The rather predictable news that the so called 'Auckland Peace Squadron' will be out in force on the Waitemata in November trying to block a US Navy ship from entering the harbour comes at no great surprise.
No matter that the ship will be part of an international naval flotilla comprising ships from over a dozen countries, including most Pacific rim states along with the United Kingdom and France, here for the sole purpose of participating in 'Operation Neptune' ... the ceremonies to mark the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Royal New Zealand Navy.
No matter that none of the ships will be nuclear armed or powered. No matter that New Zealand's anti-nuclear legislation won't be compromised in any way, shape or form. It's nothing more than some good old fashioned American bashing from a disparate group who see the United States as the embodiment of everything that is wrong in the world today. For them Venezuela and North Korea represent the good guys standing up to the evil Uncle Sam.
And the media will of course lap it up ... and should anyone put themselves at risk and get hurt in making their protest then it will all be John Key's fault. Much like the driver fleeing from police pursuit and crashing his/her car ... and it's all the police's fault. Sigh.
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