Sunday, December 14, 2003

Greens claim New Zealand deceived over army role in Iraq

But the documents they've unearthed don't show anything of the sort. It's been no secret that NZ troops may need to defend themselves, and it's no leap from that to their having detailed rules on when and how they may do so.

Show me something that says that NZ troops are patroling the streets intimidating the local populace into submission or kicking in doors, and I'll be righteously pissed off. But so far I haven't seen anything to indicate that they're acting beyond the role we set for them.

That said, I'd be interested in learning how many times they have had to fire their weapons, and under what circumstances. Though the government will probably try and hide behind "operational security" if the result is at all embarassing.