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Hormuz mission puts relationship with US under pressure; former commander warns of request | Dutch VK |

Now that the government has to take the plunge about participating in a maritime mission in the Strait of Hormuz, it threatens to become a symbol of the growing gap between the US and Europe. Also in the Netherlands, prominent voices are now turning against military action under American command.

The protection of the free passage through the Strait of Hormuz - where ships have been attacked in recent months - has become the subject of geopolitical rivalry and disagreement between Western allies this summer. The American plan was welcomed in Europe, where even alternative plans emerged. The Netherlands reacted "with benevolence", but former commander of the armed forces Dick Berlijn today turned against the participation in an American mission in the Volkskrant.

According to Berlin, this seems to be primarily intended to exert "maximum pressure" on Iran, and is part of a policy that Europe, as a proponent of maintaining the nuclear agreement with Iran, strongly disagrees with. "I don't think we should participate in an operation by the Americans that we absolutely don't know what's going to happen there. What if there is a provocation and America sees that as a license to wage war on a large scale? "

Former Foreign Minister Ben Bot is also "extremely hesitant" about participating in a mission "to solve a problem created by the US itself by stepping out of the nuclear agreement." By joining the American side, the Netherlands is sending out "a strange signal". "The Americans are forcing allies into something that nobody wants at the moment."


Dutch Commander Dick Berlijn
Dutch Foreign Minister Ben Bot

by Oui on Tue Aug 20th, 2019 at 10:32:21 AM EST
To be clear, I see no sign that Netherlands has agreed to participate in a US led naval effort in the Gulf. Do you have evidence to the contrary?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Aug 20th, 2019 at 04:07:57 PM EST
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Decision has been posponed ... after summer reces Mark Rutte must make a choice: offend the president of a great nation or comply. It would be a stake through the heart of any political career beyond the EU. Mark has ambition ... 😠 a crucial week.
by Oui on Wed Aug 21st, 2019 at 04:49:38 AM EST
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Ever since the Malaysian airliner was shot out of the sky above the Ukraine in July 2014, Mark has done extremely well ... Obama/Trump - leash - dog.
by Oui on Wed Aug 21st, 2019 at 04:54:23 AM EST
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