Op­er­a­tion Katipo

Nelson Mail - - COMMENT&OPINION -

The re­cent mil­i­tary ex­er­cises, ’Katipo,’ in­volv­ing 16 coun­tries, tak­ing place top of the South Is­land, took out a full page ad­ver­tise­ment in the mail (4/11/17) stat­ing they’re not just about fun and wargames but also about safety, se­cu­rity, sta­bil­ity. The re­al­ity, given their videos, shows boys run­ning around shoot­ing their weapons. Its about mil­i­tary fol­low­ing or­ders, prac­tic­ing to kill, ready for in­vad­ing and oc­cu­py­ing other peo­ples’ coun­tries, en­abling the in­ter­na­tional war­mon­ger­ing to con­tinue.

Lets stop kid­ding our­selves. The pick­ing up of any weapon is an act of vi­o­lence and in­stead of fol­low­ing or­ders, if all mil­i­tary per­son­nel said NO! there would be no war! They might want to keep in mind what one of their em­ploy­ers, fur­ther up the chain of com­mand stated ‘‘Mil­i­tary men are just dumb, stupid an­i­mals to be used as pawns in for­eign pol­icy.’’

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