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The Christian faith… and military.

I have written before about the Christian faith… and military. I wrote about Human rights and the lack of freedom to express in Western Europe.. Especially in countries like the Netherlands. I wrote about Humanity in warfare... a totally Christian view on warfare. This not only means military should act according to the “civilized” Geneva convention of war and refugees.

“You follow the rules of war for you — not your enemy. You fight by rules to keep your humanity.”

Ofcourse also Christian military, Kings, knights, popes, peasants from the highest levels to the lowest haven´t always behaved according these rules of war. Most times we can trace these atrocities and acts of war back to one simple thing: Greed. The pope who wages war because he want to expand his empire. Christian (German) soldiers who industrial gassed and murdered Jewish and other different peoples. A medieval king who butchers Muslim soldiers who surrendered.. all examples of the same problem.

Different levels, same Greed
We can see the problems above on different levels. We see Whole countries acting like this, we see individuals with power.. Kings, Pope’s and so on… and individuals without “power” but still be able to follow there own interest. An interesting example is King David, who Sends Moab to war to be killed so he can take Moab’s wife.

14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah. 15 In it he wrote, “Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.”

26 When Uriah’s wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him.27 After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.

Not God who did it or commanded it! Though these days God always has done it… while the I-God (you, yourself and I) have no stake in it, right?

You as an individual
My personal advise to people who are Christian and want to serve in the military: Look into what plan God has for you. God, in my opinion, isn’t against soldiers, military or even politicians… What he is against… what displeases Him… is when you use your position as a soldier or politician (or whatever) to your own interest, lusts and greed. (Yes all those I-god things so important these days. So in fact God and Christianity are totally opposite to the current western worldview.

Countries & empires
And that creates a problem… You yourself can act according these rules and do good, wherever you go. But what about politics, governments and the military chain of command? What if the Government of (in this case the Netherlands… but what about the United States or Great Britain?) uses it’s military force not to defend their peoples, or help people in distress. But just to take… raw materials, increase their influence or  secure economic market place.. in (post) occupied countries.

Yes this is a sidestep… but an important one: Again the JSF is an example.. it reflects the mindset… also reflected in the TTIP world domination deal.

Watch this movie complete. it’s about 10 minutes but it goes from important words from President Eisenhower.. to former US Army General Wesley Clark. (Here you can find the written speech of President Eisenhower.)

I will try to post a blog in the near future about this movie.

Some fragments.. which are important to realize: the corrupted society. I see these changes in society – drifting away from God… and at the same time, the greed, and power grabbing we did, and the increase of differences between rich (us) and the poor (others, you know what I’m talking about. This is the reality of today! This is what President Eisenhower warned us about:

…we yet realize that America’s leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.

Throughout America’s adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace; to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity and integrity among people and among nations. To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people.

First of all, Im curious about the Current President’s farewell address. Will he talk about God like this. His behavior the last couple of years are totally the opposite to this way of thinking. Time for a new Eisenhower like POTUS i would say. (but whom could that be? I fear the worst with the current democrat and republican candidates……..

Biblical vision about military
The bible gives high accounts of military people. The Centurion, for example which amazes Jesus with his faith: “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith”. 

The Faith of the Centurion

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5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 

6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.” 

7 Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.” 

8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 

9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 

10 When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith”. 

Also Paul writes and says a lot about soldiers. About their discipline, about their weapons and other gear. About fighting the (good) fight. And conquering evil.

Most western military forces these days have good equipped and good disciplined trained forces. They are used for the good, they are operating in countries to help people. Unfortunately a lot of those operations are realy meant to support other means. The interests of some politicians, some officers some industrialists. Like the position we god thanks to our rather large deployment to Uruzgan in Afghanistan. Our government at the time was invited to the G20, Our former minister of Foreign Affairs received in the same period of time his new job as Secretary General of the NATO. Coincidence? The results are clear, the have been 25 soldiers killed, 140 wounded, we lost a lot of vehicles and aircraft (1 F16, 1 Apache and two Chinook) And The Defense organization ate itself out because the deployment was to big for the people and budget our government wants to spend on defense. A Dutch saying says:”they wanted to sit for a dime on the first row”… Ad now, some 5 years after this mission our armed forces still feels the problems. And did the mission succeed?  Yes we build a lot of facilities for the local population, we promoted democracy we gave medical support. But does it still function? Was it worth it? Was it worth for our people to chat within the G20 for as long as it lasted?

