The Prime Minister’s decision to send troops to Iraq will come back to bite New Zealand, says Labour’s foreign affairs spokesman David Shearer.
On Monday John Key disputed the notion that Kiwi troops training the Iraqi army had increased the chances of a terrorist attack in New Zealand by Islamic State, also known as Isis and Isil.
But Shearer, a former United Nations worker who has lived and worked in the Baghdad green zone in Iraq, said there was no doubt it would have a direct effect.
“Russia started bombing and it got an airliner blown up, France started talking about bombing and there was an attack on Paris. Of course there’s cause an effect.”
How appalling. Blaming the countries that are victims.
Hey Germany would have left us alone in WWII if we hadn’t joined the Allies. Thank God the 1st Labour Government has a better sense of good and evil.
Islamic State wants to create a global caliphate. They see all other countries as the enemy. Labour’s policy is to do nothing at all about Islamic State.
Tunisia has been attacked by Islamic State adherents. They don’t have any troops in Iraq or Syria, so how does Labour explain them being attacked? I think it is because they are the only Arab democracy.
There have been 102 (yes 102) Islamic terrorist attacks around the world so far in 2015. Does Labour really think it will never occur in NZ, regardless of whether we have trainers in Iraq?
Here’s the list of countries that have had an Islamic terrorist attack, just in 2015:
- Saudi Arabia
- West Bank