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Memorial Park simplistic references – 2012

10 October, 2012

The Editor, The Wellingtonian, Wellington

Dear Sir;

Your editorialist of 5 October (Let’s be proud of Memorial Park) speaks of some circumstances of the past but fails to say much of the present.  While we must not forget those thousands of New Zealanders (millions worldwide) who lost their lives in past conflicts, we must also ask in each case what was the purpose of the war and who in NZ benefited and who didn’t (it cannot be described simply as “fighting for their country”).  And what are the big picture and the nuances of the present situation? 

Ever since 9/11/01 USA foreign policy has been focused on war.  These days NZ military leadership and recent governments are re-establishing close ties with the US military and the GCSB continues to operate the communications satellite spy base at Waihopai for the US.  Continuing in this will drag NZ into US mischief, and worse.   Since the most basic element of the USA military is nuclear weapons, this clearly compromises our nuclear free stance, and, in a world full of nuclear weapons, is suicidal.

How much do simplistic references to New Zealand’s involvement in past wars (e.g.  a “fought and died for New Zealand” memorial) contribute to this dangerous trend?

Sincerely,  Richard Keller

published (abridged)

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