Once again, I don’t want to be Anti-American but I do want to say that their interests aren’t always the same as the Dutch (peoples) interests. Our governments, especially those with CDA and VVD onboard, keep selling our interests in the interest of the United States. Why? What’s the benefit for us, the people?  Defense and military force should be used for one thing, and for one thing only. Helping and defending people of evil countries and evil organizations / individuals who don’t care for people. If used for the good – military forces can be a means to do this. And to do so: To keep the peace is to prepare for war! My biblical motto is from Isaiah 1 vs 17:And I would love to have this taken over by any Dutch government, military commander and soldier from now on!

Isaiah 1:17

17 learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of th

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Effects based operations….. what effects?

The U.S.-led coalition has carried out nearly 3,800 airstrikes since August, but that’s led to few gains for an Iraqi military that has a long way to go before it can hold territory.

Interesting to see. thousand of sorties by US and Allied fighter aircraft meaning billions of dollars dropped over Iraq and Syria… and where are we today? OK there are some key places which would have been fallen if it didn’t happen. (Mount Sinjar, Hasakah region, Kobane e.g.) but what about the rest? Was this a good investment and has it speeded up the whiping out of ISIS/ISIL? Wouldn’t it be a smart thing to change a plan after a while when it seems to be not working at all?

Look at this well documented article about the situation in February ’15 in the Hasakah region / the Khabour river delta..

First see for yourself where and what the International coalition air strikes have been.. and what the effects where on the ground! (video)

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Again the problem is the OODA loop… (at least the lack of it)
That’s what the Air force thinkers do with their OODA loop don;’t they? What is happening in the minds of those USAF and allied thinkers…Just as with the JSF problem.. ‘can’t turn, can’t climb, can’t run’ but still there is no plan B.

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(I use the JSF often… not to bash the JSF, their advocates or lobbyists… but to show there is something fundamentally wrong in the mindset of the people who bare the responsibilities in the US but also in the Netherlands and other countries.)

What could be the plan B for the war on ISIS?
Looking at the facts based on real time intel shows us there are alternatives. Syria and Iraq are connected and democratic governed forces are two areas on which plan B can be executed.

Syria and Iraq are connected
First off all, start looking at the problems in Syria and Iraq as One. they aren’t separate problems, The supplies for IS gangs in Iraq come from Syria. So stop treating both countries as separated issues.

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The West knows best: Democratic governance and freedom!
As western countries we (our governments…) say we have high moral standards and we view human rights, democratic governing, freedom of speech and thought, e.g. as very important parts of our worldview high Wouldn’t it be time to support people with the same attitude, the same moral principles and democratic drive as we do? Right, that would mean we stop arming and training certain groups like ‘Hazzm movement’ / Levant Front – Jabhat al-Shamiyya for example. But also arming the Iraqi Security Forces hasn’t paid up to the expectations….. So Failing ISF forces receive weapons, from helicopters, F-16 fighters, tanks and other hardware they abandon within sight of the “enemy” which realy isn’t their enemy… they are there nephews, brothers, fathers… Arabs from the Sunni islam. These terrorist organisations (no other word for groups like al Qaeda’s hardline Nusra Front afiliated groups) receive weapons from US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, UAE e.g.

Hazzm has received what it describes as small amounts of military aid from foreign states opposed to Assad, including U.S.-made anti-tank missiles.

More proof?  US Vice-president Biden:

Turks, Saudis, UAE funded and armed Al Nusra and Al Qaeda 

While Democratic peoples in Syria, and also in Iraq where the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) and its Peshmerga forces are receiving some support and training (but none of this to Syriac, Yezidi and other self defense units.) These are the ones who we (US, NATO especially the Netherlands with its high standing Human Rights and humanistic views on Women rights, freedom of speech) should and must support…

Right read the Human rights policy paper of the Dutch government ones again. Freedom of religion isn’t that important to us… the freedom not to believe is… Oh yes, that’s also secured in the Rojava Democratic Self Administration…. Why the hell aren’t we supporting these peoples?

