Monday, June 23, 2003

Troops to the Solomons?

Cabinet is apparantly considering sending troops to the Solomon Islands to help the government there restore order and end ethnic unrest. Is this a good thing? Well, it seems like a worthy cause, and we would certainly be able to make a greater difference than our token contributions to Iraq or Afghanistan. The government's conditions for sending troops - a formal invitation by the Solomons government; a mandate from the South Pacific Forum - are reasonable enough, and we're not going to be supporting a corrupt dictatorship as we were in Vietnam. So yes, we should help out. It's not as if the Americans are going to...