War_Conflict

Hamas is rearming

from the IDF blog:

Since Operation Cast Lead, Hamas has been intensively working to rearm itself and to pose a continuous threat to Israel’s civilian population.
Thousand of rockets and mortars have been smuggled into Gaza, reviving the terror infrastructure that was nearly dismantled by Israel in 2008.

In 2011 alone, 627 rockets and mortars and been fired from Gaza into Israel.

SAS Coming Home

John Key has announced that the SAS are coming home at the end of March:

Prime Minister John Key has confirmed the SAS will be withdrawn from Afghanistan in March.
Mr Key made the announcement this morning, saying the Special Air Services troops had done the job they were sent over for.

“You made a difference. It’s time to come home.”

Mr Key had earlier said he did not expect to extend their 30 month deployment past March, but had left a slight chance open for it to be extended, saying that the SAS itself had wanted to stay on.

Today he said he did not regret deploying the troops again.

Labour had opposed the deployment, saying the SAS was effectively assisting a “corrupt” regime in Afghanistan.

Me Key said the SAS had done its job helping Kabul’s Crisis Response Unit (CRU) “to the very highest of standards,” says Mr Key.

“Tragically, they have also paid the highest price, with two of the SAS’s fine soldiers losing their lives in the course of this work and I would, once again, like to pay tribute to Corporal Doug Grant and Lance Corporal Leon Smith who were killed in action.

“I deeply regret the loss of our soldiers but I do not regret our commitment to operations in Afghanistan.”
Out SAS troops are the best in the world at what they do, hopefully their legacy will see Afghanistan stay on top of the Taliban. Unfortunately I suspect that Afghanistan will continue to be a basket case.

Face of the Day

December 15 was the 25th anniversary of the foundation of Palestinian terror organisation Hamas.

This is how they celebrate.

By skiting about their rocket attacks on Twitter:

Al Qassam carried out 1106 operations, killed 1365 Zionistshttp://t.co/YePDk6r7
@AlqassamBrigade
Alqassam Brigades

And by brainwashing their kids.

Royal Tongan Marines in Afghanistan

A contingent of troops has conducted a ceremonial handover parade with a difference at Camp Bastion.

Now there is an idea

Are the press getting out of hand? Look to India for some ideas on handling uppity press:

An Associated Press cameraman and at least three other journalists said they were assaulted by police and paramilitary forces Friday as they covered a protest in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Umar Meraj was beaten for several minutes by security forces using rifle butts, batons, fists and a barrage of kicks, according to Meraj and other witnesses.

Local journalists have repeatedly complained of harassment and assaults by police in the tumultuous Himalayan territory. Meraj was assaulted by police at a checkpoint in its main city of Srinagar last year along with his father, Meraj Uddin Dar, also an AP journalist.

Not sure it would catch on here though. Our journalists may be self interested promoters of their own agendas but they dont warrant severe beatings. Far better we just ignore them.

Word of the day

from Wiipedia – Sabot

A sabot ( /ňąse…™bo ä/ say-boh or /ňąs√¶bo ä/ sab-oh) is a device used in a firearm or cannon to fire a projectile, such as a bullet, that is smaller than the bore diameter, or which must be held in a precise position. The term is also applied to a battery stub case, a device used similarly to make a small electrical battery usable in a device designed to employ a larger battery; see list of battery sizes. The name “sabot” comes from a French word for wooden shoes traditionally worn in some European countries, also called clogs.

Sabot

Massive beat up on our troops by 3News

Tv3 ran a news story last night about a supposed alcohol problem amongst our troops in the NZDF.

They cited 500 drinking related¬†offences¬†over 5 years. That is just 100 per year out of total of 10,000 troops or just 1%. They have 61 bars, that’s one and half bar incidents a year per bar. What a massive beat-up of a non-problem. Who are the wowsers that fed this crap to to 3News?

It is a massive over reaction and actually poor reporting on the part of 3 News.

