Monday, July 27, 2009

The joys of a benign strategic environment

The US's latest tactic in their attempt to bully us into sending troops to Afghanistan is to suggest that if we help them, they'll help us:

"God forbid there be a threat directly to New Zealand. Wouldn't it then be good for a country like Holland or Canada or Slovakia or the US to be there [for you]?"
Which sounds good in theory. But in reality, the chances of our being invaded by penguins from Antarctica are rather low. So, what "threat" would we be being "defended" against? Seriously?