Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


SAS to Afghanistan shameful

June 1, 2005

SAS to Afghanistan shameful

'The deployment of more Special Air Service (SAS) troops to Afghanistan is shameful. Prime Minister Helen Clark is helping the US military in committing human rights violations and illegally occupying the country' said Peace Action Wellington member Valerie Morse

The SAS have been deployed to Afghanistan on two previous occasions since the start of the so-called 'War on Terrorism'. In both instances, they participated in 'direct action missions' which translates to combat involving the death of civilians. In June of 2004, one SAS soldier was injured in a gun battle.

'The US occupation of Afghanistan is a stunning failure. The country is no better off than it was under the Taliban. Four years of war and the country is in ruins, political stability is as far away as ever. Woman and children are being raped, torture is commonplace, opium production is soaring and US war profiteers are making a killing. Meanwhile, the people of Afghanistan are being murdered on a daily basis. At one point, an average of 62 innocent civilians a day were being killed in Afghanistan by Bush's coalition of the willing.'

'The New Zealand Defence Force must refuse to fight in these illegal wars of occupation involving gross human rights violations. The Prime Minister is using them as a political tool to advance her free trade agenda. The losers are the Afghani people and the soldiers who come home in body bags.

It is utterly revolting that this government claims to care about human rights when it is participating in a military invasion involving torture and the deaths of large numbers of civilians.'


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Principals' Federation:
End Of National Standards

Today the Minister of Education announced that the Government has stopped the controversial National Standards system of assessment and declared them an arbitrary measure which did not raise children's achievement as the previous Government intended.

"This is such a win for all the principals who never believed in national standards and who, for the past decade, have argued for what is morally right for our nation's young people and their learning," said Cormick. More>>


Public Good: People’s Report On Public Broadcasting And Media Presented

The People’s Commission on Public Broadcasting and Media, was crowdfunded and was informed by an extensive consultation, seeking the views of both those working in Media as well as gathering input both online and in person from ordinary Citizens. More>>


RBNZ To RNZB: PM's Press Conference

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern was joined by Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and Minister for Children Tracey Martin to announce the appointment of Adrian Orr as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank and the name change of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children to ‘Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children’. More>>


'Taming Globalised Capital': Why Is Labour Supporting Investment Rules In WTO?

‘Today, we learned the new government has added New Zealand’s name to a proposal designed to lead to foreign investment rules in the WTO at this week’s ministerial meeting in Argentina,’ said Auckland University Professor Jane Kelsey. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Politics Of Scaring Voters Back Into Line

Fear has always been a useful mobilising tool in politics… yet in 2017, bogeymen of all shapes and sizes seem to have fallen on hard times. For years, the National party had painted itself as being the only reliable defensive bastion against the terrifying prospect of a centre-left government… More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Drinking Water As A Failure Of Political Leadership

It is almost possible to feel sorry for the Health Ministry in their terrible, no good, very bad week... More>>





Featured InfoPages