web analytics

Petition: John Key should apologise

Written By: - Date published: 4:09 pm, October 10th, 2007 - 15 comments
Categories: iraq - Tags:

key_iraq_banner_final.jpg

Like many listeners, we were stunned to hear this from a man who wants to lead New Zealand.

Key has since claimed both that he is technically right and that his comment has been taken out of context.

But we’re not buying his excuses. We believe that he should unreservedly apologise to the people of Iraq and all those worldwide who are affected on a daily basis by the ongoing war. We think his comment belittles their suffering and sacrifice.

If you think so too, please visit www.thewariniraqisnotover.com and sign our petition.

Once you’ve signed, please forward it to a friend.

15 comments on “Petition: John Key should apologise ”

  1. bevan 1

    So when Helen sent those engineers, was that during the Iraq War, or was it to assist in the post war reconstruction?

  2. Isn’t all this just getting rather silly and tired? This issue really is a storm in a teacup, and The Standard just ends up looking incredibly petty. You guys also look incredibly hypocritical. After all, don’t you Standard guys actually support Labour’s stance on The War on Terror? Labour actually sent troops to the occupation! Or do you argue that this was OK, because it was after the invasion/war was over?

    Bryce
    http://www.liberation.org.nz

  3. all_your_base 3

    I don’t think it’s acceptable that a man that wants to run the country can glibly be allowed to claim that the war in Iraq is over, then evade questions as to what he actually meant. I’d feel the same if it had been a Labour, Green or other politician who had made these claims as well.

  4. But you know very well that Labour politicians have talked all the time about Iraq being in the post-conflict phrase etc. I think it should be people like Helen Clark that should be called to account. Even in early 2003 (a number of weeks after the invasion) she had the following to say in Parliament about the war in Iraq:

    Rt Hon HELEN CLARK: I am very pleased that the war appears to be virtually at an end.

    So how about you have her up about this?

    Clark’s involvement in the War on Terror means she should be sent to the Hague!

    Bryce
    http://www.liberation.org.nz

  5. Robinson 5

    Yo Bevan – you’re over here now? I’ve been watching you getting pasted on Kiwiblog and hoped you make it to a site where I wasn’t banned. I think the main issue here is that the engineers are there as part of a United Nations sanctioned reconstruction force while the invasion that JK supported was unsanctioned. Let me spell out what that means for you Bev – our troops are taking part in a mission supported by the majority of the world’s best foreign policy thinkers, Key supported an illegal invasion condemned by those same experts. But hey if Bevan says the rest of the world is wrong who am I to argue? (hint: they passed school c – did you Bevan?)

  6. Actually, Robinson – NZ’s troops were actually under the command of US forces – that is the occupying forces in Iraq. Hence, the NZ Labour Government was part of the Occupation of Iraq.

    But also don’t forget that Helen Clark has been fully supportive of the general War on Terror. Labour has even sent the SAS to the Occupation of Afghanistan. When is The Standard going to demand that Clark apologise to her victims in that country? I guess that’d never happen.

    Bryce
    http://www.liberation.org.nz

  7. all_your_base 7

    Bryce, I expected you to be behind this kind of thing to be honest. Where are your principles now? John Key should be called to account.

    I’d make the same comment to you that I made in response to Fran O’Sullivan in the weekend: While Clark and Goff did refer to “post-war” Iraq back in 2003 when Bush himself was declaring the war over, the context was quite different. To claim the war is over now, four and a half years later, almost defies belief. Full reply at:

    O’Sullivan defends Key’s comments

  8. Sam Dixon 8

    The exact phrasing is not the problem (although it is incrediby callous and stupid), it is that by saying it he revealed a) a total ignorance of current world events b) a total ack of empathy for the victims of the war.

    Here’s the thing, Key was explaining why his party had no mentin at all of Iraq in its foreign policy, he dismissed Iraq, the largest ongoing war and threat to international stability as insignificant.

    Bryce, you’re a smart guy, you should realise that.

  9. bevan 9

    Robinson, it looks like Bryce has covered most of your spew, so I’ll only point out the following;

    “I’ve been watching you getting pasted on Kiwiblog”

    By Nome, Tane and Sam? Now thats damn thats funny!

