New Zealand could be an ISIS target any time now

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John Key isn’t ruling out military involvement in fighting the ISIS threat

Prime Minister John Key won’t rule out sending New Zealand’s elite SAS personnel to assist US efforts to counter Islamic State (Isis) militants in Iraq or even Syria but says that would be done reluctantly as a last resort, if at all.

Mr Key also confirmed New Zealand was assessing its security alert following recent reports of a terrorist plot in Australia and that he was seeking advice about New Zealanders fighting for groups like Isis who want to return home.

It’s a tricky balance.  On the one hand you want to help out your friends, especially as you will need them if you are ever in trouble.  On the other hand, do we really need a reason for ISIS sympathisers in this country to get fired up? 

Asked specifically about sending military personnel to assist, Mr Key said: “I can’t rule out that there won’t be because what you can see around the world is countries being asked to give support.”.

“Now what New Zealand’s best form of support might be if we were willing to do that is at this stage undetermined but I guess what I would say is that if people were looking for me to push the green light, if you like, on being much more aggressive in terms of commitment of resources to Iraq I think they should take a step back because it would be a very last resort.”

As far as sending SAS personnel Mr Key said “I can’t rule that absolutely out but what I can say is that I’ll get advice and we’ll see how that goes but it would be my least preferred option.”

It shows again that New Zealand is not a “benign strategic environment”, and the likes of Laila Harre, Kim Dotcom, Russel Norman, Julian Assange and Glenn Greenwald can all take a long walk off a short pier for trying to undermine this country’s security by undermining the GCSB.

At times like this I’d like to think the GCSB and/or SIS are working very hard listening in on certain people in NZ that are in contact with ISIS or related groups.   The idea that this happens legally, with a search warrant, to keep all of us safer makes me sleep at night.

 

– Adam Bennett, NZ Herald


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