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by Euro Reporter
2014-10-07 10:33:02
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Six F-16 fighter jets for ISIS

Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher said Wednesday the cabinet will deploy the six planes and two reserve jets along with 250 pilots and support staff. The Dutch also will send about 130 military trainers to Iraq to support Iraqi and Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State group on the ground.

Asscher said the Dutch government doesn’t currently see an international mandate for joining airstrikes in Syria. Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said the Dutch jets will likely be based in Jordan.


Netherlands to Boost Military Spending

The Netherlands on Tuesday announced it will ramp up military spending in the years ahead in response to rising geopolitical tensions and criticism that austerity-driven cutbacks have crippled the country's military. The Dutch government will increase spending by €100 million ($129 million) a year and free up money for emergency aid in war-torn regions, Dutch King Willem-Alexander said in a speech ahead of the government's 2015 budget presentation. The government is not reversing cutbacks currently under way, which means the Netherlands still falls short of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's spending guidelines.

Many Western countries have slashed defense budgets in recent years in an attempt to shore up their finances following a lengthy economic crisis. NATO countries agreed earlier this month to reverse this trend, largely in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Defense officials in the Netherlands say the cutbacks have crippled the military and that the extra funds won't be enough. King Willem-Alexander, however, said in his speech that the extra money marked a reversal from the cutbacks introduced in previous years.

He highlighted the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine on July 17, which killed 196 Dutch citizens and put the nation in a state of shock. "The MH17 disaster and the situation in Ukraine and the Middle East illustrate that in today's world everything is connected," he said. The Netherlands currently spends around 1.3% of its gross domestic product on the military, well below the NATO guideline of 2%. The Dutch government in 2011 embarked on a dramatic overhaul of its military that included more than 14,000 job cuts, the closing of several military bases and the disposal of key military equipment. The Netherlands, the eurozone's fifth-largest economy, is slowly emerging from a lengthy recession that has taken a toll on government finances. The Dutch government expects the economy to grow by 0.75% this year and 1.25% in 2015, and that it will meet European Union budget rules. "The Netherlands is in a better shape, but we're not there yet," Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said.


Euthanasias Increase 15% as Doctors Target Mental Health Patients

The 2013 Netherlands euthanasia report was released yesterday indicating a 15% increase of reported euthanasia deaths. There were also 42 euthanasia deaths for people with psychiatric problems and 97 euthanasia deaths for people with dementia. The 2013 report indicated that there were 4829 reported euthanasia deaths which was up from 4188 in 2012. As bad as it is, the reported euthanasia deaths do not include the unreported euthanasia deaths. The five year Netherlands euthanasia Lancet study indicated that in 2010, 23% of all euthanasia deaths went unreported in the Netherlands, which was up from 20% in 2005. The under-reporting of euthanasia in the Netherlands represents (20% – 23%) of all euthanasia deaths. It is likely that the actual number of euthanasia deaths is (965 – 1100) deaths higher. The number of reported euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands is continually increasing. There was a 15% increase in 2013, 13% in 2012, 18% in 2011, 19% in 2010. Further to that:

There were 2331 reported euthanasia deaths in 2008.

There were 2636 reported euthanasia deaths in 2009.

There were 3136 reported euthanasia deaths in 2010.

There were 3695 reported euthanasia deaths in 2011.

There were 4188 reported euthanasia deaths in 2012.

There were 4829 reported euthanasia deaths in 2013.

Theo Boer, a Dutch ethicist who had been a 9 year member of a euthanasia regional review committee recently wrote an article explaining why he has changed his mind and now opposes euthanasia. He explained how the Netherlands law has expanded its reasons for euthanasia and how the number of euthanasia deaths was constantly increasing turning euthanasia into a perceived right rather than an exception. The reasons for euthanasia continues to expand in the Netherlands. For instance:

Recently the euthanasia clinic was reprimanded (not shut down) for lethally injecting a woman because she didn’t want to live in a nursing home.

Dutch pediatricians are wanting euthanasia extended to children under 12.

A healthy woman, who was going blind, was euthanized because she was obsessed with cleanliness and feared being unable to clean the dirt on her clothes.

EPC predicted that there would be a continuous increase in the number and reasons for euthanasia after the Netherlands euthanasia lobby launched six mobile euthanasia teams. The mobile euthanasia teams claimed that they would fill the “unmet demand” for euthanasia for people with chronic depression (mental pain), people with disabilities, people with dementia and loneliness, and for those whose request for euthanasia was declined by their physician.

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