Matakana Fire – Update
Active flames in Dome Valley Matakana
remained well within the containment lines overnight.
The operation continues its ground based focus, with 70
firefighters and one digger onsite. One helicopter also
continues with aerial support.
Principal Rural Fire Officer, says they are making good
“We have numbers on the ground and
are doing everything to wrap this fire up as quickly as we
“The Auckland region wide fire ban remains
firmly in place. Breaches of the ban will not be
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On Hit & Run
The ‘living in denial’ reactions to the Hit and Run book by Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson all tend to minimize the military raid in question, and the level of carnage involved.
Those reactions include the likes of
(a) within war zones mistakes will always happen, this happened years ago, and something similar happens in Afghanistan, Yemen and Syria every day.
(b) Civilians tend to be among the victims partly because in an insurgency it’s hard to tell the rebels from the civilians they live and operate among. And finally,
(c) Who should be surprised to find that when bureaucracies make mistakes, they deny and downplay their own errors to protect the wider mission.
All of those responses have been evident in the reaction thus far to Hit and Run, and they don’t stand up to analysis. More>>