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Complacent media fails debate over ‘empire’ wars

Other People's Wars cover

Volume 17, Issue 2

October, 2011

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Beatson, D. (2011). Complacent media fails debate over ‘empire’ wars. Pacific Journalism Review, 17(2): 214-218. Review of Other People’s Wars: New Zealand in Afghanistan, Iraq and the war on terror, by Nicky Hager. Nelson: Craig Potton Publishing, 2011. 439 pp. ISBN 978-1-877517-69-3.
Author(s): David Beatson
Reviewed book by Nicky Hager
Publication date: 
October, 2011

Nicky Hager's main charge in Other People’s Wars is that New Zealand’s defence and foreign affairs establishment has developed a culture where some senior officers ‘wanted to obey the government only when they agreed with it’, and otherwise ‘quietly undermined’ its policies and decisions. They believed they could ‘go to war without telling the public most of what they did’—and Hager provides convincing evidence that, for most of the last decade, they have been successful.