It’s official: we’re going to Iraq


Prime Minister John Key used his speech on Te Tii Marae to justify sending troops to train Iraqi forces after Maori Council head Maanu Paul questioned whether it was simply to please “the family” of Britain and the United States.

He accused those on the left of being hypocrites, saying they did not believe New Zealand should intervene despite criticising him for failing to speak out on human rights enough when overseas. He said they had also criticised him for his apparent ambivalence on apartheid.

“So the very people who tell me their whole DNA is laced with human rights and standing up for people who can’t protect themselves tell me to look the other way when people are being beheaded by kids, burnt by kids and thrown off buildings. Well, sorry. Give me a break.

“New Zealand is not going to look the other way. We are not going to do silly things but we may join 60-odd countries around the world trying to protect people who can’t protect themselves.”

He said he had no intention of fighting Iraq’s war “but I’m not going to turn the other way when people are being persecuted and say as a leader that it’s other people’s problem.”

Of course, we were going all along. ? The delay has just been to 1) make sure the public won’t punishNational over it in the polls, and 2) the lefties and media (but I repeat myself) had some time to get their visceral arguments out of the way, and now we’re just down to common sense.

We’re talking 100 troops. ?We’re talking our SAS and support crew. ?We’re talking professionals that are trained to the highest level. ? This is how we can punch above our weight and make sure that Jihadis get to enjoy their quality time with their allotted virgins and the general population has a chance to return to a safer and more normal life.


– Claire Trevett, NZ Herald