Just read this article about a member of the British House of Lords, Lord Raymond Joliffe of Hylton who visited Jazira (Cizire) Canton in Rojava:

In answer to the question: What is the message that will pass on to the United Kingdom after this visit, Lord Hylton said, “My message will be that there is a common area where people live in peace and security and that they must be supported”.

On the position of the UK regarding the ISIS Lord Hylton said, “ISIS is the greatest threat to Britain and Parliament is concerned about this organisation, and in my opinion the actions taken by the European union to combat the terrorism of this organisation is not enough, I am sure that they can exert more pressure to eliminate them.” .

We the western peoples have spend biljons if not triljons of dollars on boms (with prices ranging from $ 10.000 to $ 500.000 and even cruise missiles well over millions of dollars a piece. The highly expensive weapons are used to bomb individual fighters in their pick-up trucks, former US, former ISF military hardware like Abrams tanks and many HUMVEE type of vehicles.. and command and control centres for IS. But back to the plan B, what if it would be more affordable and more effective to create a really effective democratic governed ground force with better weapons and ammunition supplies to fight the fight against IS for us ” on the ground”. Advances of the YPG, Syriac Military Council (Christians) and certain Arab allies (don’t forget these, they are fighting against their own Sunni peoples) show these forces are able and willing to do so!

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Operation Commander Rubar Qamishlo
At the moment Operation Commander Rubar Qamishlo is in its second stage. After liberating large areas in the Rojava area and Kobane the next stage is to connect both the Kobane front with the Hasakah areas. This will close down the supply route from Turkey to IS.

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A next step. IMO will be to take al- Raqqa.. The IS Stronghold. The entire area until the Euphrates river would be possible to take… IF

If there would be sufficient (new) weapons, especially the ones which would give these forces the ability to strike deeper (for example with Mortars (60 and 81mm (range up to 8km) Have 40mm grenade launchers, ) but also the 20mm  Anti Material Rifles would give them a big advantage over IS. Also delivery of certain Anti Tank or guided missiles.  Why not give them used vehicles and other systems which could increase the speed of their attack. Like M113 vehicles, or BV206 To attack Raqqah the YPG (and allies) must cross the Euphrates river.. they need boats and other assets to do so.

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We don’t send our own troops, we just support troops who are sharing with us the same human vision and democratic will to be free. Why not? Is power politics with Saudi Arabia and Turkey more important than freedom? Please act decisively and fast. Only then the (minority) people of Iraq and Syria can be free.

Islamic State murders real innocent people: EU has a Responsibility to protect

We see heart breaking events unfold… for months now, we knew they were happening in Syria. And yet Dutch Foreign Minister Timmermans could only mention that Iraq had freedom of religion in its constitution.

  1. Come again? I earlier made notion of Timmermans response to injustice worldwide. With only interest in some particular unjustice in some countries. At the moment we are the people doing nothing. We see it happen and go on holiday, and ignoring it. We do accept Islamist hatred of the same ISIS during protests in the Hague and Amsterdam. We ignore it al to well.

Responsibility to protect
DutchForce21 is saddened by the news that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)[i], have overrun Iraqi security and armed forces and effectively control the city of Mosul. A city which previously held a large Christian minority[ii] which happened to live in relative peace with her Muslim neighbours. ISIS terrorists directly labelled Christian houses and buildings, and summoned them to either, convert, pay extra “protection tax” (Dhimmi) leave or be killed. Christian decided to flee to a safer place. And thankfully such a safer place is there thanks to the people of Kurdistan. Besides that ISIS after a couple of days stand at the gates of Baghdad. It kills everybody who do not want to bow down for their worldview, they sell (Christian) woman as sex slaves, they do whatever God has forbidden… yet they are allowed in the name of Jihad. That’s in Iraq.. and Syria.

