Former “SAS” man betrays his mates by playing political games

I’m really disappointed in Ron Mark

Former SAS soldier Ron Mark has fired a shot at John Key’s call to send troops to Iraq, asking what he’ll do “if a Kiwi soldier is taken hostage by ISIS”.

Mr Mark, now a NZ First MP, today defended a strongly worded speech in Parliament yesterday, when he held aloft an image of slain US journalist Steven Sotloff, moments before his beheading by an ISIS extremist.

Mr Mark told ONE News today it would be Mr Key’s call on whether he would pay a ransom and the Prime Minister owed that answer to the families of the Kiwi soldiers, before sending them to Iraq.

“That’s what he’s paid for – he gave a chest thumping speech about it and I think New Zealanders have a right to know what he will do if one of our Kiwis are knelt down in an orange jumpsuit beside ‘Jihadi John’,” said Mr Mark.

He said John Key’s announcement and decision to deploy Kiwi troops had been broadcast over Baghdad radio, therefore “ISIL knows we’re coming”.

Mark knows we don’t negotiate with terrorists. ?The SAS knows this too. ?What he is doing here is playing disgusting political games when he should be shoulder to shoulder with his brothers.

He’s making it sound like they’re being put in theatre against their will and if they are to fall into enemy hands, they have an expectation that New Zealand will pay a ransom for them. ??

In Parliament yesterday, Mr Mark asked Mr Key: “If one of our soldiers ends up in an orange jumpsuit beside Jihadi John – what is your plan?

“Will you pay the ransom? Will you send in the SAS or will you stand by and allow one of our soldiers to be beheaded – that is the real question and I have not heard anything from this government.”

National MP Paul Goldsmith tried to come to Mr Key’s defence, by interjecting – but was swiftly batted down by Mr Mark, saying he shouldn’t make light of the situation.

“Most often the people who have the loudest voices when it comes to deploying people into theatres of war are those who have never worn a uniform and never want to, and very often, sadly, they don’t allow their sons or daughters to either,” said Mr Mark.

Mr Mark joined the army at age 16 and served for 15 years in numerous roles, including a stint with the SAS and a peacekeeping mission Israel and Egypt.

So he bloody well knows better, and plays politics with this anyway.



– One News