The New Zealand military has announced its schedule for the week of war in November. This is a week where they will be celebrating war: they’ll be aiming to get young people to sign up to fight and die in wars, polishing up the public image of killing and dying in war, and cosying up to others who like to fight and die.
Here is a run down of the schedule so far:
November 13-16 – Operation “Mahi Tangaroa”: Navy wargames in Auckland where they practice making war
November 16 & 17 – Weapons Expo of 500 International Arms dealers at Viaduct Events Centre, sponsored by #1 weapons dealer – Lockheed Martin
November 17 – Warships line up and sail into Auckland
November 18 – 1000 soldiers march down Queen Street
November 19 – The governor-general inspects the warships
November 20 – The warships are open to the public (especially children who they can entice with real guns and other gadgets)
Auckland Peace Action is organising a response to this week of war: a week of peace action. Stay tuned for more details in the next week about actions and activities you can be part of. In the meantime, we say that war is nothing to celebrate, and it is salient to remember what war looks like, and its not shiny boats, uniforms and parades:
4 thoughts on “Week of War announced”
Talking to Michael Fleck on Waiheke Island about the exclusion zone, surely that can’t exclude the ferries. Ideally, with Fullers sympathy, they could advertise the “Week of Peace”. Otherwise, a sneak banner? Also, sometimes a defense by offense works. Would it be possible to contact the counterparts in America who could demonstrate at the offices of the arms producers with banners such as “selling arms in New Zealand is akin to selling dope to children, etc.
After 40 years you haven’t changed. Still fighting the good fight.
I will go and attend through the whole 7 days but I intend to let the young people know that there causations of conflict and war. MsGyst E. Pureti USMC Ret.