Learn from the past
Recent history is repeating itself over and over again. Both European and US governments decisions to support, arm and train Islamist militant groups in their “struggle” to free themselves from “dictatorship” The Arab (or Islamist) spring received support of many European governments as they argued it would force those Arab countries to open up for democracy. In some cases European governments and the US decided to support the newly formed resistance groups made up of several types of organisations. These organizations varied from liberal secular groups to Islamist groups. Support of European Governments and the US varied from political pressure on existing governments to  military intervention in Libya. As we now know large amounts of weapons stockpiled by Khadafy and the Libyan army where stolen from their barracks and transported to many places where we have heart about the last couple of years. Heavy weapons, anti-aircraft missiles and anti-tank weapons were transported and used in Mali, Gaza, Central African Republic and Syria. With many civil casualties as a consequence.

Besides this there where many other forms of support which now have very big consequences for Europe and the existence of Christians and non-Muslim freedoms in the whole Middle-East and Arab peninsula.  It is very bad to hear that what is happening now is a direct consequence of decisions taken by several EU member states, the US, Saudi Arabia (and other Sunni majority countries) to support, train and equip these so called (Islamist) resistance groups. These governments should have learnt from their past mistakes (not so long ago) of doing the same to Al Qaida[iii] which happened to be a CIA sponsored organization to fight the Russian invaders of Afghanistan to balance power.  The same thing has been done in several Middle Eastern, African, Asian and former Soviet Union states, almost all have gone terribly wrong. 9/11 is just one example…  And still the Western governments keep on supporting islamist groups, training them with special warfare tactics and weaponry.  At the same time, many “young” Muslim people living in Europe and the rest of the Western countries like America, Australia and Canada are inspired by these fundamentalist groups and do their utmost to joining them in the fight for an Islamist Caliphate. The amount of violence and sectarian murderous behaviour is frightening to say it softly. Numbers of European citizens taking part in these massacres vary but around 3.000 should be a very moderate estimate.

Europe has a responsibly to protect

  • Firstly because as mentioned above we bear responsibility for our governments support of the Arab Spring, our bombings, training delivery of weapons and our money donated to these terrorist groups.
  • Secondly because Europe claims to protect Human dignity, freedom rights and freedom of religion, expression and conscience.
  • Thirdly because our own interests benefit of a safe world with free waterways and delivery of goods, raw materials and other resources.
  • Fourthly because Kurdish forces secure not only area’s in Iraq against ISIS/ISIL extremist invasion, they also do this in Syria. In both cases they protect innocent people and minorities.

We (the European citizens) must recognise that:

  • It is ultimately possible that Iraq (as we know it) no longer exists and is not coming back;
  • Theoretical concepts of sustaining Iraq as a country, whatever the cost, will be counterproductive, what is needed is a recognition of the immediate situation that does not change if we do nothing;
  • There are great differences between Sunni and Shi’ites respectively led by Saudi Arabia and Iran, both countries must do their utmost to deliver a peaceful and long-lasting solution, with respect for the position of the Kurds and also of religious minorities in their respective area of influence.
  • Sunni tribal leaders and factions cooperate with ISIS, but we realize that many Sunnis also are victims of this situation.
  • That the future of the Kurds and Shi’ites in the south are two different realities;
  • The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)for years now, has proven to be an effective and functioning administrative and constructive autonomous region which is fully capable of self-supporting under normal circumstances;
  • the deployment of the Peshmerga has been successful in their military operations and they have shown restraint in their operations and executed primarily defensive missions;
  • The Kurdish people at this moment form the only “safe-Haven” in the whole region where Christians and other minorities (like the Sjabak) can live in freedom of religion, expression and conscience.

Ways to respond :

  1. Stop all training, funding and equipping activities of European secret services and military in the whole of Africa, Arabia and middle eastern countries. Force Turkey – as a candidate EU member state to do the same.
  2. Europe should recognise the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Kurdistan as an autonomous area at very short notice and start talks with their leaders in order to give the region a future, and also to provide them with proper care for the displaced minorities and the necessary security. They now already support almost half a million displaced people[iv]. Europe could:
    1. Deliver medical equipment, accommodations, physical and mental support.
    2. Take care of seriously injured people
    3. Support medical care of Kurdish civil and military casualties
    4. Take delivery of Kurdish oil and increase commercial activities.
  3. Create Self Administration Security Area’ (SASA) in area’s secured by Kurdish security forces both in Syria and Iraq.
  4. Support military/security operations of Peshmerga forces in the areas of operation on order to secure the harmless and innocent. The available means are: supply of spares and ammunition and (Close) Air Support.