When you compare the NZDF with the rest of New Zealand it is actually the rest of New Zealand that has the drinking problem not the NZDF.

In New Zealand a third of crimes in 2007-2008 were carried out by a person affected by alcohol and in serious offences, such as homicides, it was about half of cases.

Each year police here take 21,000 drunk people home or to the cells because they cannot remember where they live.

In fact if you look at Police crime statistics you can see public disorder offences (like disorderly conduct) which are highly likely to involve alcohol for the past year were well over 40,000, for just one year.

500 offences by the NZDF over 5 years seems small beer if you ask me. A total beat-up by 3News, they should actually apologise to the NZDF.

Trotter picks wrong Battle

Chris Trotter has written a tl;dr post about how Labour is Napoleon and National are the Mamluks at the Battle of the Pyramids, how Labour will form square and waste the charging hordes of National.

I think Trotter chose the wrong Battle. He should have picked The Charge of the Light Brigade:

The brigade was not completely destroyed, but did suffer terribly, with 118 men killed, 127 wounded and about 60 taken prisoner. After regrouping, only 195 men were still with horses. The futility of the action and its reckless bravery prompted the French Marshal¬†Pierre Bosquet¬†to state “C’est magnifique, mais ce n’est pas la guerre.” (“It is magnificent, but it is not war.”) He continued, in a rarely quoted phrase: “C’est de la folie” ‚ÄĒ “it is madness.”¬†The Russian commanders are said to have initially believed that the British soldiers must have been drunk.¬†Somerset Calthorpe,¬†ADC¬†to Lord Raglan, wrote a letter to a friend three days after the charge. He detailed casualty numbers, but he did not make distinction between those killed and those taken prisoner:

“Killed and missing. Wounded.
9 Officers 12
14 Serjeants 9
4 Trumpeters 3
129 Rank and file 98


156 Total 122
278 casualties;

‚ÄĒ besides 335 horses killed in action, or obliged afterwards to be destroyed from wounds. It has since been ascertained that the Russians made a good many prisoners; the exact number is not yet known.”The reputation of the British cavalry was significantly enhanced as a result of the charge, though the same cannot be said for their commanders.

Yes troops such as Shearer and Davis will be in a significantly enhanced position while the commanders, Goff, Mallard and King will be put against the wall.

Gaddafi copped one in the chook

My faith in the Libyan people has bee restored after it has been revealed that Gaddafi copped one in the chook with a broom handle before being dispatched:

An analysis of video obtained by GlobalPost from a rebel fighter who recorded the moment when Col. Muammar Gaddafi was first captured confirms that another rebel fighter, whose identity is unknown, sodomized the former leader as he was being dragged from the drainpipe where he had taken cover.

A frame by frame analysis of this exclusive GlobalPost video clearly shows the rebel trying to insert some kind of stick or knife into Gaddafi’s rear end.

Yeah, don’t be a brutal dictator who loses power.

 

Labour’s SAS Pledge – FAIL

Labour has announced that they would bring back the SAS sooner if they became the government, inside 90 days:

Labour would bring New Zealand’s SAS soldiers home from Afghanistan within 90 days of assuming office.

The move was announced today as part of the party’s defence policy.

It was originally embargoed to 7pm but was released early after the embargo was broken.

Defence spokesman Iain Lees-Galloway said Labour would bring the current rotation home within a month and a half and would not send another group.

The Provincial Reconstruction Team would remain in Bamiyan province until 2014.

” We should not be putting the SAS in the middle of a civil war between a corrupt government and a brutal, fundamentalist opposition, where allegiances are constantly shifting and accountability hard to establish,” he said.

Uhmmm…

Nov 26 + 90 days = Feb 24 if you calculate strictly by days. If you use 3 months then 26 February.

The SAS are due home in March.

So Labour are promising to bring home the SAS a whole one week early! Whoopee that’ll win more votes.

Yet another stealing underpants strategy.