After 12 years of war and mayhem in Iraq and the whole Western world and their dog training Iraqi soldiers and police force ISIS, a ragtag band of rebel fighters, is taking over not just Iraq but Syria as well.
So when I found all these pretty pictures I decided to find out where Camp Taji (formerly known as camp Cooke), where our troops are stationed, actually is. There is good news and there is bad news. The good news is that they are alive and there is a buffer of about 15 km between them and the devilishly evil ISIS troops who according to the NY Times are surrounding the area. Another good bit of news is that there is a corridor from Taji to Baghdad which means they could get to an airport to get out of the country. Another bit of good news is that ISIS has so far only executed Western journalists according the the MSM and is not attacking foreign troops. They only attack and execute Iraqi troops, religious minorities and Muslims they deem to be un-Muslim!
The bad news is that according to the MSM in New Zealand:
“ISIS fights like a state … It fields more than 25,000 fighters, including a hard core of ex-Baathist professionals and Qaeda veterans. It has a hierarchical unit organisation and rank structure, populated by former regular officers of Saddam Hussein’s military,” added Kilcullen in the Australian Quarterly Essay.The New York Times published an article in which they paint a miserable picture. SAMIA NAKHOUL Stuff 23/05/15
I once again fail to see what difference 120 NZ troops can make while cooped up in an otherwise empty (I think the camp is once again filled to the brim with US/NATO troops seeing as ISIS is giving the cam a wide birth but hey…) camp trying to teach fleeing Iraqi troops to get back to the battlefield while staying save behind the barbed wire “Line”.
Granted it is not a lot of troops compared to the thousands that died in Gallipoli but every life counts and to station troops on a piece of barren, indefensible land, like sitting ducks, is what happened in Gallipoli too. Are we sacrificing NZ troops so it can trigger a greater involvement in the “war on terror”?