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Advice On Foreign Intervention and Lethal Aid

by Oui Thu Feb 22nd, 2024 at 03:18:53 PM EST

Excellent Public Relations for all our allies abroad ...

 🤣 🤣 🤣 did this stop the wars in Ukraine and the atrocities in Gaza, Palestinian occupied territory under siege by military power of the Jewish State of Israel ⁉️

Council for advice Dutch Foreign Relations ...

Dutch support for Ukraine is and remains 'necessary and urgent'. An important advisory council informed the government of this today. "There is a lot at stake. It may well be that Europe will be on its own in 2024," the chairman of that council, Bert Koenders, told RTL News.

Defense appropriation should go well beyond 2% of GDP, especially there is a danger a president Trump would cut back on funding to Ukraine proxy war. Trump is a danger to NATO Unity.

Bert Koenders presentation advisory report on Ukraine ... in 2014 he was in Dutch government as foreign minister and covered the Maidan massacre and the tragic downing of Malaysian flight MH17 causing the death of 298 passengers and crew members.

Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders visited Ukraine to recover five more bodies of MH17 victims. They were sent to the Netherlands after a solemn ceremony in the Kharkiv airport. At the press conference in Kyiv, Bert Koenders underlined that the investigation of MH17 crash is being conducted by the Dutch side meticulously and professionally, and called on all parties to refrain from conclusions before it is completed. Dutch Minister his Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin also discussed the situation in the Eastern Ukraine with: both agreed that ceasefire is constantly violated and more needs to be done to ensure control of the Ukrainian border with Russia. Koenders said that the Netherlands see no reason at the moment to lift sanctions against Russia, and that all options remain open when it comes to further sanctions.

Other tragic aircraft incidents in a conflict zone ...

How should Europe respond to Russia? The Dutch view Clingendael Institute - 26 Feb 2015 |

The Netherlands-Russia year, held in 2013 to celebrate 400 years of diplomatic ties, highlighted the long-standing economic and cultural relations between the two countries. The Dutch have consistently combined excellent economic relations with Russia with a broader critical dialogue, which has included discussions on politically sensitive issues such as human rights. Balancing the two has always been difficult, often leading to tensions in the relationship. Whether economic diplomacy or human rights gets priority tends to depend on the political orientation of the Dutch government in office.

The government has regularly been tempted to leave the more critical aspects of the dialogue with Russia to the European Union. However, the Dutch parliament has always ensured that human rights (including LGBT rights) and rule of law issues have been given their proper place in the relationship with Russia, reflecting the strong tradition of support for international and humanitarian law in Dutch politics. This also explains why the Netherlands has always been an active participant in international organisations such as the United Nations, the Council of Europe, and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

The Netherlands is one of Russia's main trading partners (in 2013, trade exchanges totalled €27 billion) and provides a sizeable amount of Russia's foreign direct investment, including reinvestment by Russian companies. This is in part explained by the favourable tax conditions for foreign companies in the Netherlands. Oil and gas and other energy products constitute the most important element in the two countries' trade relations. Dutch company Shell is a major investor in Russia, including in a large LNG project in Sakhalin. And the Dutch natural gas infrastructure and transmission company Gasunie has a close partnership with Russian state operator Gazprom, which led to Dutch participation in the Nord Stream pipeline project. (Moreover, the former CEO of Gasunie heads the South Stream pipeline project's Amsterdam office). Finally, Rotterdam is the main transit port for Russian oil and oil products, and Russia has plans for investment in downstream facilities in the port area.

Respect for international law and support for the post-war security order are important principles in Dutch foreign policy. Therefore, when the Ukraine crisis broke out, the Netherlands strongly condemned Russia's annexation of Crimea and Moscow's support for the destabilisation of the Donbas. The Netherlands worked closely together with the EU and other international partners on the issue. When sanctions were discussed in the EU, the Netherlands followed Germany's lead as the main international mediator in the conflict; like Germany, the Netherlands at first did not favour imposing stronger economic and financial sanctions, in part because of its own economic interests in Russia.

Little to no Trust in Rutte IV policy

Bert Koenders on the War in Ukraine and the Future of Europe | Crisis Group - 21 March 2023 |

Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine has marked a watershed for Europe. The European Union (EU) and its member states acted quickly to implement sanctions against Russia, bolster Ukrainian defences and improve their own energy security. Now, over a year later, with no end in sight to the fighting, EU members and their allies and partners are faced with new challenges as they strive to ensure their policies are sustainable and start thinking about how best to define and ensure their security into the future.

