The "Naive Pacifism" of TVNZ

This morning on TVNZ Breakfast Corin Dann was following the company line and trying to beat up on our fine troops in the SAS after they sent a message to the Taliban not to mess with our boys.

He got his arse handed to him by the nice chap from Waikato University, Ron Smith, when he described his attitude as “naive pacifism” and then set about dismantling the spin of TVNZ. It was a pleasure to behold.

Smith said the action achieved the aims the SAS are tasked to do.

“It seems very appropriate – they’re killing Taliban and they improved security for our provincial reconstruction force.”

He said the operation was an example of the duties the armed forces are expected to do, and people should not be surprised.

“We know there are bad guys out there and they’re trying to kill us but we’re not entirely happy about killing them,” he said.

He said Kiwis want the end result of protecting people but are a bit ‘iffy’ about the means of doing it.

“We’re a bit bashful about these sort of things, there’s sort of a naive pacifism in this country.

“What we’re trying to do is support the Afghan government by dealing with a group of people whose main way of operating is killing civilians.

“Why are we being a bit iffy? It’s a good thing they were killed, I hope there’s more!”

Brilliant stuff!

Of course the huge irony in all of this is that Corin Dann was sitting there with an ANZAC poppy on. One wonders how he thinks Sir Charles Upham won his VC and Bar. It sure as hell wasn’t by giving German troops a cup of coca and bit of a hug. He won those awards through incredible bravery attacking the enemy and killing them. That is what soldiers do and our soldiers are particularly good at what they do, which is destroy the enemy.

If we unleashed the SAS and our troops a bit more I think we might find that the Taliban will get a whole lot smaller.

TVNZ’s “naive pacifism” is laughable. First Guyon Espiner looks like a tool and now Corin Dann. The pinkos got upset when Paul Henry told the truth, they should really be upset that our presenters are such woofters when reporting about how our troops dealt to some terrorist scum. They should be congratulating our troops for bringing the fight to the enemy not criticising them. If they want to wear an ANZAC poppy then they should stop with the abuse of our troops.


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