I'm with you on that, Seven.
Both of you clearly have no idea what motivates a soldier. What motivates me is going out there and actually doing my job instead of just going on exercise. And if that also means making a change for the local population (albeit on a small scale) so much for the better.
And Balic, your last comment has no place on these boards, opinon or not.
that's not the point ... it's not the troops that want to rebuild Afghanistan, that's the politicians.
some soldiers agree, others disagree but in the end the military is a tool (no pun intended ) at the governments disposal to serve Dutch interests.
Right now the governments feel that stabilizing Afghanistan is in our best interests (terrorists and all that) so they send the military to do it for them
I agree with the mission but when I get on the plane early next year I won't be doing it for the poor Afghans because I don't really care they might as well have been Congolese or Lebanese, I'll do it because my country wants me to do it and if somebody shoots me in the face I will be buried with full military honours (hopefully) and not in Afghanistan (again ... hopefully) but in the Netherlands because for me, that's what it's all about
but I do hope nobody shoots me dead because I figure it hurts and I don;t think I helped enough old ladies cross the street to warrant an appartment in heaven
besides, I'm way too nice to kill
What if we manage to help a small percentage of a small percentage of the Afghan people that do appreciate western aid during our stay? Is that worth all the invested millions and millions of euros?
Dodgy countries such as Venezuela and Iran are bigger priorities/threats at the moment. We better keep some reserves incase the shit hits the fan.
In Iran or Venezuela is irrelevant for a country like ours, and it probaly will be for quite some time...
No they didn't. It's got nothing to do with ongoing operations, it' s merely hypothetical.
Last edited by SiFiOn; 11-11-2006 at 02:42 PM. Reason: double post.
How come you think that the goal here is trying to put democracy on this nation?They want to turn a moslim country into a democratic country. They think they can ''destroy/defeat'' the Taliban, you can't call such government realitic.
The above is impossible, that's a fact.
So you think our country isn't involved in some kind of threat? Wake up please....The only situation I can call being relevant to the saying ''They died for the country'' is when there nation is being invated or in other ways threatened by some other nation.
Maybe you should consider finding yourself another job if I understand correctly that you have a contract with the MoD. Especially when you state things like this:Anyway, if they want me to go to Afghanistan to do the impossible...I would say I don't wanna go, but as I have signed a contract that says I can be send all over the world to fight for purposes I don't care about, I have to go and I will go. But if I had a choice I would say; ''No thanks''
As we in Holland say:
''Laat die moslims maar lekker in hun eigen soep gaar koken''
grabbed this one of mindef.nl regarding Srebrenica
sad story, great photo