - and those oppossed to the war should direct their opposition to the government not to dead soldiers and those who care for them

 
At 27/8/12 10:24 am, Blogger Darren said...

I personally wish someone in the NZDF would write an explanation for the public as to what exactly they ARE doing over there.

 
At 27/8/12 11:41 am, Blogger Arto said...

"I personally wish someone in the NZDF would write an explanation for the public as to what exactly they ARE doing over there."

Nah don't bother, those army muppets will only ever give out the propaganda version about why we are there - bullshit freedom, fake democracy, protecting the Afghans, whatever!

 
At 27/8/12 12:13 pm, Blogger Frank said...

Barbara Burstyn's comments were insensitive.

Demands for her killing, rape, whatever, are supposedly precisely the sort of thing we're fighting against in Afghanistan. The Taliban aoppear to to alive and well here in New Zealand.

 

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