For starters I also mourn; Cpl Tamatea, L/Cpl Baker, Pvt Harris.
Your names are sadly added to our Roll Of Honour, RIP.
One, Phillip Bruce Goff is added to the walk of shame.
96 Years ago in the middle of "The War To End All Wars", the NZLP was conceived and born of a mash of socialist and comunist, largely union based, entities.
Just as confetti accompanies a wedding a veritable cloud of white feathers showered that birth.
A very strong conscientious objector element sought recognition at the birth, employing a slogan "no conscription of men until conscription of wealth". Five of those founders were convicted of 'sedition' over the matter, P Webb, R Semple, James O'Brien, Tim Armstrong and the second NZ LP Prime Minister Peter Frazer.
Oh the irony when 20 years after that War ended, a reedy voiced ex Australian, now PM of NZ in the 1st Labour Government, with a very jingoistic speech, committed NZ troops to WW2 within hours of the Polish Ultimatum expiring. Savage's Cabinet included then or later, all of the five "conchies" who then set about "conscripting" men to fight "their War".
Travel forward another 25 years and at the forefront of the anti Vietnam War protesters were, among a plethora of socialists, Helen Elizabeth Clark and Phillip Bruce Goff. Move the clock forward to 2003 and guess who embroils our proud Defense Forces in the intractable Hell that is Afghanistan, none other than the two fervent anti war agitators themselves.
Yesterday, an artists impression of a weasel peering through a gorse fence, has an epiphany and wants the troops he committed, brought home, something the present PM has already committed to achieving.
At this very sad time we acknowledge deaths of soldiers falling in the combat zone as individuals, that is reality 2012, sheesh how many fell in single days in the traumatic days of wars gone by and all families received then was a dreaded "telegram" days or weeks later and later still a gravesite where they fell as a bonus if identifiable remains could be recovered.
Mr Goff, the old adage returns "it is better to remain silent and be thought stupid, than speak and remove any doubt".
The more things change, the more they stay the same
My apologies and sympathies to the families of the slain for posting this now but it seems important to me and I beg forgiveness for any offence.