A sheila by name of Patricia Grace, a much-admired writer of books and stuff Alf is told, has popped up to declare her opposition to this country sending troops to war.
It is not clear if she distinguished between sending troops to fight a war or sending them to teach some other bugger to fight a war.
Perhaps this was clarified in the item broadcast from Radio NZ this week.
But a pointer to the item says:
One of New Zealand’s most celebrated authors, Patricia Grace, says New Zealand should not be going to war anywhere, including places in the Middle East such as Afghanistan.
Alf fancies himself not so much as a writer as a judge of good writing and immediately spotted a tautology.
If New Zealand did not go to war anywhere, then that would include the Middle East and Afghanistan.
It would include anywhere around this country, too, which would complicate planning at Defence Headquarters more than somewhat.