Military support
Military support is possible because there is a fundamental difference between Peshmerga[v] and the mentioned terrorist organisations previously or still supported by western governments.

Support options:

  1. Training and armaments: This shouldn’t be a priority The Peshmerga is already a well trained and fairly modern equipped fighting force with combat experience. They also have sufficient manpower. As part of the Iraqi army, they have 30,000 men. But in total it could well be. Around 200,000. The current situation wont demand a boots on the ground solution unless required for target designation. Peshmerga has indicated on capabilities to designate. Targets
  2. Ammunition / components:. What Peshmerga has indicated is they are in need of sufficient ammunition and other supplies.
  3. (Close) Air support: the most effective way of operating, and also saves the Kurds lives and casualties. The EU and its member states have a duty to protect their lives as much as possible by providing (Close) Air Support. They now the situation on the ground, they now the targets of ISIS/ISIL and the places where innocent people are positioned[vi].

DutchForce21 is convinced that our fellow Christian brothers and sisters must be secured. And see just that done by the Kurdish forces both in Syria and Iraq. They are doing what should be the responsibility of the rest of the world, including Europe and its member countries. Dutchforce21 therefore demands that the EU and our US allies will take a firm response by supporting and helping the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in their efforts to secure Iraqi and Syrian Christians and other minorities. It is our responsibility to protect! 

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Mr. Timmermans, your Human Rights policy document is totaly WRONG!

Although we can give Minister of Foreign Affairs many credits for the (sometimes even personal) way he handles the MH17 case these days, I also want to point once more on his unfair and unjust policy document Human rights policy – Justice and respect for all

“Almost 75% of the worlds population lives in high levels of government restrictions on freedom of religion or belief.”

Download it here! And spread it around! Say Yes to Justice and Human Rights:

Yes to Human rights – ALL Human Rights/Human rights for ALL!

The Report.

To Download the Report, Please Click Here

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The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on International Religious Freedom is pleased to release its first report that presents an overview of what freedom of religion and belief in international law, what forms its abuse around the world takes today, how the British government has engaged with the issue and what it can do further to advance this fundamental right.

The report has been written on behalf of the APPG by Professor Malcolm Evans, Professor Javaid Rehman, Ziya Meral, Dr Nazila Ghanea, Katherine Cash and Dr Sean Oliver-Dee.


And we now there is another International partner who actually thinks MFA Timmermans is wrong: Im not only talking about oppressed Christians here, there are many people who suffer, also other religions too.

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor leads the U.S. efforts to promotedemocracy, protect human rights and international religious freedom, and advancelabor rights globally.

Well I must say that in my opinion President Obama has not for one time did anything for people oppressed for their faith, he works together with Saudi Arabia, one of the most repressing regimes in the world, he supports several armed groups in Libia and Syria who now turn out to be fundamentalist Christian and other minorities killing groups. He doesn’t seem to care about the abduction of two Orthodox bishops near Aleppo either. In short you never hear him speak about it… ow, sorry…. just once together with his wife. When a group of about 200 Christian schoolgirls where abducted by Boko Haram… But then talked about just plain girls…. Not Christian. #bringbackourgirls

But at least the State department does have its intelligence and analytic capabilities which point to this conclusion in their International Religious Freedom Report for 2013:

In 2013, the world witnessed the largest displacement of religious communities in recent memory. In almost every corner of the globe, millions of Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and others representing a range of faiths were forced from their homes on account of their religious beliefs. Out of fear or by force, entire neighborhoods are emptying of residents. Communities are disappearing from their traditional and historic homes and dispersing across the geographic map. In conflict zones, in particular, this mass displacement has become a pernicious norm.

Howe come MFA Timmermans didn’t come to that conclusion? and instead focused solely on the LGBT and their advocates safety worldwide? Wile this is the most common violation of peoples lives, freedoms and future.

Read the whole article and the link to the report here!