This week on War & Peace, Olga Oliker and Elissa Jobson talk with Bert Koenders, former Dutch minister of foreign affairs and current Crisis Group trustee, about how the war in Ukraine has changed Europe, how the EU has faced the challenges created by the war and the future of Europe's security architecture. They take stock of the EU's response to Russian aggression in Ukraine and discuss European solidarity in support of Ukraine among its member states.

They also evaluate how the EU might need to adapt its policies and internal structure to better address not just continuing war in Ukraine, but also future crises. Finally, they touch on how Europe's security architecture might change, prospects for European strategic autonomy and, relatedly, whether the U.S. will remain a reliable partner.

NATO Policy Rule Beyond the Grave in Dutch politics ... former diplomats and ministers in crucial council for advice.

Dutch government has a council of advisors consisting of former politicians such as Bert Koenders and Jaap De Hoop Scheffer ... a perpetuum mobile for consistent aggressive policy of NATO and Dutch Armed Forces.

During the Cold War the Dutch were known for security and peace ... this stopped in 1989 with the fall of Communism in the Soviet Union.

The strong voice and policy against Russia will be rewarded ...

Ties with Russia are historic and goes back over 400 years ... oh wait, Rutte is sitting in the White House, not the Kremlin 😂 🤣

Netherlands - Russia relations 400 years in 2013
Putin visits Heritage museum in Amsterdam

Winter Olympics - February 9, 2014

Vladimir Putin visited the Holland Heineken House, where he spoke with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands and with Dutch sports fans.

IN 13 years, VVD Leader and PM Mark Rutte sold out the Dutch people who will see poverty rise as a new round of austerity measures await a new coalition cabinet.

These reports are written in incomprehensible Dutch language of sentences a d paragraphs. Writing a full chapter to prove a point that is by itself questionable, There is a Dutch term: wollig.

Providing and financing non-lethal support to non-state armed groups abroad | 25 June 2020 |

In the advice, the CAVV and the AIV discuss how providing "non-lethal support" to non-state armed entities relates to core principles of international law.

The non-intervention principle as well as the prohibition of violence, and under what conditions "non-lethal support" to non-state armed entities can lead to (co-)liability in relation to violations of international humanitarian law and human rights committed by these entities.

The advice also provides elements for an assessment framework with a view to future assessments. The situational assessment required for this necessarily includes political-strategic assessments of the international situation.


NATO Summit, 2008
Bucharest, Romania, April 2-4

NATO's ongoing transformation and enlargement has been a historic success in bolstering the Alliance, promoting peace and security, and advancing freedom and democracy in Central and Eastern Europe. The President and Mrs. Bush's visit to Ukraine, Romania, and Croatia will underscore the importance of fostering a Europe whole, free, and at peace.

President Bush Meets with NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel
Bucharest, Romania

We came in with some objectives in mind. One was to get NATO to continue to support Afghanistan's democracy. And I feel good about what I'm hearing from my fellow leaders about their desire to support Afghanistan. And I think if tomorrow we get clarification on troop support, I think the people of Afghanistan -- the way you indicated it may be -- the people of Afghanistan are going to be more than grateful. And the people who these nations are represented in NATO will be supporting a cause that is worthy, a cause for peace.

Secondly, you and I discussed the need for a comprehensive missile defense regime out of NATO, and it looks like to me that the ingredients are coming together where that could be a distinct possibility. And that would be a very important statement because NATO could assure its members and the people within NATO that there would be defenses available to prevent a Middle Eastern nation, for example [Iran], from launching a strike which could harm our security.

We've also talked, obviously, about enlargement. And we'll see, on enlargement. There's an issue with one country, in particular, but it -- I'm optimistic that it will get solved. And finally, of course, Ukraine and Georgia is a very difficult issue for some nations here. It's not for me. I think that these nations are qualified nations to apply for Membership Application. And I said so on Ukrainian soil; I also said so in the Oval Office with the President of Georgia. And I haven't changed my mind, because it's -- one of the great things about NATO is it encourages the kind of habits that are necessary for peace to exist.

And today in a press conference, I was asked, Mr. Secretary General, about Russia's reactions. I said I have always told Vladimir Putin, my friend, that it's in his interest that there be democracies on her border, and that he doesn't need to fear NATO; he ought to welcome NATO because NATO is a group of nations dedicated to peace. And so I appreciate your hard work and I'm excited about tomorrow's -- about tonight's meeting, and tomorrow's meetings, as well.

That summer ... Georgia under Rose Rebellion leader Mikhail Saakashvili jumped the gun and assaulted South Ossetia killing hundreds of civilians, including Russian peacekeeping forces. A Timeline ...

Georgian artillery opens fire on targets in the region, and troops enter South Ossetia in the early hours of August 8. The attack comes hours after a ceasefire was agreed to open high-level peace negotiations.

