Dutch Green party officials were upset by remarks from Representative Tom Lantos, D-California. Lantos is a holocaust survivor, and in a discussion of Guantanamo he stated that Europeans seem much more upset over Guantanamo than they were about Auschwitz.
The Greens were highly offended, but while over the top a bit, Lantos statement comes close to truth. The far left parties which represent most of Europe these days are more interested in attacking the US over petty things while the whole subcontinent of Asia teeters on the edge of a dark chasm.
It was neglect and ignorance that led to the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan to begin with, and now the Dutch are debating whether to pull their troops out or not.
I remember listening to NPR during the advance of the Taliban after the Soviets pulled out, and thinking “This is going to be a horror for the people of Kabul.” The Taliban started shelling the city with rockets, and in the end it was pure horror that most did not hear of.
If the Dutch were to pull out then it would cede more to those same Taliban, and if all of Nato pulls out then the march to Kabul starts over. What would be the reprecussions of that afterwards? Gulbuden Hekmatyar and Ayman Al Zawahari are still out there waiting to massacre again.
If Nato leaves then Afghanistan would once more become a death camp from mountains to steppes — so while Lantos’ statement might thrill some, it’s a bad time to be criticizing allies.