NZ Participation in US-led Korea War Games Foolish and Dangerous
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is again participating
in US-led military exercises in the Korean peninsula. The US claims these are necessary to protect South Korea against
an invasion from the North, but this has absolutely no credibility.
The military budget of the US and its allies is some US$1000 billion
, between 100 and 1000 times that of North Korea. The idea of North Korea starting a war against those odds is
More plausibly the exercises are to practise a potential invasion of North Korea and a subsequent war with China
It is understandable that the NZDF wants to play with the big boys’ toys – this is the largest military exercise in the
world – and New Zealand prime ministers like to play golf with American presidents. But these are scarcely valid reasons
to imperil the security of the nation and its economic well-being.
The situation is particularly tense in the aftermath of the announcement of the deployment of the THAAD component of the
US missile defense system in South Korea – which both China and Russia
see as aimed at them – and the US facing off China in the South China Sea.
New Zealand should not be unthinkingly exacerbating these tensions but rather seeking to defuse them. Our security, and
our economy are dependent on peace in East Asia and that objective should be the basis of our foreign policy.