    “But hey if Bevan says the rest of the world is wrong who am I to argue? (hint: they passed school c – did you Bevan?)

    Still with the personnal attacks are you? Do you ever wonder why no one takes you seriously, and quite frankly considers you akin to puss from an infected sore?

  10. Robinson 10

    Bevan I think you mean “pus” not “puss” (so did you pass school c? – I’m really starting think you didn’t). And plenty of people take me seriously (sometimes they take me so seriously ban me) but if you feel the need to call on some fantastical “others” to validate yourself I’m not gonna get in your way bro.

  11. I agree, John Key should apologise for saying the war is over. So too should Mark Burton, for saying in 2003 that New Zealand army engineers were going to participate in reconstruction of “post-war Iraq”, and Phil Goff, who in 2003 expressed “great relief that the war in Iraq was short.”

  12. Robinson 12

    Oh and Bev – it’s “consider” (present plural verb) not “considers” (present singular verb). And you expect people to take you seriously?

    IP – Shit you’re right why don’t you get right onto setting up a web petition for that? I’m sure it’ll do better than the kill the bill site has.

    P.S. “ramshackle PR fiasco”

  13. Brian Dooley 13

    NZ sent an engineering team to Iraq in response to a United Nations request.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Tokelau Language Week reminds us to stay united and strong
    Staying strong in the face of challenges and being true to our heritage and languages are key to preserving our cultural identity and wellbeing, is the focus of the 2020 Tokelau Language Week. Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio, says this year’s theme, ‘Apoapo tau foe, i nā tāfea ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pacific trade and development agreement a reality
    Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Securing a pipeline of teachers
    The Government is changing its approach to teacher recruitment as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue, by boosting a range of initiatives to get more Kiwis into teaching. “When we came into Government, we were faced with a teacher supply crisis,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “Over the past three years, we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Border exceptions for a small number of international students with visas
    The Government has established a new category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies, in the latest set of border exceptions. “The health, safety and wellbeing of people in New Zealand remains the Government’s top priority. Tight border restrictions remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
    The Government has signed an agreement to purchase 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 750,000 people – from Pfizer and BioNTech, subject to the vaccine successfully completing all clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, say Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods and Health Minister Chris Hipkins. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • International statement – End-to-end encryption and public safety
    We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security.  It also serves a vital purpose in repressive states to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people, as stated in the 2017 resolution of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
    The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020
    New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020 Hon David Parker’s response following Thomas Piketty and Esther Duflo. Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening, wherever in the world you might be. I first acknowledge the excellent thought provoking speeches of Thomas Piketty and Esther ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
    A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today at Waihāua Marae between the Crown, local iwi and councils to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana in Northland. Environment Minister David Parker signed the document on behalf of the Crown along with representatives from Ngā Maunga Whakahī, Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
    Hundreds of marae throughout the country will be upgraded through investments from the Provincial Growth Fund’s refocused post COVID-19 funding to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced. “A total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins has announced 9 teams and 14 individuals are the recipients of this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  “The health volunteer awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of dedicated health sector volunteers who give many hours of their time to help other New Zealanders,” Mr Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Community COVID-19 Fund supports Pacific recovery
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says a total of 264 groups and individuals have successfully applied for the Pacific Aotearoa Community COVID-19 Recovery Fund, that will support Pacific communities drive their own COVID-19 recovery strategies, initiatives, and actions. “I am keen to see this Fund support Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Community benefits from Māori apprenticeships
    Up to 50 Māori apprentices in Wellington will receive paid training to build houses for their local communities, thanks to a $2.75 million investment from the Māori Trades and Training Fund, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Ngāti Toa Rangatira Incorporated to provide its Ngā Kaimahi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Training fund supports Māori jobseekers
    Rapidly growing sectors will benefit from a $990,000 Māori Trades and Training Fund investment which will see Wellington jobseekers supported into work, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Sapphire Consultants Ltd. to help up to 45 Māori jobseekers into paid training initiatives over two years through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago