This 9 May 2015 video is called ISIS MEMBER: TURKEY SUPPORTED US WITH WEAPONS.
It hurts when it appears that someone joins evil, while his colleagues risk their lives for the freedom of other human beings.
Ms Hennis-Plasschaert is simplistic in counterposing here ‘evil’ ISIS to the armed forces of the Netherlands and their NATO and other allies, supposedly being all about ‘freedom’.
Without any doubt ISIS is evil.
In Dutch, and other, armed forces, the aim is to kill people. In ISIS, the aim is to kill people. Often (not always) different people; often (not always) for different reasons. Still, the transition for this air force sergeant who went to Syria is not one from absolute good to evil.
Talking about Syria. In 2013, if peace movements would not have protested, and British Prime Minister David Cameron’s war plans would not have been defeated in the House of Commons … then Britain, the USA, and other NATO countries, probably including the Netherlands, would have been at war in Syria, on the same side as al Qaeda and ISIS.
So, this air force sergeant is going one step further from what almost became official NATO policy in 2013.
Now, retired General Van Uhm has expressed sympathy for confused Dutch teenagers going to the bloody war in Syria. Boys who often end up there in fanatically religious sectarian paramilitary organisations, with big chances of getting disabled or killed. Or girls, who may end up as ‘religious military prostitutes‘, and have big chances of getting disabled or killed too.
According to distraught parents of misguided Dutch teenagers joining jihadis in Syria, the Dutch government is not helping those parents to stop that.
There are more reasons why Minister Hennis-Plasschaert is simplistic in totally counterposing ISIS to ‘pro-freedom’ Dutch armed forces and their allies. Many of the allies of the Dutch government in the present, officially anti-ISIS, war in the Middle East, are dictatorships. From the Saudi absolute monarchy, a staunch ally of NATO countries, came ISIS’ fanatical sectarian Wahhabi ideology, their cruel beheadings, lots of money, etc. From the Bahraini absolute monarchy, another staunch ally of NATO countries, came officers from its sectarian armed forces for ISIS, money for ISIS, etc. From the Qatari absolute monarchy came … etc.
The only effective force fighting ISIS are Turkish and Syrian Kurds. However, like other NATO governments including David Cameron’s and the Australian government, the Dutch government which includes Ms Hennis-Plasschaert, has defamed these Kurdish opponents of ISIS as ‘terrorists’.
Australia’s prime minister has drawn fire from the Jewish community after he compared Islamic State with Hitler’s Germany, saying the jihadists are in some respects “worse than the Nazis”: here.
U.S. SOLDIER CHARGED WITH ALLEGEDLY ATTEMPTING TO SUPPORT ISIS. [Iraq and Afghanistan veteran] Ikaika Erik Kang is accused of “attempting to provide material support to Islamic State [ISIS] extremists, including a drone aircraft and combat training instructions.” [Reuters]