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NZ Military Karma Zaps 4 Personnel on ANZAC Day

Posted by te2ataria on April 25, 2010

sent by a reader in Sewage City [Wellington]

Surprise, Surprise! It’s ANZAC Day Again!

No, it wasn’t necessarily NZ helicopter pilot incompetence, this time!

Ordinarily, one’s first thought might have been: how could these ace pilots go to war and come back alive if they couldn’t fly a helicopter a couple of blocks without crashing in the peace time?

But this wasn’t any ordinary time; it was ANZAC Day. And the NZ military’s collective bad  karma was out to get fresh blood.

The wreckage of the NZ Air Force Iroquois helicopter that killed four trained air crew. Photo: stuff nz. Image may be subject to copyright.

A Before Photo

NZ Air Farce Iroquois helicopter seen “in action.” There have been four other reported crashes in the NZ Air Farce’s fleet of 14 Iroquois.

The crash forced Prime Minister Don Key to  cut his trip to Turkey short. NZ’s collective bad karma is probably eying him, too.

Don Key, who went to Turkey for Anzac Day commemorations, is now planning to return to New Zealand by Tuesday morning for the  air crews’ funerals, his office said.

“I am shocked and saddened by this tragic event. My thoughts are with the families of the victims, the family of the injured man, and the entire New Zealand Defence Force,” Don Key was reported as saying earlier today.

“To have this happen when the helicopter was heading to Wellington for an Anzac Day flypast is an absolute tragedy.

“I am sure that all New Zealanders will join with me in offering the families of the victims, and the Defence Force, our deepest condolences.”

Bullshit! If you didn’t think the soldiers are cannon fodder, why would you send them to Afghanistan?

Don Key attending the dawn service in Gallipoli today said.:

“This campaign stands in memory for New Zealand, as well as Australia, as playing an important part in fostering a sense of national identity,” he said.

“It is also important today for us to remember and commemorate the bravery and the sacrifice of all those who have served their nation at a time of war. In particular, to remember those who have not returned.

“Today we stand together in peace, former foes now old friends, united in honouring them.”

Until the next time.

Meanwhile,  “a vintage military truck mowed down six war veterans” during Anzac Day parade in Melbourne, Australia.

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7 Responses to “NZ Military Karma Zaps 4 Personnel on ANZAC Day”

  1. joel said

    the Prime Minister of New Zealand is John Key not don key

  2. Kate said

    You have no idea what the family has been through as a result of this tragedy I hope your karma comes soon.

    • te2ataria said

      None of the Moderators on this blog piloted the helicopter, or did anything to cause the crews’ death.

      We are antiwar and hold the military and its related institutions, here in this country as well as elsewhere in the world, responsible for at least 80 percent of the evil in this world.

  3. Andrew Carson said

    As a father of one of the boys this was an accident
    these are the boys that protect our country against all sorts of problems.
    Boys fly high forever

  4. te2ataria said

    @Andrew Carson
    If you mean one of the boys who was killed in the crash, as fellow human beings we offer our condolences.

    But just exactly what “sorts of problems” are the “boys” protecting us against? Pray tell!
    If you intend to answer, please read


    So that the discussion would be meaningful.
    Moderator C.B.

  5. Colin said

    The US military is arguably the most evil force that ever walked the earth. Why aren’t they facing their karma for the mass murder of millions of people?

    • Rob T said

      Bro, you’re not paying enough attention!
      Suicide, probably the worst kind of karma, has claimed an average of 22 US veterans and 0.3 to 4 active servicepersons per day, since 1979. That’s between 325,000 and 380,000 lost souls!

      The number of Veterans with PTSD varies by service era:

      – Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF): About 11-20 out of every 100 Veterans (or between 11-20%) who served in OIF or OEF have PTSD in a given year.
      – Gulf War (Desert Storm): About 12 out of every 100 Gulf War Veterans (or 12%) have PTSD in a given year.
      – Vietnam War: About 15 out of every 100 Vietnam Veterans (or 15%) were currently diagnosed with PTSD at the time of the most recent study in the late 1980s, the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS). It is estimated that about 30 out of every 100 (or 30%) of Vietnam Veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime.

      Among Veterans who use VA health care, about:

      + 23 out of 100 women (or 23%) reported sexual assault when in the military.
      + 55 out of 100 women (or 55%) and 38 out of 100 men (or 38%) have experienced sexual harassment when in the military.

      The incidence over a lifetime following involvement in a war, however, is much greater. Approximately 30 percent of men and 27 percent of women had PTSD at some point in their life following Vietnam.
      There were about 479,000 cases of PTSD and one million lifetime PTSD cases as a result of the Vietnam War.
      One study looked at members of four United States combat infantry units (three Army units and one Marine unit) who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
      The majority of soldiers were exposed to some kind of traumatic, combat-related situations, such as being attacked or ambushed (92 percent), seeing dead bodies (94.5 percent), being shot at (95 percent), and/or knowing someone who was seriously injured or killed (86.5 percent).

      In 2016, As many as 500,000 U.S. troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan wars over the past 13 years have been diagnosed with PTSD.

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