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Old 03-17-2011, 12:27 PM   #1
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Thumbs down (WTF) Dutch army may scrap its tank divisions: AD

Thursday 17 March 2011

The Netherlands may soon have an army without tanks, the AD reports on Thursday.


The paper says the defence minister is considering getting rid of all 80 tanks as part of measures to cut spending.

The two tank divisions were originally set up to protect the Netherlands from attack from communist states but are now used in foreign peacekeeping missions.

A number of transport helicopters could also be scrapped to save money, the paper says, quoting defence ministry sources.
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Old 03-17-2011, 12:41 PM   #2
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Sounds like a great idea to me.
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:05 PM   #3
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Or instead, you could switch JSF for Gripen and save $4 billion. But I guess your government is talking short term cuts here.

In any case, do you think you need that many tanks?

I mean, we have some 350 tanks and we certainly don't need that many. I can see how some might be useful to defend our territories in Northen Africa but other than that...
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:08 PM   #4
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when the Belgians come calling your gonna be fucked
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:38 PM   #5
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Or instead, you could switch JSF for Gripen and save $4 billion. But I guess your government is talking short term cuts here.

In any case, do you think you need that many tanks?

I mean, we have some 350 tanks and we certainly don't need that many. I can see how some might be useful to defend our territories in Northen Africa but other than that...
Personally yes I thinking we do need those tanks. The smaller the nation the harder it should be able to fight for it's sovereignty, it's people territories/people over sea and allies. We are a small nation in which the majority of the population has little or no pride and yet we have so much to lose.. We might not need them now but who knows where we are in 10 years from now? I personally would not want to count on Europe or NATO for our defence.. Knowing the beurocracy here, a nuclear war needs to break out before they even start to negotiate.. Ofcourse I am exaggerating but you get the point.
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Looking at your neighbours, I just don't see who would threaten your sovereignity, even in a distant future.
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Lol the belgians usually end up buying our 'outdated crap' plus they can barely keep their own country together :P I like the idea of an independent Flanders though... My country and Flanders could cooperate on many levels.. If the flemish would chose to voluntarily merge our two countries I would support that as well.. We're practically the same people... Except their country is more boring.. Eh theblue?
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Looking at your neighbours, I just don't see who would threaten your sovereignity, even in a distant future.
I would agree but I get a dejavu when I compare the situation the 20's and 30's.. I'd rather be safe than sorry, sorry.
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:50 PM   #9
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Thursday 17 March 2011

The Netherlands may soon have an army without tanks, the AD reports on Thursday.


The paper says the defence minister is considering getting rid of all 80 tanks as part of measures to cut spending.

The two tank divisions were originally set up to protect the Netherlands from attack from communist states but are now used in foreign peacekeeping missions.

A number of transport helicopters could also be scrapped to save money, the paper says, quoting defence ministry sources.
Yes sell it all, and change name to Little turkey :P your army is useless. Next war we will see the dutch forces charge on bicycles.
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i would agree but i get a dejavu when i compare the situation the 20's and 30's.. I'd rather be safe than sorry, sorry.
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