From EuroTrib diaries ...

The warmongers have lost yet another war | by Jerome a Paris on Aug 11th, 2008 |

Neocons are people that see danger everywhere and seem to crave military solutions in all cases. They endlessly blather about how we need to stand firm against bullies or other threats (Russia being near the top of the list), and protect our brave allies on the front lines, and along with them, democracy, freedom and our honor.

They mock cowardly European who think appeasement (read - any diplomacy) might have a chance. They fuel conflicts and perpetually tout military options.

And yet, whenever given the opportunity to stand up to their words (and sent other people to fight, of course, they don't do that themselves), the results are surprisingly poor.

After the catastrophic invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, the neocons have just lost a third war, in Georgia.

Today Europe can add the biggest prize of all to the list ... the Ukraine, a forever nemesis for Russia.

US Big Failures from Caspian Sea to Ukraine | 3 Jan. 2023 |

Big Oil Winning the War On Ukraine

In March there were joyful reactions in fossil fuel lobby community when sanctions on Russian natural gas were announced and the European powers were left without a diversion but coal, LNG and nuclear power. The wreckage of green transition to solar and wind power. Quite unreliable sources for fuel consuming industrial processes and transport sector. The politicians in EU HQ Brussels and member states were caught napping as Joe Biden crossed Europe in his Blitzkrieg boasting promises America couldn't meet.

... and of course a single moment of sanity by my nemesis Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and [his spouse Jeanine]. 😄

"The West should respect the red lines of Russia" | Dec. 2017 |

NATO has driven Vladimir Putin into a corner, making him more radical. These are not the words of Russia, but those of NATO's former Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.

According to Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, the West must respect the Russian red line. The speed of NATO enlargement has contributed to Putin's aggressive stance in the former Soviet Union.

NATO should not have committed to Ukraine and Georgia in 2008, the former NATO executive said. He calls it understandable that Putin has opposed it. "He said to me, after the communiqué came true: mister secretary-general, this will not be. This is not going to happen!"

My position on NATO expansion to the Russian frontier and military aggression are consistent and well known. Never fell for American war propaganda ... when I was 20 years old watching the ugly scenes of the Vietnam War and the Pentagon lies pronounced by General William C. Westmoreland and Defense Minister Robert McNamara.

Gulf of Tonkin Incident - a Red Flag moment

High government officials distorted facts and deceived the American public about events that led to full U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.

Sold out the Dutch citizens, worked on his career path toward a business position or a powerful NATO position sitting on the president's lap.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Feb 22nd, 2024 at 11:47:11 PM EST
Gaza Victims Sue German Government For 'Aiding Genocide Against Palestinians' | TRT World |

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, Defense Minister Boris Pistorius, and Economy Minister Robert Habeck all stand accused of "complicity in the genocide in Gaza" by supporting Israel's military offensive, and authorizing the export of €326 million ($350 million) worth of weapons to Israel.

Nadija Samour, one of the lawyers who filed the criminal complaint with federal prosecutors in Karlsruhe, southwestern Germany, said: "Our governments in Europe have a legal obligation not to provide Israel any support in perpetrating the current genocide against the Palestinian people in Gaza. This has to stop and this is what we hope to achieve by going to court. This lawsuit sends a clear message to German officials: you cannot continue to remain accomplices of such crime without consequences. We want accountability."

Samour said German law requires a ground for initial suspicion to start investigations on a potential crime being committed.

"The International Court of Justice's interim ruling clearly showed that there is such ground for initial suspicion when it comes to the crime of genocide against the Palestinian people in Gaza," she stressed, referring to a Jan. 26 ruling ordering Israel's government to stop genocidal acts and take steps to ensure that civilians in Gaza get humanitarian assistance.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Feb 23rd, 2024 at 11:29:22 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 24th, 2024 at 07:57:57 PM EST
Racism Card 🤥 😡

Ahead of an election ... Rutte abuses minority groups in the Netherlands ... favorites are the Turkish community in Rotterdam ... PVV homeland.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 24th, 2024 at 08:00:27 PM EST
Mark Rutte faces heat for 'f----k off' back to Turkey line | Politico - 2016 |

'I am not prime minister 24 hours a day', Dutch PM said in his defense.


Dutch election: PM Rutte and far-right rival Wilders face off in feisty TV debate | 14 March 2017 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 24th, 2024 at 08:01:58 PM EST
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Right wing set for big gains in 2024 EU election, polling shows | Politico - 9 Aug. 2023 |

Right-wing and Euroskeptic parties are set to surge in the next European election at the expense of centrist parties, exclusive polling analysis by POLITICO's Research and Analysis Division shows.

