Fri Nov 17th, 2006 at 05:45:45 AM EST
It is customary in Europe, especially in countries that participated in Iraq's occupation, to claim that EU countries are needed for peacekeeping in countries hit by the War on Terra, because they do it so much better than the violent Americans. This myth lives on despite receiving several blows from exposures about the conduct of British soldiers, and some about others (Danes in Iraq, Germans in Afghanistan).
This myth was especially prevalent in the Netherlands, where support for participation in any peacekeeping mission (including COalitions of the Willing) ran highest in Europe. But now de Volkskrant reports (in Dutch; and SPIEGEL ON-LINE covers it in German) that Dutch soldiers tortured captured Iraqis three years ago.
Interrogation 'methods' included exposure to strong light, playing loud music, not letting people sleep by pouring cold water on them.
The Dutch treatment was probably only the beginning for the culprits: the practice was to hand over captives to the Brits after four days.
After the xposure, the hypocrites in the government apply the US method: they "don't remember" but at the same time deny that the practices amlount to torture.
A reminder: the Netherlands originally sent 1,400 troops to Iraq, but had to withdraw in the spring of 2005, but the Balkenende government sought to keep up its US alignment by leaving 15 military bureaucrats/military police in Baghdad.