Swing and Miss: New Zealand’s gone barking mad

Since the book’s launch last Tuesday the authors conceded they might have got the location of the villages within the Tirgiran valley wrong after Defence Force chief, Lieutenant General Tim Keating, said on Monday the SAS never visited those villages but did carry out an attack on Tirgiran village, more than two kilometres away.

NZDF on Thursday released maps pinpointing the homes they say were raided, and accidentally set alight.

The NZDF maps also set out different helicopter landing sites.

“None of the houses identified in [Hit and Run] were destroyed by NZDF or coalition members,” the maps note.

“Only positively identified armed insurgents were targeted. No personnel were targeted at any of the locations identified [in Hit and Run].”

Mr Hager and Mr Stephenson maintain that confusion over the location of the villages shouldn’t detract from the civilian casualties.

The NZDF fired two rounds at one person.  He died.  He was confirmed as an insurgent.  He was running at NZDF personnel, armed, and firing at them while doing so.

Why exactly do we need to look any further?   Sadly, the politicians are piling up behind Hager.  

Mr Dunne said if the New Zealand Defence Force was confident of its account of Operation Burnham there would be no reason to hide from an inquiry.

Prime Minister Bill English has not ruled out an inquiry but said he wouldn’t be rushed into a decision.

Labour leader Andrew Little, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters and the Green Party have also called for an independent inquiry.

So Bill has gone from “No” to “not ruling it out”.   We know how Bill works.

Hager and his poodle are making an absurd allegation.  And then politicians say “well, let’s spend a few million on seeing if it holds water”.

I’m deeply disturbed that our politicians would aid and abet a man who has done nothing but take hearsay and attack various governments.

There is no proof.

Other than the Apache gun camera footage of course.

Which they are not wanting to see.   They want an inquiry, but please let’s not look at that recorded evidence that will show the substantial points in Hager’s fantasy to be wrong.

Pity that McCully put the US Government off-side with his betrayal of Israel.  This would just be the sort of thing where you’d want to pick up a phone and call in a favour.


– NZN via Yahoo! News

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.