Let us be very clear. Filmmaker Barbara Sumner-Burstyn has every right to 'dish' one of our three dead Kiwi soldiers when she said ..... "Oh, so fallen soldier Jacinda Baker liked boxing and baking - did they forget she also liked invading countries we are not at war with, killing innocent people and had no moral compass".
It is a right gifted her by members of the military prepared to put their lives on the line defending the ability of people like Ms Sumner-Burstyn to say what they think.
No matter she is wrong; no matter that she was disrespectful to the dead; no matter that her remarks were tasteless; no matter that Lance Corporal Baker was a medic; no matter about the pain those remarks caused to her grieving family; no matter her remarks were inflammatory; no matter that the cowardly attack was made from outside New Zealand; no matter that she is clearly one of those sad people whose blind prejudices against our involvement in Afghanistan cause them to attack the military as easy targets when in fact they should be directing her anger against the successive governments who sent them there.
Ms Sumner-Burstyn deserves all the odium she has received over her outburst although I suspect for her it is likely to be 'water off a ducks back' being the effete precious person she clearly is.
The 'left' side of the political divide is welcome to her.
Baltimore now deserves its own post.
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