John Kerry, when he was spokesperson for Vietnam Veterans against the War, asked a Senate Committee: “How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?” That question confronts us now, as we learn another New Zealand soldier has been killed in Afghanistan. I/S at NoRightTurn says it all on this waste of life.
National’s toadying to the US in Afghanistan has now cost the life of a second New Zealand soldier. Parliament is right this minute going through the motions, repeating the usual lies: “liberty”, “freedom”, “honour”, “defending New Zealand”. But this soldier didn’t die for any of that. Like Corporal Doug Grant, he died for John Key’s ego, for his desire for a photo of him shaking hands with Barrack Obama. And he died for the National Party’s desire for closer relations with the United States, to restore ourselves to the vassal status we had before David Lange said “no”.
That desire to suck up to the hegemon has cost us two lives so far. How many more is Key willing to sacrifice? How many more will it take? And how many do you think it is really worth?