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Arms fair in Abu Dhabi/Action of ''War on your doorstep''/Statement of solidarity

by Astrid Essed Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at 2:58 PM

Arms trade is a crime, causing bloody wars and thousands of civilian victims. Therefore I express my solidarity with ''Wars on your doorstep'' for taking action against a Dutch company for planning to attend the arms fair in Abu Dhabi

WAR ON YOUR DOORSTEP/ACTION AGAINST THE NATIONAL

AEROSPACE LABORATORY [NLR] IN

AMSTERDAM/STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY

Revealing a crime is not a crime



SEE ALSO



http://www.astridessed.nl/war-on-your-doorstepaction-against-the-national-aerospace-laboratory-nrl-in-amsterdamstatement-of-solidarity/



Introduction:

Early morning 19th february action Group ''War on your doorstep'' has taken action against the National Aerospace Laboratory, one of fifteen companies from the Netherlands that are planning to take part in one of the largest arms fairs in the world, the largest in the Middle-East, the IDEX [International Defence Exhibition

& Conference]. [1]

The National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR), located in Amsterdam, received lots of red paint on their doorstep and facade, as well as broken windows. [2]

A good action, as far as I am concerned.

And of course it didn't happen ''out of the blue''



BACKGROUND:



The Arms Fair in Abu Dhabi [IDEX], in their own words:



''

IDEX is the only international defence exhibition and conference in the MENA region demonstrating the latest technology across land, sea and air sectors of defence. It is a unique platform to establish and strengthen relationships with government departments, businesses and armed forces throughout the region.'' [3]

In simple language:

To buy and sell all sorts of deadly war weapons, in this case

intended for the Middle Eastern warlords, representatives of

regimes which violate human rights in an already explosive regio, with

many military conflicts. [4]

The Arab regimes however are not only violators of the rights

of their own people,

they also serve Western imperialist interest, being diehard

Western/USA.

But of course there is warcriminal and occupier Israel,

terrorising the Palestinian population,

with Western support [especially American military support][5]

Obviously Dutch Minister of Defence, Hennis Plasschaert,

Dutch companies or which other country, should not

attend the IDEX arms fair, worsening their own co responsibility

for the Middle Eastern humanitarian situation. [6]

But this whole thing goes deeper than the IDEX arms fair in

Abu Dhabi, as War on your doorstep, I and many

others see.

Wherever in the world, an airms fair is bad news, because

a lot of money is made at the cost of bloody conflicts, for

which the civilian population pays the highest price.

See for example Western imperialist wars like Afghanistan

and Iraq, with hundreds of thousand civilian victims. [7]

EPILOGUE

The red paint on the doorstep and facade of the

National Aerospace Laboratory [13] symbolizes the blood,

caused by arms trade, the broken windows symbolize the bombings,

they are responsible for and which cause far more than

material damage. [8]

HUMAN LIVES.



DOWN WITH ARMS FAIRS, WHICH EARN THEIR BIG MONEY

WITH WARCRIMES AGAINST CIVILIANS ALL OVER THE WORLD.

See my Statement of solidarity below the Notes.

Astrid Essed

Amsterdam

The Netherlands



NOTES



[1]



INDYMEDIA.NL

WAR ON YOUR DOORSTEP: ACTION AGAINST NLR IN AMSTERDAM

https://www.indymedia.nl/node/26555



THE NATIONAL AEROSPACE LABORATORY

http://www.nlr.nl/



INTERNATIONAL DEFENCE EXHIBITION & CONFERENCE

http://www.idexuae.ae/



[2]



INDYMEDIA.NL

WAR ON YOUR DOORSTEP: ACTION AGAINST NLR IN AMSTERDAM

https://www.indymedia.nl/node/26555



[3]



''

IDEX is the only international defence exhibition and conference in the MENA region demonstrating the latest technology across land, sea and air sectors of defence. It is a unique platform to establish and strengthen relationships with government departments, businesses and armed forces throughout the region.''

