Dutch troops going short.

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    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch troops helping earthquake survivors in Pakistan have complained that while they are subject to an alcohol ban, Spanish and British soldiers laugh at their austerity and turn up drunk at their campfire.
    "We were told before we arrived that alcohol was banned in this country or else very difficult to get hold of and we accepted this," one soldier told the Dutch daily De Telegraaf.
    "The Spanish drive around with cars full of Heineken ... and the English laugh at us when they show up at our campfire drunk," another Dutch soldier said.

    A Dutch defense ministry spokesman said it was standard policy to ban alcohol in Muslim countries in line with local custom and Dutch troops were being well looked after.
    "Tens of thousands of people lost their lives in the earthquake and hundreds of thousands lost everything they had," he said. "Going without alcohol is a small sacrifice toward a very good cause."

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  2. Alcohol is freely available in Pakistan to any non-muslim. The government make a huge amount in taxes from the sale of alcohol. Beer is brewed in every state and there is a whisky distillery near Islamabad that makes a passable malt based on Scottish brewing methods.
  3. OldSnowy

    OldSnowy LE Moderator Book Reviewer

    Dutch Soldiers in Iraq were dry, even though most others were not (until they all - except a token couple - were pulled out). They went to the bars, just didn't drink. Same with the Aussies now.
  4. They sure make up for it in Bosnia!! Anyway, would you really want a load of pissed up Ruud Guillet's staggering about asking if your gay....?
  5. Recently visited a Dutch camp. Good lads and very tall. They told me that they have an outright ban on booze on ops because back in the 90s, 800 Muslims got slotted in the Balkans when Dutch 'peacekeepers' were too sozzled to do owt about it. There words, not mine.

    The Dutch get by on Amstel non-boozy beer at %0.1. Not as bad as you'd think. My lads got through three cans a piece and were definitely talking louder by the end of it. I wonder if the rest of the British Army would notice if their beer got switched?
  6. That'll be Srebrenica then, circa 95, when the dutch army guarding the enclave 'surrendered' to the Bosnian Serb Army. They fekked off back to Zagreb, meanwhile virtually every male was taken away and murdered. ''For sure man, this is not in our Rules of Engagement, now pass me some more of that really excellent blow'' (I think my facts are right (apart from the comedy cloggy bit about the blow) as I was there at time - Sarajevo not Srebrenica) Anyway, while the Muslims were being slotted and thrown into a mass grave, our Cloggy friends decided to celebrate their glorious surrender by going on the piss, having a few party games and having a fek off BBQ.

    I think that there were a few red faces among the Dutch Head Sheds when it appeared on the news.

    Please feel free to correct me...... I think Im mostly right.