This video from The Hague, The Netherlands, shows the beginning near the Peace Palace on 31 August 2013, of the demonstration then against war in Syria.
According to Ms Carla Del Ponte, former prosecutor of the Yugoslavia tribunal and member of the United Nations commission on Syria, the Dutch government may be complicit in war crimes in Syria because of its support for jihadist terrorists there, Dutch daily Trouw writes.
Ms Del Ponte demands a criminal investigation into Dutch government support for jihadists in Syria, Trouw writes, 13 September 2018.
In 2013, Michael Spindelegger, foreign affairs minister in the then Austrian Christian democrat-social democrat coalition government, warned the Dutch government against supporting jihadists in Syria. To no avail.
On Monday, Dutch public TV show “Nieuwsuur” (News Hour) reported that the Dutch government has been financing a jihadist group in Syria that public prosecutors have labeled a “terrorist” organisation: here.
Seventeen years after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks—which became the official pretense for the “war on terror” and a series of bloody conflicts that cost the lives of at least one million people—Washington is on the verge of launching a massive new military offensive in Syria in defense of Al Qaeda-linked forces: here.
This 3 April 2018 video says about itself:
Marking a new phase in the Syrian War, Turkey is taking over cities in northern Syria, and children in occupied Afrin are being brainwashed with pro-Erdogan propaganda. We talk to Turkish-Kurdish journalist Ali Örnek.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
The Dutch government-supported paramilitary groups in Syria have committed human rights violations. This is shown by research by Nieuwsuur TV show and by Trouw daily.
Moreover, the groups worked closely with extremists. This means that important criteria used by the government have been violated. The government repeatedly promised Parliament that it would only support groups that would comply with the law of war and that did not cooperate with extremist groups.
In the context of the so-called NLA program (which stands for non-lethal assistance), the Netherlands sent logistics equipment to armed opposition groups in Syria until the beginning of this year. It was supposed to be ‘non-lethal goods’, intended exclusively for ‘moderate’ paramilitary groups. …
Research by Nieuwsuur and Trouw, which in recent months spoke with about 100 rebel leaders and those involved in the NLA program, shows that the promised criteria have been violated. For example, from 2016 to the beginning of 2018 the Netherlands supported the Sultan Murad Brigade with pick-up trucks and uniforms, while this brigade was guilty of war crimes in the same period, according to human rights organizations.
The brigade deployed child soldiers in the battle and was actively involved in attacks on the Sheikh Maqsoud Kurdish district, killing 83 civilians, including 30 children. The Dutch Division of Defense Division 13 also participated in these attacks on Kurdish civilians.
The Netherlands promised to carefully select the groups and stop the support if there were signs of human rights violations or other ‘undesirable behavior’. But support to groups such as the Sultan Murad Brigade continued – despite public warnings from, among others, the UN Human Rights Council – until the beginning of 2018.
The criterion that groups supported by the Netherlands would not cooperate with extremists was also violated. For example, in 2015 the Sultan Murad Brigade, backed by the Netherlands, signed a military alliance with Al-Qaeda. This alliance was publicly known before the Netherlands started supporting the Sultan Murad Brigade.
Finally, the Netherlands supplied logistical equipment to at least three groups that at the same time cooperated with the controversial Ahrar al-Sham battle group. This movement, which has carried out suicide attacks, is considered terrorist by the Dutch Public Prosecution Service.
Dutch government by-passed its international law adviser on helping terrorists in Syria: here.
See also here.
This 11 September 2018 Dutch TV video is called The Netherlands supported terrorists in Syria – (NLA program).
Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 10 September 2011:
The Netherlands supported ‘terrorist movement’ in Syria
The Dutch government has supported an armed group in Syria that has been labeled as terrorist by the Public Prosecution Service. This is shown by research by Nieuwsuur and Trouw.
It concerns the paramilitary group Jabhat al-Shamiya. In 2017 the Netherlands secretly provided the Islamist movement with, eg, uniforms and pick-up trucks. Next month, a Dutchman who went to Syria will be on trial for participation in Jabhat al-Shamiya.
The Netherlands sent the logistics equipment to Jabhat al-Shamiya in the context of the state secret ‘NLA’ program, which stands for ‘non lethal assistance’. Through this program, the Netherlands supplied ‘non-lethal goods’ to 22 combat groups in Syria from 2015 to the beginning of this year. One of those groups, according to the research by Nieuwsuur and Trouw, is Jabhat al-Shamiya (‘Levant Front’).
‘Salafist and jihadist’
The Public Prosecutor is currently prosecuting a Dutch man because in 2015 he is said to have participated in Jabhat al-Shamiya. The indictment states that the group is “salafist and jihadist”, “strives for the establishment of a caliphate” and “otherwise qualifies” as a “criminal organization with terrorist intent”. …
The ministry also sent an evaluation to the House on Friday stating that there was insufficient supervision of the NLA program and that the program has now been stopped. A few months ago, the ministry wrote that the NLA program made sure that ‘moderate combatants‘ could better protect themselves against extremists, and that’ stopping such programs’ entailed the risk that ‘extremist groups would gain further strength’. . …
MPs have been asking for access to information about the NLA program for years, but until now the Netherlands has kept the names of the supported groups secret. The specific type of vehicles that the Netherlands sent to Syria was also declared a state secret. …
On video images that the rebel groups supported by the Netherlands put on their YouTube channels, you can see how they use the type of pick-up truck that the Netherlands supplied by affixing machine guns and shooting at their targets from the trucks. …
The Public Prosecuting Service confirms that they are currently prosecuting a Dutch man for participation in Jabhat al-Shamiya in 2015. The service also confirms that they have labeled Jabhat al-Shamiya as terrorist in this case. The Public Prosecution Service maintains its position and continues the prosecution.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 10 September 2018:
Parliament is shocked by Dutch support for jihadists
The House of Representatives is shocked to hear the news that the Netherlands has provided logistical support for a group in Syria that has been labeled as terrorist by the Public Prosecution Service.
“Shocking”, says member of parliament Sjoerdsma of government coalition party D66. He wonders how it has come this far. According to him, the House has warned several times about this danger. …
Much information about the deliveries to armed groups in Syria has been declared secret. The CDA [another government coalition group] wants clarification about that. “I want to be able to check what the government has done”, says MP Omtzigt. …
The Socialist Party [opposition] believes that the Minister of Foreign Affairs has something to explain again. The government has said so far that support was only given to moderate opposition groups in Syria. “But the moderate rebels turn out to be not that moderate“, says MP Karabulut.
Behind the backs of the German people, the grand coalition of Christian Democrats and Social Democrats is preparing a massive combat mission against the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad. According to a report in the Bild newspaper published on Monday, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen (Christian Democratic Union—CDU) is examining possible reprisals by the Luftwaffe (Air Force) against Syrian government troops should chemical weapons be used against “rebel”-held areas in Idlib province: here.
This 8 March 2018 Israeli News Live video says about itself:
Brutal footage appears from Afrin, Syria as Turkish militants [and, partly Syrian, Free Syrian Army and ISIS militants] backed by Erdogan slaughter female captives. I ask the question: why does the US and NATO allies support such a brutal regime that backs terrorists? Erdogan calls the Kurds terrorist, but the tree is known by its fruit and Erdogan’s is very bitter.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 9 August 2018:
The Netherlands will stop supporting the Syrian opposition in the civil war against President Assad. That is what ministers Blok (Foreign Affairs) and Kaag (Development Aid) write in a letter to parliament.
The chance that the rebels will still turn the tide in the civil war has, according to the ministers, become “extraordinarily limited” and the support for which the Netherlands has paid a total of 70 million euros has “not produced the desired result”.
The Netherlands supported the moderate armed opposition
Even according to British pro-war Blairites, there are no ‘moderate’ rebels in Syria. CIA-supported so-called ‘moderates’ beheaded a sick Palestinian little boy. So-called ‘moderates’ sold journalist Steven Sotloff to ISIS for beheading. A ‘moderate’ Free Syrian Army (FSA) commander practiced cannibalism. The FSA now are puppets of Turkish dictator Erdogan. They helped Erdogan in invading the Kurdish Afrin region, killing many people, looting and imposing headscarves on non-headscarf wearing women by force.
with money in Syria. In addition, investments were made in the police of the Syrian rebels and money went to the so-called White Helmets program; a civilian rescue worker service.
The plug has already been pulled out of the first two programs.
The Netherlands will contribute to the White Helmets program until December.
This video from England says about itself:
14 April 2018
Scores of people joined forces in Norwich city centre to protest against the UK’s involvement in air strikes against Syria.
By Ceren Sagir in Britain:
Thursday, May 3, 2018
A CIVILIAN was “unintentionally” killed by an RAF drone strike … in eastern Syria, the government confirmed yesterday.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson confirmed the individual died after crossing into the strike area on a motorbike moments before the blast on March 26. …
“The vast majority of people in Britain think that this type of intervention has to stop.”
This one precious civilian life lost is just the tip of the iceberg.
The following is the third part of a three-part interview with Professor Piers Robinson, an academic at the University of Sheffield and a member of the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media. Parts one and two appeared on May 24 and May 25.
From the World Socialist Web Site in Britain:
Protesters in Britain speak out against air strikes in Syria
By our reporters
18 April 2018
On Monday evening, Socialist Equality Party members distributed hundreds of copies of the statement “US-British-French missile strikes on Syria heighten danger of a catastrophic war” to workers and young people at anti-war protests around the UK. At London’s Parliament Square, demonstrators rallied against the bombing of Syria by the United States, Britain and France. …
Russell-Moyle said, “The struggle continues, and now with an anti-war Labour leader, we, united together, can lead this charge.”
Corbyn put forward the proposed Act in parliament Tuesday, but Labour’s pro-war MPs backed Prime Minister Theresa May’s ordering Britain to participate in last Saturday’s military strikes without parliamentary approval.
Joel, a university student from West London, said, “It is an abomination that Theresa May thinks she can speak for the people without consulting them. We are supposed to live in a democracy and it’s not democratic at all to take this position and initiate more bloodshed. If she did take it to a vote among the public, she would have lost the vote. So, the only way to bomb Syria is to do it behind closed doors at night behind people’s backs.
“The threats against Russia have been going on for a long time. Instead of agitating against Russia and promoting war, we need peace.
“You cannot believe 90 percent of what you see in the media now because it is controlled by a few people. There will come a time when there are too many of us for them to control. The YouGov survey that said 78 percent did not support the bombing of Syria and it made me think, ‘Do I live in a democracy or a dictatorship?’
“The BBC’s coverage is incredibly biased. We are being told there is propaganda being put out across the world and we are told not believe it, but it is happening right here.
“Capitalism does not work. Right now, 1 percent of the population, a tiny section of the population, are living without struggle and a lot of the country are left in poverty. I definitely believe workers and young people need to be mobilised all over the world.”
Sohaib, a student, said, “I am opposed to wars and attacking other countries. Let the Syrian people decide their own future. May has no right to say if a Syrian house is bombed tomorrow or not. If there were chemical factories, when they were bombed, why was there no smoke or chemical fumes? It’s just an excuse to bomb.
“It is totally unjust what is going on in Syria, and we should not be a puppet to the United States. We have got no money for the National Health Service or for homeless people. You walk down to London Victoria Station, and there are 50 people out on the streets, but they have money to bomb. They threw £100 million in bombs the other night. May did not take it to Parliament because she knows the British public are awake. The youth are a lot more active when it comes to standing up and speaking for their rights against war.”
Around 400 people, half of whom were youth, took to the streets of Bristol. A spokesperson of the Bristol Stop the War declared that the demonstration was called to “halt the military intervention and demand that our MPs and parliament represent this opposition and stand against this potentially catastrophic move from our government and its allies. Let’s show them what democracy looks like.”
Others addressing the rally were Green Party councillors and Labourites … Bristol’s four MPs—Kerry McCarthy, Darren Jones, Karin Smyth and Thangam Debbonaire—are all pro-war and opposed to Corbyn’s leadership.
None of the four attended the rally. Neither did Bristol Labour Mayor Marvin Rees, who steered through an austerity budget earlier this year that cut £34.5million from public services as well as increasing local council tax by 5 percent.
Maximillian, a student, said, “I think it’s clear to anyone who has been following the situation that it’s an unnecessary and illegal action which has been taken by the UK and the US in Syria. I’m more broadly against war in general. American and British involvement has nothing to do with liberating Syria.
“Capitalism is the driving force in as much as the oil interests and so forth are the only reason we are interested in these far-flung countries. Capitalism is necessitating constant regime-change operations for the benefit of a few corporate sponsors of American and British politicians. There are multinational corporations, therefore we must organise ourselves on an international basis.”
Student Macie said, “I thought most of the speeches [on the platform in Bristol] were terrible…so meek and mild. The British government is lying, they go ahead and bomb and don’t care about any opposition, and all the speakers say is talk to your MP. My MP is Kerry McCarthy, a Labour MP, who voted for bombing Syria and did all she could to stop Jeremy Corbyn becoming Labour leader. So, I am supposed to talk to her?
“The only person who said something sensible was Daisy, who I think was from the [Corbyn-supporting] Momentum Youth. I agreed with her that most young people are anti-war and a lot have seen through the lies about Syria after Iraq and Libya. She also said what no one else did, that we have to stand up to Western imperialist aggression ….
Amirah, who bought a copy of the SEP’s 2014 Congress pamphlet “Socialism and the Fight Against War”, came back to say, “I’ve just read a bit of your little book. I can’t believe you were already predicting that the world was heading for such dangerous times back in 2014. And that a nuclear war was possible. I don’t remember anyone else saying that back then.
“I think it’s really good the way you explained how all these governments such as ours are trying to re-divide the world again and prevent Russia and China having any influence. That makes it much clearer why there’s so much hatred against Russia at the moment.
By Marcus Barnett and Lamiat Sabin in London, England, Tuesday, April 17, 2018:
Anti-war protesters urge returning MPs to stop bombing Syria
The action, which was organised by the Stop the War Coalition (StWC), followed a weekend of emergency demonstrations held across more than 30 different cities in Britain, following the announcement that British forces were launching military attacks in Syria.
The crowd expressed rage that the government had acted without the authorisation of Parliament, with demonstrators accusing PM Theresa May of bypassing the vote for fear of handing a massive political victory to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn if the vote was to fall.
Ray Mercer, a retired aerospace worker, told the Star: “The fact Trump and May started bombing Syria the morning chemical weapons inspectors were arriving in the country tells you all you need to know.
“After the disaster in Iraq, have we learnt nothing?
“We need international pressure and negotiations, not Western interference pretending to be humanitarian.”
Meanwhile, speakers from the labour and anti-war movements pointed out that merely 22 per cent of the population support war with Syria, and that a YouGov poll conducted this weekend saying that only 36 per cent of the population have backed Ms May on her latest action.
Large numbers of protesters also amassed up and down the country, in Exeter and Bristol, following StWC’s call to expand the level of opposition to the government “from Orkney to the Isle of Wight.”
Daisy Carter, a Young Labour and Momentum activist helping to organise the Bristol rally, told the Star that the recent action in Syria was “inseparable” from the “long history of Western aggression” in the region.
“I feel that the most important emphasis the British people can make is to call for an end to British bombs falling across the world.”
Mr Corbyn accused the PM of intervening in the Syrian civil war on a “whim” days before Parliament was recalled so that she could avoid scrutiny.
This video from England says about itself:
Bristol Protest March Against Bombing of Syria 16/04/2018
16 April 2018
Bristol Stop The War Coalition brought the centre of Bristol to a standstill during rush hour in protest against the airstrikes on Syria.
CHANTING “Hands off Syria!” and carrying signs denouncing President Donald Trump’s bombing there, hundreds of people massed in front of the White House on Saturday to oppose the Trump-ordered destruction of what he said — and they doubted — were Syrian chemical warfare facilities. Tens of thousands of people joined similar protests nationwide and in other cities around the world. The DC demonstration was one of more than 40 organised by anti-war and anti-Trump groups in the US: here.
Enschede, the Netherlands, 14 April 2016: demonstration against Trump’s/May’s bombs, organised by Syrian refugees and others.
In the days since the US and NATO launched over 100 missiles at the Syrian cities of Damascus and Homs, it is clear that the imperialist powers have not been sated by the latest bloodletting. Within hours of the strikes, US and European newspapers began pumping out editorials demanding a further escalation of the war for regime-change in Syria: here.