" New Zealand was the safest place in the world"
Yes, because it's a naive, elitist little island out in the middle of nowhere, it doesn't do anything, except raise sheep, takes no risks and nobody gives a damn about it.
When the Chinese or Islamofascists invade what will they do? How and what will they defend themselves with. It's so very brave of them to declare a no nuke policy. So what?
New Zealand is meaningless.
I was interested in the "takes no risks" part of your post.
I guess that's what New Zealand's SAS are doing fighting alongside US special forces in Afghanistan - taking no risks. And I suppose that is why President George W Bush has given the NZ SAS a unit citation - for taking no risks.
It's easy to take cheap shots at New Zealand - I'm a Kiwi and I get frustrated by the level of doolally, tree-hugging unreality among certain sections of the Labour Party, the Greens and their fellow travellers here. I know the point you're making. I'd just ask you to also consider that our troops are serving alongside yours (I'm assuming you're American) in a theatre of war. And are doing a fine job.
All the best to our boys a long way from home. Kia kaha.