Thursday, October 25, 2007

Dutch Soldiers Poorly Prepared for Riots in Iraq

Dutch soldiers in Iraq in 2005 acted during hundreds of riots and lootings without having proper preparation. This led to unnecessary danger to the soldiers. This is the finding of researcher Michiel de Weger of the Royal Dutch Military Academy. During the mission one Dutch marine soldier, Eric O., fired two warning shots on a group of looting Iraqis. One Iraqi was killed.

Comment: The Dutch troops in Srebrenica who fled the town in 1995 while the largest mass murder/genocide after the Second World War took place were also ill prepared for their tasks. This is mentioned in the Writ of Summons for the court case brought by some of the victims’ widows against the Netherlands and the United Nations.

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