Our Feckless Defence Policies
There is much to disturb in the Dotcom fiasco. We are troubled by the appearance of an over-compliance with US demands. When the New Zealand police force and spy agency appear to act like extensions of the FBI we are very uneasy.
It appears that laws were broken by the authorities. Fortunately we have courts. We have Parliament. We have independent officials charged with reviewing the activities of the Security Intelligence Service. We expect that more and more will come out. We also expect that what will emerge will be not a sinister intent to subvert law or justice, but ineptitude due to being in awe of the FBI and the demands of the US government.
Is it too much to suggest that our government is a bit giddy over the thawing of relationships with the United States? One would hope so. But we expect to be disappointed.
In this context we are very uneasy about the re-admittance of NZ into the military strategies and counsels of the United States. We are once more a "valuable ally"--or so Leon Panetta, the US Defence Secretary has announced. Restrictions have been removed. Joint military activities will now take place on a regular basis. We may even end up with US troops stationed on our soil.
Let's be clear. In no way to we regard the US as an enemy or a threat to this country. For that we are very thankful. New Zealand is an open door for any hostile power to walk in and take us over. The brute fact is that our country is defenceless. Decades of government neglect of our military--a dereliction of duty perpetrated upon our people by both the Left and the Right--has left us truly without means of defence. We expect we have enough ammunition and troops in our combined armed forces to be able to put up a spirited fire-fight for about thirty minutes should any invader come calling.
Having failed in one of its most basic duties given to it by God--the defence of its citizens against armed aggression--the New Zealand defence doctrine has become "Others". We look to other nations to defend us. Australia and the US are the current and favoured candidates. But the US is the most bellicose nation on the planet. It has been continually at war somewhere on the globe since the World War II. We confidently predict this will continue indefinitely until the US sinks under a mountain of unsustainable debt or the citizens of that country come to their senses and repent. Being joined up with the US risks NZ being sucked into US "adventures" around the world--as has happened in Iraq and Afghanistan. Proving a reliable ally will likely result in the death of New Zealand soldiers in causes and crusades that bear not a whit upon our national defence.
We despise the pacifism of the Greens and of core Labour. We also despise the feckless irresponsibility of National which has preferred electoral bribery and government redistribution to fund health, education, and endless welfare, rather than paying for our own defence. Above all, we despair of the New Zealand electorate which has been raised on the premise that every problem can be overcome, every responsibility can be met, and every duty can be performed by easy recourse to other people's money.
New Zealand's national defence policy is nothing more than international socialism in action. We have made ourselves into America's willing little helpers. We now have no choice--because we are not prepared to take responsibility for ourselves.
Expect more Dotcom fiascos.