Blimp deflator: Letting out the gas

Invasion of Afghanistan wasn’t legal

Posted in afghanistan by Blimp deflator on April 21, 2013

Invasion not legal In an article headlined “Afghan war troubling for Clark, Key”, published in the Manawatu Standard on April 6, 2013, reporter Tracy Watkins quotes former prime minister Helen Clark as saying:

I didn’t have any qualms about the legality [of Afghanistan]. It was absolutely legal. But it was also just the knowledge that Afghanistan as it was had been a failed state and, in failed states, very bad things can happen, including what are obviously terror groups like al Qaeda being able to move around with impunity.

Watkins continues: “She is comfortable she can look the families of all our combat casualties in the eye in the belief New Zealand did the right thing.”

I would say that without hesitation. Just as I would say to families who lost loved ones in World War II, the cause was right.

MY NOTE: So if a country is a “failed state” (as defined by us), it’s okay to invade it, and kill thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands, of people? And no doubt, like the criminal Tony Blair, she’d “do it all again”. See Helen Clark on Afghanistan in 2001 at hardcaw.com.

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Take me with you, please

Posted in afghanistan by Blimp deflator on April 20, 2013

Goodbye Afghanistan
As in the case of Vietnam, the local collabora-
tors are desperate to leave with us. Cartoon by Malcolm Evans from the Manawatu Standard of April 6, 2013.

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We’ll do almost anything to please our masters in Washington

Posted in afghanistan, new zealand, united states by Blimp deflator on April 1, 2013

War graves
Yes, that’s the long and the short of New Zealand’s “involvement” in Afghanistan. The cartoon, by Malcolm Evans, is from the Manawatu Standard of March 18, 2013.

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Are you sure you wouldn’t like to kill me a third time?

Posted in afghanistan by Blimp deflator on February 24, 2013

Bin Laden's Ghost

I couldn’t resist this little graphic, which I found at truthjihad.com.

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Afghan interpreters face dicey future

Posted in afghanistan, new zealand by Blimp deflator on November 3, 2012

Afghan interpreters stuffed

The New Zealand Government has indicated it will give political asylum to some Afghans who have worked as interpreters for the New Zealand forces in Afghanistan.

The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of October 9, 2012. The cartoonist is Malcolm Evans.

Shock for Mars Lander controllers

Posted in afghanistan, united states by Blimp deflator on August 12, 2012

Shock for Mars Lander controllers
From the Manawatu Standard of August 7, 2012. The cartoonist is Malcolm Evans.

NZ must stay the course in Afghanistan, says Dom-Post

Posted in afghanistan, new zealand by Blimp deflator on August 12, 2012

Don't let soldiers' sacrifice be in vain
“Cindy Sheehan . . . and others have tried to put a dent into the specious logic that attempts to translate unnecessary death into justification for still more unnecessary death.” — More US Soldiers Die in Vain, by Ray McGovern, consortium-
news.com, August 7, 2011.

The argument in The Dominion Post’s editorial has been made so often, and debunked so often, I’m surprised to see it still being advanced. Oh, well, I suppose it sounds like sharp thinking to doltish New Zealanders.

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NZ loses two soldiers in Afghanistan: The Dom-Post’s view

Posted in afghanistan, new zealand by Blimp deflator on August 9, 2012

New Zealand loses two soldiers in Afghanistan
The Dominion Post of August 7, 2012. The cartoonist is Tom Scott.

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NZ loses two soldiers in Afghanistan: The Standard’s view

Posted in afghanistan, new zealand by Blimp deflator on August 9, 2012

New Zealand loses two soldiers in Afghanistan
From the Manawatu Standard of August 6, 2012. The cartoonist is Malcolm Evans.

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Follow Uncle Sam . . . and pay the price

Posted in afghanistan, new zealand by Blimp deflator on September 28, 2011

Follow Uncle Sam . . . and pay the price
The worthy gent in this cartoon, from the Manawatu Standard of September 23, 2011, is Murray McCully — New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister. No doubt he will also express sadness over the death, announced today, of another New Zealand soldier in Afghanistan. The soldier, who has not yet been named, is the fourth to die as a result of the Government’s foolish decision to support the American imperial adventure in that country.