If the elections were held today, the right-wing European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) would become the third-biggest group in the European Parliament -- tied with the centrist Renew -- with 89 seats.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 24th, 2024 at 08:02:40 PM EST
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A sharp right turn: A forecast for the 2024 European Parliament elections| ECFR - 24 Jan. 2024 |

Far-right parties are becoming increasingly dominant in national settings across many EU capitals. Whether in election results, such as the success of Geert Wilders' Freedom Party (PVV) in the Dutch general election in November, or in their ability to set the agenda from the opposition - such as the National Rally's support for France's regressive immigration bill in December - the far right played an important role in shaping European politics in 2023. 2024 is likely to see a continuation of this trend not only in national politics, but also at the European level, with early polls suggesting a more right-leaning European Parliament will emerge after the June 2024 European Parliament elections.

To determine how significant this shift could be and the effect it could have on the European Union's policies and those of national governments, we collected the most recent opinion polls in every EU member state and applied a statistical model of the performance of national parties in previous European Parliament elections, building on a model we developed and used for the 2009, 2014, and 2019 elections.

The results indicate that the European Parliament will likely take a sharp turn to the right after June 2024. While the parliament is not the most significant EU institution when it comes to foreign policy, the way in which the political groups align after the elections, and the impact that these elections have on national debates in member states, will have significant implications for the European Commission's and Council's ability to make foreign policy choices, most notably in implementing the next phase of the European Green Deal.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 24th, 2024 at 08:03:50 PM EST
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Lanny Davis a Hillary Loyalist

Juan Orlando Hernández, Former President of Honduras, Convicted in Manhattan Federal Court of Conspiring to Import Cocaine into the United States and Related Firearms Offenses | DOJ |

Juan Orlando Hernández, Former President of Honduras, Indicted on Drug-Trafficking and Firearms Charges, Extradited to the United States from Honduras | DOJ - 21 April 2022 |

Juan Orlando Hernández, aka JOH, 53, the former President of Honduras, will make his initial appearance tomorrow, April 22, before Magistrate Judge Stewart D. Aaron in federal court in New York after being extradited today from Honduras. A federal court unsealed drug-trafficking and weapons charges today in a superseding indictment against Hernández.

The indictment charges that from at least in or about 2004, up to and including in or about 2022, Hernández, the former two-term President of Honduras, participated in a corrupt and violent drug-trafficking conspiracy to facilitate the importation of hundreds of thousands of kilograms of cocaine into the United States. Hernández allegedly received millions of dollars to use his public office, law enforcement, and the military to support drug-trafficking organizations in Honduras, Mexico, and elsewhere.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 9th, 2024 at 10:47:19 PM EST
Hillary's Honduran Crisis | Huff Post - 14 Dec. 2017 |

In spite of the chaos unleashed by Juan Orlando Hernández's recent attempt to illegally and fraudulently retain the Honduran presidency, the people of Honduras can at least feel grateful for one fact: that Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election last year, and not Hillary Clinton. Because had Hillary won, the protesters flooding the streets from San Pedro Sula to Tegucigalpa would've been crushed in the first week. Had Hillary won, President-elect Salvador Nasralla and the Alliance Against the Dictatorship wouldn't be demanding a full recount, conducted by a neutral international party. Make no mistake--if Hillary Clinton were president of the United States today, it would be business as usual in Honduras.

It was Hillary, first and foremost, who insisted on propping up the current coup regime after it seized power in 2009. When soldiers stormed the Palacio José Cecilio del Valle one early morning in June of that year, carrying President Manuel Zelaya away to the nearest U.S. protectorate (Costa Rica), nearly all of Latin America, as well as the world, called for Zelaya's immediate and unconditional reinstatement as president, even making it a prerequisite for the upcoming elections in November.

The European Union joined nearly all of the Western Hemisphere in recalling its ambassadors. The United States, however--specifically its senior foreign policy official, State Secretary Clinton--equivocated. While the UN General Assembly and the Organization of American States both condemned what they termed a "military coup," Clinton refused to officially label the events as such, which under the Leahy Law would've forced the U.S. government to freeze all military aid to the Central American nation.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 9th, 2024 at 10:48:49 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 9th, 2024 at 10:49:37 PM EST
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Hillary Clinton the Hawk and the Honduran Coup | Al Jazeera UpFront - 2016 |

Astonishing as the State Qatar was a big donor to the Clinton Pension Foundation ... Hillary was the darling of the Muslim Brotherhood and of President Erdogan. Policy in Syria to overthrow President Bashir Al-Assad following the Neocon playbook at the behest of Israel.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 10th, 2024 at 07:27:02 AM EST
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