I’m really disappointed in Ron Mark
Former SAS soldier Ron Mark has fired a shot at John Key’s call to send troops to Iraq, asking what he’ll do “if a Kiwi soldier is taken hostage by ISIS”.
Mr Mark, now a NZ First MP, today defended a strongly worded speech in Parliament yesterday, when he held aloft an image of slain US journalist Steven Sotloff, moments before his beheading by an ISIS extremist.
Mr Mark told ONE News today it would be Mr Key’s call on whether he would pay a ransom and the Prime Minister owed that answer to the families of the Kiwi soldiers, before sending them to Iraq.
“That’s what he’s paid for – he gave a chest thumping speech about it and I think New Zealanders have a right to know what he will do if one of our Kiwis are knelt down in an orange jumpsuit beside ‘Jihadi John’,” said Mr Mark.
He said John Key’s announcement and decision to deploy Kiwi troops had been broadcast over Baghdad radio, therefore “ISIL knows we’re coming”.
Mark knows we don’t negotiate with terrorists. Â The SAS knows this too. Â What he is doing here is playing disgusting political games when he should be shoulder to shoulder with his brothers.
He’s making it sound like they’re being put in theatre against their will and if they are to fall into enemy hands, they have an expectation that New Zealand will pay a ransom for them. Â Â Read more »