Afghanistan: Dutch military gives fort name from Indonesian colonial war butchery


This is a video of a demonstration in Germany against war in Afghanistan.

News from Afghanistan: the Dutch military has given, in November 2006, one of their fortified posts, in the Baluchi valley in Uruzgan, the name Poentjak.

This Indonesian name is from the colonial wars of 1945-1949, when Dutch armed forces with much bloodshed tried to prevent Indonesia from becoming effectively free, after its declaration of independence in 1945.

The name Poentjak is, more specifically, derived from a fortress in Sulawesi island.

In Sulawesi, the infamous Dutch captain Raymond Westerling had many thousands of Indonesian civilians butchered.

Some cheerladers for Bush and Blair, those who want to have a “human rights” ideological figleaf, go berserk whenever someone calls wars like in Afghanistan or Iraq “neocolonialism”.

While others, the more cynical ones, say: yes, we are like the British empire, the Belgians in Congo, etc. of a hundred years ago; so what?

Calling this post in Afghanistan Poentjak points in the second direction.

Dutch army sends Afghan prisoners to infamous Baghram prison: here.

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