I'm sure Kabul will fall within a month or even sooner.๐Ÿ˜ข

So that the deaths of 80* countries' soldiers wouldn't be in vain, I wanted the coalition to stay there longer. But then July 2021 ravaged the US w/ Delta.

The US needs it's people (& money) on the home front. Period.
*OK I see now it was >40 countries officially involved. I always thought it was more like 80, but I've made a mistake somewhere along the line. 20 years is a long time to follow the events of a war, right?

Anyway, it was a lot. Not just the USA. Even New Zealand helped...
I don't want the sacrifices of the other countries to be forgotten.

10 of my fellow Kiwis lost their lives serving in Afghanistan. There were a few more who fought for the UK but were NZ-born.

Lest we forget: newshub.co.nz/nznews/a-look-โ€ฆ
NZ has become a very left-leaning country since our voting system changed to proportional representation in 1996.

Mea culpa: I voted for that in two referenda.

I didn't fully understand what was at stake.
Consequently, those of us who *always* #SupportTheTroops who risk life and limb to reduce the chance of terrorist attacks at home or when we travel (and we Kiwis travel a lot) are a smallish group.

We remember New York, Bali, Madrid, London, multiple attacks in India, & so on.
I chose my Twitter handle because it represents the phenomenon of countries that fail to unite with others to address a shared threat.

It's controversial, sure.

I just will never stop thinking of the victims of terrorist attacks, whatever their "motive."

Those 51 innocent souls gunned down in my home town in 2019 were targeted by a far right terrorist bc of their race & religion.

There will always be people who hate others because of their race or religion. At home, we have a duty to contain & shrink the size of their groups.
I was speaking up about 1/6 before 1/6.

I predicted violence, just not as much of it. I didn't realize Trump would essentially kneecap the LE & military units under his direct control, on which the USCP depended.

Yes ofc these events are all linked, & no I won't move on.
If Trump had not mismanaged pandemic response, his lawful successor's need to bring folk home to fight pandemic effects would not have been as great as it is now.

It's a tragedy for Afghans esp. the translators who risked life and limb for us & are now getting killed for it.
The same is true of Iraqis.

Effective & democratic leadership of any country requires the daily choosing the lesser of two evils.

People in countries where a US-led coalition may in future decide to topple an autocracy will remember the translators. It will not go well.
I never thought I'd end up agreeing with those who say Trump is a fascist, autocratic, authoritarian wannabe.

But the credible evidence of that reached a level I could no longer ignore or explain away with his own talking points.

He has gone even further since he was fired.
In 2016 Trump campaigned on #BringTheTroopsHome.

The far right segment of his voters claimed to be "anti-war."

We are all anti-war, if we have a working moral compass. I differ from them because I support self defense & #PeaceThroughStrength.
MAGA folk believe in Trump's alleged #PromisesMadePromisesKept.

Yet an objective assessment of his national security record shows the high number and magnitude of broken promises that helped get the US to where it is now.
This pandemic is a threat to national security, which applies both at home and abroad.

I hate that innocent translators in Iraq & Afghanistan are being killed every day for helping our coalitions.

Ask yourself what was done prior to 1/20/21 to prevent this catastrophe.

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All our athletes, and the country were on a high.

Then 2 days ago 24 year old Olivia Podmore died by suicide.

(2) I need to write a short Twitter thread so that some key messages get seen.

I have both professional & personal experience of trying to deal with suicide prevention & "postvention" in NZ.

We *can* learn some common signs of suicidal risk.

(3) After decades of research around the world, the potential reasons why some people suicide are not a mystery.

We need to think about our loved ones, family, friends & others to see if they might be at risk. Then take action.*
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(1) "Don't you want to see what happens if you don't give up?" #Nightbirde

This is relevant to everyone.

She is an angel lent to us and while she is here fighting I will absorb us much as I can from her hopeful soul.

(2) And if I have to go to her music & words to absorb that I will, in gratitude... the pandemic is a life changing, multi-year event that forces almost all of us to contemplate life itself in ways big and small. August 2021 is the harshest month yet for several countries.
(3) For these countries I cannot see a way for September to bring better news for us but we are going to try our darnedest to save lives and support each other.

So many things seem unimportant and right now for me they are.

Then a friend told me a #Nightbirde exists.โค๏ธ
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(1) As I predicted in February when New Zealand started vaccinating it's 5 M people, today we learned the Delta variant is almost certainly here & we're nowhere near vaccinated enough.

๐ŸšจOur rates are <the US Deep South.๐Ÿšจ

By my estimate:

1 dose: 27%
2 doses: 16%

(2) My goal since February has been to receive two Pfizer doses & I'm relieved to say I have achieved that.

I have diabetes, qualifying me for early access, & other less common health issues also contributing to my high risk of complications.

I've been anxious since Jan 2020.
(3) My first instinct in Jan 2020 was to get to the USA. In hindsight I'm glad that didn't happen. Maybe someone up there is looking after me.

(I can understand those who say there's clearly no one up there looking after most humans at the moment.)

So, about NZ:
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(1) I never thought anything like this pandemic would happen in my lifetime. There's no rational basis for that belief but I still held it.

Today I recalled memories of the initial 1980s-90s HIV-AIDS epidemic.

The GOAT came up on a playlist:
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Homophobia had a big part in the ~36 M body count of that epidemic. Politicians politicize matters of life & death when it suits them.
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(1) Unless this TN GOPer can show statements made at the right time, he is no better than those currently failing to properly endorse the vax. Which is most of the party in office, and their anti-vaxxer in chief.

Source for tweet (2016 article): historyofvaccines.org/trump-and-vaccโ€ฆ
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I'm a family member & ally of people with ASD.
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(1) We've had about a month since Hurricane #Elsa with quiet seas out in the Atlantic. That is about to change, as we approach peak season in late August/early Sept.

Some systems forming: nhc.noaa.gov/gtwo.php?basinโ€ฆ

Plus some E. Pacific storms.

(2) Now is not the time for states like FL to be tormented by partisan political division & the rejection of life-saving steps like #GetVaccinated & #MaskUp.

It's never the time, but especially not in peak hurricane season.

#NoPoliticsOnTheBoat #ThisIsAmerica #RightMatters
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How I wish the level of partisan division in 2021 was lower, like it was 4 years ago.
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