Forget the infamy of Srebrenica. Dutch commandos killed 18 Taliban savages in Afghanistan over the last several days.
“If we had not done something then our soldiers could have come under fire and the construction of our camp could have been hindered,” Gen. Dick Berlijn, commander of the Dutch armed forces, told reporters in The Hague.
Berlijn said the Taliban fighters were massing on terrain on both sides of the Baluchi Valley, about 6 miles north of where Dutch troops are building Camp Holland, which will be their base for a reconstruction mission due to start Aug. 1.
“The Baluchi Valley is a strategic position and in the end we decided that if we did not do something about it, it would be a major threat for us,” he said.
So the Dutch, who have 1,500 soldiers stationed in Afghanistan, did something about it.