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PM unimpressed by protest outside his house – Afghans unimpressed by mass murder at weddings

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On a quiet evening, in a leafy suburb in Auckland, around forty people gathered to hold a peaceful candle-lit vigil outside the mansion of multii-millionaire Prime Minister, John Key.

They were protesting at New Zealand’s complicit support of President Obama’s drone strikes in Pakistan, Afghanistan,  and Yemen.

Drones are remote controlled robot planes that carry deadly missiles packed with high explosives. When they detonate, unlike a single bullet, they will  injure, maim, or kill  anyone and everyone within a  60 metre radius. Sixty metres – nearly the width of a rugby field.

Drone strikes have been used to kill alleged “terrorists”. They have also killed hundreds of innocent civilians.

In December 2009, a drone attack in Afghanistan killed forty people, including twentytwo children and  twelve women, in a village called al-Majala.

Four years later, in December 2013, ten people were killed instantly and another five died later from their missile-inflicted injuries. All of them were innocent people on their way to a wedding in Yemen.

There are  reports of other wedding parties also being bombed by US drone strikes.

But even those who have been deliberately targetted by the American Empire, as designated “terrorist” targets, have not been charged, tried, or convicted of any crime. Unlike a man on a battlefield shooting at you, these so-called “terrorists” have not been proven guilty of any wrong-doing.

Question: when did it become OK for Americans to condone State-sanctioned executions, without due process of the law? When did it become ok to designate human beings as “terrorist targets”, without evidence,  and kill them?

Once upon a time, no US president would have countenanced such acts – State-sanctioned executions – without mass protests on the streets of every major city in that country.

After the terrible event that was September 11, the collective psyche of the American people  changed significantly. It became more fearful, anxious, and  susceptible to stories of terror. That fear has silenced Americans’ usual sense of what is right and what is unacceptable.

Americans have been terrorised into submission – but not by Al Qaeda terrorists.

With their silence, they condone the extra-judicial killing of human beings in other countries, without any cloak of justice.

This, in my mind, is even more terrible than the destruction of the World Trade Centre towers. This, to me, signifies that the United States of America has lost it’s ‘moral compass’.

Meanwhile, a group of people in Auckland held a quiet, peaceful, vigil outside the Prime Minister’s residence. The vigil was a protest at New Zealand’s participation of the so-called “Five Eyes Network”, which has most likely (according to John Key) provided useful information to the American Empire in it’s War of Terror against the rest of the world.

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PM Unimpressed by protest outside his house - NZ Herald

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– he was none too happy. Prime Minister John Key’s response was,

 “I’ve always been a bit of the view myself that it’s not really cricket.

He added,

“Yesterday was family day, the afternoon when I got back was Max’s birthday, and just generally speaking it’s our home environment.”

John Key and his family are lucky people. Lucky not to be living in Afghanistan or Yemen. Lucky  that it was Max’s birthday.

It could just as easily have been another country and another event.

Like a wedding party.

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References

Washington Post: Everything you need to know about the drone debate, in one FAQ

Al Jazeera: Yemenis seek justice in wedding drone strike

New York Daily News: Yemen officials: U.S. drone strikes convoy heading to wedding party, kills 15

The Nation: The US Has Bombed at Least Eight Wedding Parties Since 2001

NZ Herald:  PM unimpressed by protest outside his house

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Above image acknowledgment: Francis Owen/Lurch Left Memes

This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 31 May 2014.

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  1. Mooloo magic
    6 June 2014 at 11:10 am

    Yes I fear NZ has lost its moral compass also. The continued popularity of our insouciance PM and his evil Government and its tacit support of the US mass killing of innocents in the Middle East. In the 60s, 70s and 80s Kiwis would have taken to the streets in their thousands to demonstrate our outrage at the United States mass murders. We were once a nation that did not accept French nuclear testing, the Vietnam War and Apartheid and now we turn a blind eye to American atrocities and our government is complicit with this act of evil. Kiwis who vote National have no moral compass and are very gullibly and naïve.

  2. Jo
    6 June 2014 at 12:17 pm

    So you wouldn’t mind people turning up at your house/place of residence and holding a vigil because they disagreed with you? Especially if your children were there? Sure protest outside his electorate office or parliament but not outside his home. BTW who cares how much money he has? After all he worked to earn it.

    • 6 June 2014 at 8:45 pm

      “So you wouldn’t mind people turning up at your house/place of residence and holding a vigil because they disagreed with you?”

      I’m not an elected representative.

      • Jo
        7 June 2014 at 3:52 pm

        So being elected means your family can be harassed? I’m sure Max knows but how does that justify harassment?

        • 8 June 2014 at 12:18 am

          In what manner is a peaceful, silent vigil (not a full on protest), “harassment”? Some neigbourhood parties with drunken youths are louder and more offensive than a quiet vigil.

          And if you’d read my blogpost, Jo, and understood the meaning of it – how does a peaceful vigil compare with death and destruction raining down from the sky, onto an innocent wedding party?

          • Jo
            8 June 2014 at 12:43 pm

            I understood and don’t condone drone strikes but more 40 people standing outside my house would feel more than slightly creepy and I don’t see why the spouse and children oof an elected representative should be targeted. Was Key even in residence at the time?

  3. Deb Kean
    6 June 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Absolutely it’s lost its moral compass. 😦
    Tough bickies Key, protest goes with the territory. Max should know what his father has done.
    Deb

    • 8 June 2014 at 12:19 am

      Indeed, Debs. No doubt Max will have heard about it from other young people who are politically aware.

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