According to the NRC, the Dutch government appeared to be involved in paying ransom to Nigerian pirates. That goes completely against our own ransom policy. a negotiator explains how. And guess what? The Netherlands is struggling to pay ransom for pirates, if necessary employers or relatives of the kidnapped people will pay for it!
In terms of ransom, the Dutch government actually does the same as the VVD with our asylum policy: use hard language and act tough, but in practice just show zero point zero balls. The standard procedure for a pirate hijack seems more like a lot of nagging and hoping that the pirates get tired of the bullshit. In an article by EenVandaag is an example:
“Also in 2009, a Belgian ship with a Dutch captain on board was hijacked by Somali pirates. It took 71 days and 171 telephone calls to release the crew. In addition, a considerable amount of ransom has been paid. ”
The negotiator says that the Dutch government normally does not do business with kidnappers and never pays ransom, because: “If they do, it gives the impression that they are willing to lay down money for the hostages. That is something we do not want, because it will then become more attractive for criminals to hold Dutch citizens hostage. ”
But what do they do? Help build a road or arrange medicine for the community. The government will then probably contribute to companies that have to carry out such projects (or even worse: those companies pay everything out of their own pocket). In any case, it comes down to the same for those pirates: kidnapping Dutch citizens is attractive. The government is more concerned with avoiding the legal consequences for terrorist financing.
Worst of all, the negotiator who spoke to EenVandaag does not seem to be bothered by this weak way of doing things. When asked whether we maintain the hijackers’ earnings model in this way, he replies: “Giving in to the demands of hijackers is not the problem. That’s the instability. The kidnapping industry is being sustained by a bad economy, unreliable governments and malfunctioning legal systems. ”
Yes dude, just give those pirates brand new infrastructure, an internship and enough money, and they will stop automatically!
What a lame hassle. It is high time that soldiers were once again deployed for the safety of our citizens. Don’t negotiate, just shoot straight away. Then they learn quickly enough how unattractive the hijacking of a Dutch ship has become. And ransom? You can take your wife out for dinner to an expensive restaurant if you feel guilty about not filling up the car again. Pirates? They can get a one-way ticket to the eternal treasure caves.
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