NZ under Labour (Clark) support for USA wars – 2008

24 September, 2008

The Editor, The Dominion Post, Wellington

Dear Editor:

Helen Clark can say no New Zealand infantry were engaged in the 2003 US invasion of Iraq (and thanks, Helen, for stating the obvious that the invasion has not made the world a safer place).  But there is much more to the story.  New Zealand has provided much material support for the American wars.

The invasion and occupation of Iraq is a major part of the “war on terror” which is primarily about spreading fear and encouraging racism in advancement of global corporations and American ideology.  The NZ reconstruction engineering force, substituting for a good engineering capability of the Iraqis themselves, served to cover this reality.  The Labour government likely realized this but were willing to go along with the deception to stay on the good side of the British and American occupying forces.

The NZ military presence in Afghnistan (SAS) and in the Gulf (naval interceptions) also cover the real American priority in Afghanistan which is to control by force the oil pipeline through the country.

Add to this the satellite spy base at Waihopai which primarily collects personal and business data to be used to advance American interests as they advance their use of war to conduct foreign policy.

Sooner or later these deceptions will fall away giving a future government the opportunity to contribute a military force in the escalation of the American’s world of continuous war leaving all in heightened danger.

By contrast there are coherent alternative voices in our country for us to be honest peacemakers if would listen.

Sincerely,  Richard Keller


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