Mourning three more soldiers

August 20th, 2012 at 7:12 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

The Taleban has claimed responsibility for the bomb attack that killed three New Zealand soldiers only two weeks after the deaths of Lance Corporals Rory Malone and Pralli Durrer in a firefight.

The Defence Force said that at approximately 9.20am ( time) yesterday, the last vehicle in a convoy was hit by an improvised explosive device, North West of Do Abe, Bamiyan, on the road to Romero.

As always thoughts are with the families, comrades and friends of the dead soldiers.

My thoughts are also with the wider families of all those serving in Afghanistan. It is obvious that the situation for the PRT has become more dangerous. The other families will be hoping for no further incidents during this final 12 months in Afghanistan.

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32 Responses to “Mourning three more soldiers”

  1. Manolo (13,370 comments) says:

    Tragic, just tragic.

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  2. Luke Mutton (247 comments) says:

    Wasteful, just wasteful.

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  3. Steve Wrathall (242 comments) says:

    Wasteful? Tell that to the Afghan girls who are now allowed to go to school, and the Hazaras protected from Taleban genocide. Who ever said protecting the world from theocratic terrorism was cheap?

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  4. Pete George (22,845 comments) says:

    Very sad.

    Also very sad is the immediate and despicable response at The Standard, started by ‘Sanctuary’ (who comments on a number of blogs). Can someone go and give him (and others following on the bashwagon) a bollocking. That’s disgraceful, extremely disrespectful to the soldiers and their families.

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  5. big bruv (13,294 comments) says:

    Pete

    Why would you bother going over to the Standard?, they are all feral scum anyway.

    Your point about them showing no respect is valid though, they have no shame.

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  6. Say Goodbye to Hollywood (555 comments) says:

    What BB said. Why do you bother Pete? You seem to be expecting a different outcome when dealing with the idiots that populate the standard. Stop reading dumb blogs, it only encourages them.

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  7. Elaycee (4,301 comments) says:

    @ BB / SGTH:

    +1

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  8. Nostalgia-NZ (4,911 comments) says:

    The thread title is ‘Mourning three more soldiers’ as I’m sure most of us do. I hope DPF will start another thread for debate about the wider topic these deaths introduce otherwise sympathy for the soldier’s families and loved ones is compromised. It’s called respect and those men deserve it.

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  9. graham (2,215 comments) says:

    BB / SGTH / Elaycee:

    +1 from me too.

    Waste of time visiting The Standard, Pete, as I’ve said to you before. It will end up depressing you, making you bitter, twisted, and convinced that the world is doomed. Honestly, I’m surprised some of them didn’t commit suicide following the last election, they were that bitter.

    I wouldn’t call them dumb or stupid, mind. Some of them are quite intelligent; it’s just that they are idealogically blinkered (in the same way some accuse we Christians of being – just to point out it’s not only religion that commands a blindness in some people) and absolutely cannot see past the holy grail of “Left is GREAT! Right is SCUM!”. For them, if you are right leaning, or subscribe to ANY policies that could be vaguely described as right-wing, that’s it – you’re scum.

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  10. Mighty_Kites (81 comments) says:

    I’ve seen just as feral comments emanating from Kiwiblog as those that come from The Standard. So basically once again it’s a case of the pot calling the kettle black by Kiwiblog commenters

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  11. Hamnida (905 comments) says:

    A very very sad day.

    Thoughts are with their families and the soldiers who remain on duty.

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  12. Alan Johnstone (1,062 comments) says:

    The saddest part of this is that the Afghan war has been lost long ago. The Taliban already effectively rule parts of the country and will take the rest with 24 months as the final western troops leave.

    Noble, good soldiers dying pointless deaths for a lost cause.

    Tragic.

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  13. Robinson 666 (115 comments) says:

    Those men knew what they going into. Its a war!

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  14. Keeping Stock (10,100 comments) says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the dead soldiers, and with their colleagues both in Afghanistan and back at Burnham (where I have relatives based). They will be feeling this loss profoundly.

    And of course, it hasn’t taken long for the hate to start being poured out; refer to Luke Mutton’s comment above, and this gem left at my place:

    Warbird said…

    Blood on Key’s hands.
    More and more blood.

    August 20, 2012 8:16 AM

    I have replied thus:

    @ Warbird – the only reason I’ve published your comment is to show just how low some people will sink. The PRT has been deployed in Afghanistan since 2003. Your petty political point-scoring is an insult to the memories of those who have lost their lives serving their country.

    August 20, 2012 8:19 AM

    Sadly, we will see much more of this vitriol in the days to come. And that sucks.

