Spot the odd one out

  • US took part in strike on in response to use of chemical weapons by Assad regime
  • UK took part
  • France took part
  • Canada “supports the decision”
  • Australia “supports these strikes”
  • NATO “I support the action”
  • Turkey “welcomed the strike”
  • EU “stands with our allies”
  • New Zealand “therefore accepts why the US, UK and France have today responded”

The New Zealand position sticks out like a sore thumb. They can’t bring themselves to say they support the action, so the Government uses the weasel word of “accepts”. They believe that no country ever should take military action unless Russia and China agree not to veto it. Doesn’t matter that Assad is using chemical weapons against international law and treaty.

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