by Peter Petterson
Key’s decision to send troops to Iraq has been treated with skepticism and opposition in and out of Parliament, something Labour’s decision to send troops to Afghanistan 15 years ago didn’t.
It is built on sheer emotionalism amid world opposition to the brutal and barbaric ISIS fanatical terrorists. The country is skeptical of plans to send only 16 trainers and 127 support and security troops, after a decade of involvement by huge US forces. Key refused to put his decision to a vote in Parliament because he knew it would probably be defeated.
The decision has now been made and the country will have no option but to support the NZ military involvement in the meantime.
It is probably just cheap political opportunism by Key after the failure of his flag-change proposal went down like a lead balloon.
Some will wait to see what casualties incur from this decision to send troops in May of this year. Some will be facetiously anticipating body-bags at the airport in future . And watching if John Key will have the ‘guts’ to personally meet the next of kin at that time?
In my personal opinion it would have been better to support the Kurds by training, supporting and building up their forces in the north of Iraq and Syria.