This video from the USA says about itself:
How this military explosive is poisoning American soil
28 December 2017
The bomb that went off twice: here.
In our latest ProPublica collaboration, we report on RDX, one of the world’s most powerful conventional explosives developed by the U.S. military. But it’s now believed by many to cause cancer, and is increasingly turning up in drinking water supplies near military sites across the country.
However, that does not mean that armed forces of other countries do not also damage the environment.
Ms Belhaj is a member of the D66 ‘liberal’ political party. The most left-wing of the four parties in the present right-wing government which has a one MP majority in parliament.
D66 is only ‘left-wing’ if compared to the three other still more right-wing parties in the coalition. Eg, before the 2017 election, D66 used to oppose the government’s ‘Big Brother’ anti-privacy bill giving secret police powers to spy on all Internet netizens and sharing the results of that spying with foreign organisations like the United States NSA, the United States CIA, the secret police of Turkish dictator and NATO ally Erdogan, and the secret police of ally and absolute monarchy Saudi Arabia. Now that they are in government, D66 MPs support that Big Brother law (though the D66 youth organisation does not).
A main issue for D66 was always the referendum, they wanted to give citizens the right to vote on governments’ laws. However, when D66 joined the government coalition, the new D66 Minister Ollongren proposed a bill abolishing the referendum.
So, what does D66 MP Belhaj say about the environment and the Dutch military?
She mentions the Dutch armed forces use lots of anti-environment fossil fuel during their neocolonial military missions abroad. Not just for tanks and armoured cars: the energy for military bases abroad is provided by oil-powered generators. Ms Belhaj proposes to replace the generators by solar panels: cheaper, safer to transport and better for the environment.
Ms Belhaj regrets that last year the Dutch
Defence War Department bought 2,000 military trucks running on diesel fuel.
The D66 MP notes that the food for Dutch soldiers in Africa or the Middle East or Afghanistan is brought to them by airplanes from the Netherlands. Wouldn’t it be more efficient to raise food crops locally, she asks herself.
Here, Ms Belhaj might have proposed to stop these neocolonial wars in Africa and in the Middle East. Which would greatly benefit the environment. However, here we see the limits of D66’s ‘liberalism’ once again.