Note: another letter (below) to my local newspaper which funnily enough, was never published..!
I note that NZ soldiers are likely to be deployed to Iraq to fight the terrorist threat, and that their first port of call will be, where else, Saudi Arabia ,the homeland of jihadist wahhabi extremism, from where Saudi billionaires, if not their tyrannical inherited dictatorship, fund support and train their jihadists.
Might I also suggest that our soldiers fly there via Qatar Airways, whose “government” is our next good ally in the middle east also funding jihadist extremists.
And to add to the satirical mix, might I also suggest that our soldiers spend some time in the training camps in Jordan,Turkey and Libya where Western governments have spent vast amounts of money funding the training and arming of “moderate” extremists to fight our ‘real’ enemies.
Its such a shame when “our” terrorists get confused and fight us instead!
Peace Movement Aotearoa4 March 2015
Peace vigils calling for increased humanitarian assistance and diplomatic support for Middle East peace processes, and opposing the military deployment to Iraq, will be held around the country from Hokianga to Dunedin at 5pm tomorrow, Thursday 5 March, coordinated by Peace Movement Aotearoa. The details of each vigil are included below and available online at https://www.facebook.com/events/757364991025571 and http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/iraq2015.htm – please share the links, thank you. The details of vigils in other towns and cities will be added to those pages when confirmed.
If there isn’t a vigil in your area, you are invited to gather friends and family at 5pm on 5 March, light a candle for peace, then make your support visible by taking a photo of yourself or your gathering holding the ‘Military deployment in Iraq? Not in our name’ message and posting it on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/PeaceMovementAotearoa The ‘Not in our name’ poster is available in colour at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/nion-col.pdf and in black and white at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/nion-b&w.pdf If you are not a Facebook member, please send your photo to Peace Movement Aotearoa email email@example.com with ‘Peace vigil photo’ in the subject line of your message and we will post it for you.
There is also the opportunity to add your name to the Open letter on military deployment to Iraq at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/iraq-ol15.htm