David Farrar opines about Vernon Small’s articleÂ that New Zealand sends military transport and not our highly skilled SAS to Syria and Iraq.
But first lets address Small’s report.
Prime Minister John Key says New Zealand could offer the airforce’s “airlift capacity” as part of a contribution to the international military action against Islamic State (IS) militants.
The extremist Islamic group, also known as Isil, and Isis, has rapidly moved to control and destabilise Iraq, sweeping in from Syria in the north. The group has beheaded aid workers, journalists and carried out crucifixions and mass executions.
Key is also signalling that Cabinet will tomorrow take the first step towards cracking down on New Zealanders who go to fight alongside IS, by extending the time passports can be cancelled and by making fighting with IS an explicit criminal act.
Speaking on TV One’s Q+A programme, Key said a range of options were being considered for New Zealand involvement in the IS conflict but more work was needed before a final decision.
Any action should be “useful, practical and work”, he said. That could range from humanitarian action, which was already under way, and include military options such as training, “to ultimately people who would be there right on the front line”.
“The last bit is some sort of military support, but not necessarily people on the ground, so it could be airlift capability.”
Let’s look at the stupidity of that suggestion, from Key and reported by Vernon Small. Â Read more »