Holland, the anti-Dirty Harry by mattsteinglass
April 19, 2009, 8:57 am
Filed under: Netherlands, Terrorism

I’m generally very attracted to the Dutch way of life and find many of their social instincts admirable, but this story of the Dutch navy capturing seven Somali pirates, freeing their 20 Yemeni hostages, and then letting the pirates go because Dutch law doesn’t allow them to be held on the high seas seems to me to embody a dysfunctional squeamishness about punishment and force that I think is a real problem in Holland. It’s hard to read this without thinking “Srebrenica”. So, applause to the Dutch Navy for its professionalism and dedication in capturing those guys, and boo to the Dutch legal system for forbidding them from rendering the pirates for trial, which is what should have happened.


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