Barry Soper: NZ's Beehive dancing to America's beat in Iraq

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A soldier at Camp Taji. Photo / Supplied
A soldier at Camp Taji. Photo / Supplied

It's a case of the Beehive dancing to the beat of the American drum to help it clean up the mess it made in war-ravaged Iraq.

Ever since the American invasion of the country 13 years ago, to hunt down the nonexistent weapons of mass destruction, and to claim the scalp of the man they put in place as President, Saddam Hussein, the country's been a mess.

The attitude of the invaders, exemplified by the bloodlust of the subject of American Sniper, the late Chris Kyle, created the hatred the US is now fighting in the country.

Read more: New Zealand to extend its deployment in Iraq, Prime Minister John Key confirms

They seem to have Isis on the run. The city of Fallujah, which is close to where more than 100 of our troops are stationed, has just been retaken by the Iraqi military after two years of terror for its citizens.

When we deployed our troops just over a year ago the Government was adamant - they'll be there for two years and no longer.

Well like many deployments before it, things have changed and they've now extended our boots on the ground until November 2018.

And we'll no longer be exclusively stationed at Taji, a 35 square kilometre fortress, where our troops are training their citizens to fight the Isis scourge.

Some of our trainers and their minders will for short periods be stationed at another military base, 52 kilometres southeast of Taji, and they'll also help train the country's cops who have the unenviable task of trying to maintain law and order in liberated cities.

Few would argue that countries like ours, that stand for what's decent in the world, shouldn't do our bit to purge the planet of the parasites. Unfortunately, none of us can feel entirely safe anymore, regardless of our isolation at the bottom of the globe.

We could argue about the reason there's so much hatred by the so-called Islamic State against the West, which to some of us is pretty obvious while to others, mainly those who've buried their heads in the Iraqi desert, it's simply their fault. So what's the point of wasting our breath?

The damage is now done. It was obvious from the start though that the deployment of our troops was never going to be for a finite period.

The only thing certain about war is that it has a deliberate start but no one can predict its bloody end!

- NZ Herald

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