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  • commented 2014-11-07 17:13:52 +1300
    Actually Maureen, the USA has over 700 military bases all over the world. If John Key signs the TPPA, NZ will effectively cease to be a sovereign nation. We will simply be a lackey of Corporate USA. Indeed NZ and the other members of ‘The Five Eyes are already minions of ’Uncle Sam’.
  • commented 2014-11-07 13:18:23 +1300
    You are absolutely right, Patricia! Who are the aggressors in these wars – including Ukraine?
    Despite what we are told in the media, the US have military bases in or around almost every country in the world. And they won’t stop there if TPPA and other ‘partnership agreements’ go ahead.
    Craig Paul Roberts writes it very eloquently:
    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/10/11/lie-machine-paul-craig-roberts/
  • commented 2014-11-07 08:58:56 +1300
    Part of our government’s plan is to use the SIS and GCSB to spy. Any intelligence will be given to the USA, who will use it for drone strikes or rocket attacks against IS militants. Unfortunately, as we have already seen, these strikes often kill more civilians than so called ‘terrorists’.
  • commented 2014-11-06 11:57:10 +1300
    With regard to selling off HNZ houses. It would only be ok if they were sold for removal and the land kept and money put back into building new and better housing. Nat refuse to say where the money is going. That is a big issue. This country was fine when it had assets and when it looked after it’s own. Fond memories of being a child in the sixties.
  • commented 2014-11-06 11:49:41 +1300
    I’ve just listened to the speeches given on parliament tv with regard to this and I agree with Greens and Maori party. Fighting only makes things worse and contributing to training is the same as going on the front line. It still contributes to the war rather than bringing peace. On the subject of spying/surveillance it has been shown that those who do this job cannot be trusted to handle themselves or the job appropriately.
  • commented 2014-11-06 06:42:31 +1300
    If anyone is interested in the history of Middle East and particularly the shameful role that Britain, USA and France has played in the subjugation and exploitation of this region, they might be interested in this link: http://www.palestinechronicle.com/so-who-is-really-destroying-sykes-picot/#.VFhWtMkZ62Y
  • commented 2014-11-06 00:02:44 +1300
    NZ’s support for US invasions are peddled as separate issues. The reality is a continuum of involvement and whichever government of the day masking foregone conclusions with supposed consideration. This devious practice has to stop – the most effective way is building vigorous opposition across the communities. Takes time, but relying on politicians has got us only as far behind as we find ourselves.
  • commented 2014-11-05 20:22:31 +1300
    I find it curious that Obama and our own hawk John Key, condemn Isis for beheading westerners, but they are strangely silent about the misdeeds of an ally in the Middle East, namely Saudi Arabia (the land were women are not allowed to drive). Saudi Arabia routinely beheads its own citizens for so called ‘crimes’ such as ‘sorcery’ and ‘heresy’. Furthermore our own allies amongst those so called ‘moderate’ Islamists fighting Assad and Isis, also behead their captives, but the corporate media and the ‘Five Eyes’ leaders, choose to ignore this very inconvenient fact!
  • commented 2014-11-05 19:41:43 +1300
    ISIS has only been created out of America’s (Israel’s) quest for supremacy of the Middle East.
    The USA’s plan to destabilize and break up Middle Eastern Countries is to assist Israel in it’s ultimate snaring of more land.
    To say ISIS are violent! Is crushed, bullet-ridden, traumatized children not violence? Parents who have lost their children to bombs raining down on their house not violence? Children who have watched their mothers die in front of their eyes not violence? Having to run from your smashed house and leave your town because it is wrecked, devastated by American drones not violence?

    I agree, beheadings is violence. No one can imagine the nightmare for the guys who were faced with this execution and the families left to mourne. But let’s keep it in perspective!

    New Zealand will achieve nothing by becoming involved in Iraq. Humanitarian or rebuild assistance – mmm…. I’m not sure. As Winston Peters has said today, New Zealand is virtually at war with John Key’s announcement that we will not send troops – BUT…. we will send ‘troops’ to “assist” Iraqi soldiers’. Is that not tantamount to being involved???
  • commented 2014-11-05 16:39:29 +1300
    Also YES to ISIS – can you maybe think of another campaign name, because YES to ISIS sound like hey we support ISIS. I don’t, i don’t support violence in any way
  • commented 2014-11-05 16:33:12 +1300
    I hope action station and opposition parties in parliament and vocal opponents of war in any name can work together on this.
  • commented 2014-11-05 15:16:29 +1300
    I really don’t believe NZ should take any part in this war, other than peacekeeping and humanitarian aid. These middle eastern nations need to work this situation out themselves.
  • commented 2014-11-05 14:23:40 +1300
    The war against IS, apart from being unwinnable will, like the Vietnam war, bog NZ down in a bloody conflict for years, and will be difficult for us to extricate ourselves from. Furthermore, if we give training and arms to the so-called ‘good guys’, this could likely end up in the hands of IS. Example: The USA gave assistance to Osama Bin Laden and his followers only to have them later turned against themselves. Indeed, it is estimated that at least 20% of the weaponry used by IS, was supplied by the USA! There is also the risk, that we will make ourselves a target of extremist Jihadists!
  • commented 2014-11-05 13:59:55 +1300
    Make Tea (breaks), Not War. Before either of those – cut bloody emissions!!!
  • commented 2014-11-05 13:59:54 +1300
    Make Tea (breaks), Not War. Before either of those – cut bloody emissions!!!
  • commented 2014-11-05 13:31:58 +1300
    wish the politicians were as excited about changing our stance on climate change! all we, the western world, are doing is CREATING more, and smarter, terrorists….
  • commented 2014-11-05 13:20:35 +1300
    Absolutely aye!
  • commented 2014-11-05 13:12:09 +1300
    nice!