having lived 1 block of of Telegraph in North Oakland for a largish chunk of my adult life, moving back to NZ in the summer of ’04 (when the book is set) I have to say …. um no
Today's Tremain in the ODT is an interesting cartoon, on many level's ... supposedly showing Key trying not to catch whatever is ailing Abbot ...... but that's also a Micky Mouse Key meeting Abbot to show off his Mickey Mouse Iraq policy ... 16 advisors .... then again it might be Mickey Mouse's Key ....
I think that bringing foreign soldiers onto your soil with diplomatic passports, essentially making them unaccounatble for their actions is a dangerous thing for anyone to do (be it Iraq or NZ)
Further to that aside, the Radio Pacific talkback show that Muldoon hosted in his dotage presented him as a suburban lily-fancier, with the issues of the day leavened with calls from fellow lily-heads. In real life Muldoon apparently knew squat about lilies, the expertise was all Thea’s.
my take from Nat Radio this morning was not that he didn't know anything about lilies, just that he had poor Thea do all the gardening
There aren't always good guys - a Ukranian friend's analysis of what his home country has become largely comes down to that.
But there are ordinary people who's lives have been disrupted and destroyed - peace in Iraq and Syria largely depends on their welbeing becoming everyone's primary goal, not on who gets killed - we do peacekeeping well, maybe that's what we should be doing here, creating and defending safe zones rather than killing from above
I'm largely a pacifist, I spent my teenage years with the spectre of the draft and Vietnam hanging over them - but I've always told myself that if another nazi Germany reared it's head I'd recognise it and do the right thing.
It was ISIL's throwing of gay people off of buildings then stoning them that got me thinking, the wholesale slaughter of people because of their religion or their sexuality and their goal of world domination isn't all that different from Hitler's - no apologies for the Godwining here, sometimes it is a fair thing to compare against.
I'm still on the fence, in two minds, but Key's slathering behaviour yesterday in parliament definitely did not convince me that we should be making our way to way towards war, he obviously wasn't in his right mind - sending just 16 people to train Iraqi soldiers isn't going to make jot of difference - meanwhile we're putting our own citizens in danger.
I travel a lot for work, sometimes in the Middle East - in his moment of traving insanity in parliament yesterday Key is putting ME in danger for no particular upside.
Maybe he was right about the Liu thing, and about the Springbok Tour, maybe he really has no memories of the past.
If we are going to go to war we should talk about it, and vote, not trade our safety away for some trade deals, did we learn nothing from Vietnam?
I thought those last two quoted sentences were comedy gold ....
I couldn’t help noticing the rather exciting shooting gallery proposed in the plan. Imagine what one might choose to shoot at (for fun) in Wellington?
I'm sure they're planning a needle exchange under the stands as well
Oh that Zippy, I was thinking more of the pinhead variety
It seems seems to me that pairing Ms Spong with a certain Kiwisaver Mogul might be an environmentally successful strategy ….
If you have a small dark creature whispering in one ear isn't it traditional for there to be a white one whispering in the other, you know for balance, testing ones moral courage ....
Is this what's wrong with our government? our leader has lost his balanced out look on the world, he has turned, to, well, the dark side ..... it would explain a lot, the fetish he has with black flags, both ours and ISIS's, the weird idea that selling houses makes more of them, the apology to (spit) Slater