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  15. Say Goodbye to Hollywood (555 comments) says:

    Yes quite right, this thread is about the soldiers and my thoughts are with their families.

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  16. iMP (2,245 comments) says:

    This is tragic and awful, but the price we have to pay for our international collective responsibility. No doubt Lockwood will allow a debate in parl. Tues. Interesting extra info. on the casualties and vehicles involved can be seen here: http://conzervative.wordpress.com

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  17. Monique Watson (1,062 comments) says:

    Thanks IMP -interesting.

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  18. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    > That’s disgraceful, extremely disrespectful to the soldiers and their families.

    What, has he suggested that instead of going to a memorial service for the slain soldiers, he’d rather watch his son play baseball?

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  19. Keeping Stock (10,100 comments) says:

    Well said iMP; we can’t simply live in isolation, and yet pretend to be citizens of the world. It’s a helluva price to pay, but ultimately, their deaths will not be in vain, and in their lives they made a difference. We cannot simply surrender to the terrorists.

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  20. tvb (4,207 comments) says:

    When the West pulls out the Taleban will get back into control and sadly our mission will not have succeeded. TIEEE deaths are grim news for the families and their military comrades.

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  21. Keeping Stock (10,100 comments) says:

    You’re all class ross69; yeah right

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  22. Pete George (22,845 comments) says:

    BB / SGTH etc: I don’t think crap should be ignored, it should be spoken up against. No blog operates in isolation. I can’t speak against it there but I can here and some will notice it.

    And I see that now:
    - The Standard now has a respectful post re the deaths:
    http://thestandard.org.nz/three-more-kiwi-deaths-in-afghanistan/
    - Sanctuary’s comment has had an appropriate response:

    IrishBill: The politics of our presence in Afghanistan needs to be discussed but not as thoughtlessly as this. Cool your heels or you’ll get a week off.

    Irishbill commented recently that he would like to see better moderation at The Standard but he doesn’t have the time to do it.

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  23. dime (9,431 comments) says:

    Very sad :(

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  24. niggly (799 comments) says:

    Condolences to the soldier’s families, friends and comrades.

    I see in other reports that ISAF are tracking the bomb maker to put an end to his legacy.

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  25. Longknives (4,456 comments) says:

    Very sad, but I believe we are doing the right thing in having our troops over there…

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  26. Robinson 666 (115 comments) says:

    One of the NZers killed was a woman. Another reason not to send women to Afghanistan!

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  27. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    Well – I hope we see a simple respectful return of these people and that they are burried with some dignity and that we dont see a repeat of the wallowing in griefporn that we saw a couple of weeks ago.

    Their familes will have enough trouble without the the media and hangers-on and wailers and the moaners (politicians and other attention seekers) turning the whole episode into a circus of faux grief.

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  28. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    One of the soldiers killed is a female..RIP. My thoughts and condolences got to the family and friends..very sad.

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  29. Weihana (4,496 comments) says:

    Steve Wrathall (81) Says:
    August 20th, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Wasteful? Tell that to the Afghan girls who are now allowed to go to school, and the Hazaras protected from Taleban genocide. Who ever said protecting the world from theocratic terrorism was cheap?

    Ok. Where to next? Iran? Saudi Arabia? Sudan? Let’s all go sign up to fight the war on terrorism… You first.

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  30. Weihana (4,496 comments) says:

    Keeping Stock (7,986) Says:
    August 20th, 2012 at 9:07 am

    We cannot simply surrender to the terrorists.

    Why not? What are we looking to achieve? Liberal democracy? Surely not. It isn’t going to happen in Egypt, it certainly isn’t going to happen in Afghanistan.

    They attacked America. America has inflicted a considerable amount of death and destruction on those that were responsible for such attacks including the death of OBL. Why can’t we call it even and get out of there? The West has lost thousands of more lives in pursuing more wars in Asia and the mid-east in an effort to prevent further attacks. It has also sacrificed its productivity in diverting economic resources towards war.

    What is the point in preventing further loss of life by sacrificing lives? Perhaps you prevent attacks but gain nothing. You just swap soldiers lives for civilian lives. And arguably after all of it you still cannot guarantee that the terrorists will not attack again. It’s endless.

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  31. Robinson 666 (115 comments) says:

    The mission was accomplished when they got rid of Bin Ladden. Why are we still there?

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  32. Keeping Stock (10,100 comments) says:

    @ Robinson666 – clearly it wasn’t, and the Taleban has regrouped.

    But one has to wonder; how much have all the Wikileaks revelations played in the shift of ascendancy? Julian Assange has some questions to answer.

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