INTERNATIONAL DEFENCE EXHIBITION & CONFERENCE



http://www.idexuae.ae/page.cfm/Link=20/t=m/goSection=1_22



[4]



ARMS FAIR SEASON

STOP WAPENHANDEL

[DUTCH FOR ''STOP ARMS TRADE'']

http://www.stopwapenhandel.org/node/1687



[5]



HAARETZ

US MILITARY AID TO ISRAEL EXCEEDS

$ 100 BILLION

18 AUGUST 2014



http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.611001



[6]



ARMS FAIR SEASON

STOP WAPENHANDEL

[DUTCH FOR ''STOP ARMS TRADE'']

http://www.stopwapenhandel.org/node/1687



[7]



AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

AFGHANISTAN: NO JUSTICE FOR THOUSANDS

OF CIVILIANS KILLED IN US/NATO OPERATIONS

11 AUGUST 2014



http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/afghanistan-no-justice-thousands-civilians-killed-usnato-operations-2014-08-11

IRAQ BODY COUNT

CIVILIAN DEATHS IN ''NOBLE'' IRAQ MISSION

PASS 10,000

https://www.iraqbodycount.org/analysis/beyond/ten-thousand/



[8]



INDYMEDIA.NL

WAR ON YOUR DOORSTEP: ACTION AGAINST NLR IN AMSTERDAM

https://www.indymedia.nl/node/26555



THE NATIONAL AEROSPACE LABORATORY

http://www.nlr.nl/





STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY TO ''WAR ON YOUR DOORSTEP''

Hereby I express my solidarity with the courageous action

of ''War on your doorstep'' , which attacked the National

Aerospace Laboratory on early morning on 19th february with

red paint and broke several windows.

WELL DONE, WAR ON YOUR DOORSTEP!

Because NLR presents itself as an innocent centre of

research for civil aerospace [1]

In reality they are working for the Dutch ministry

of Defence [2], for example by development of software tool [3]

So they are involved in the development of war tools, which cause

civilian victims bu Dutch cooperation with Western imerialist wars

under the pretext of ''humanitarian missions''

But NLR has more on his conscience!

They participate in the IDEX arns fair in Abu Dhabi as one of

the 15 Dutch companies, under supervision of the Dutch Ministry of Defence.

So they have blood on their hands, because sellling arms,

or development of military technologies in areas of conflicts

is a crime.

Certainly in a regio with hundred of thousands civilian victims

by Western military support to occupation State Israel

and the Western imperialist wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

And arms trade dealing with Arab regimes, which violate

human rights is a dirty business.

NLR has deserved the red paint on their doorstep, as

the broken windows.

Red paint for the blood on their hands.

Broken windows to symbolize the bombings that they make themselves responsible for.

DOWN WITH ARMS FAIRS THAT EARN BIG MONEY

ON THE BACK OF HUNDRED OF THOUSANDS

CIVILIAN VICTIMS!

DOWN WITH THE ARMS TRADERS!

SOLIDARITY WITH THE INNOCENT VICTIMS OF

WAR AND DESTRUCTION.



TO A WORLD OF JUSTICE!

Astrid Essed

Amsterdam

The Netherlands



[1]



MISSION

''NLR’s mission is to increase the sustainability, safety and efficiency of air transport.

NLR is the Dutch knowledge enterprise for identifying, developing and applying advanced technological knowledge in the area of aerospace. Our activities are relevant to society, market-oriented and carried out on a non-profit basis. We thus strengthen the innovativeness, competitiveness and effectiveness of government and business. ''

MISSION AND STRATEGY

NLR

http://www.nlr.nl/who-we-are/mission-and-strategy/index.html



[2]



''Are you an industry, OEM, (lower tier) supplier, looking for support in requirements generation or analysis, (from lower TRL-level) technology development, test and verification, qualification or certification for your products or services? Or do you need assistance in sustainment, logistics, obsolescence or health management, MRO, technology insertion, (embedded) training, simulation or C4ISR? Are you a supplier for NH-90, JSF, F-16, Chinook, Apache or UAS systems? Are you dealing with issues involving composites, nano technology, multi-sensor data fusion, situation assessment, decision superiority, systems engineering, real-time software engineering, secure collaboration, NCW or cyber defence, asset management, PBL, PHM/CBM, whole life cycle (environmental) analyses, cost models, or end-of-life solutions? In all of these cases we might be able to help you.''



DEFENCE AND SECURITY INDUSTRY

NLR



http://www.nlr.nl/capabilities/defence-and-security-industry/index.html



[3]



''NLR has developed a software tool – Life Cycle Management (Tools4LCM) – for the Dutch Ministry of Defence. The tool provides insights into the factors that contribute to the availability of military equipment, allowing the Ministry to gain valuable insights into the performance of maintenance organisations, the availability of weapon systems, and the related costs.

The two-year programme, in which the NLDA (Netherlands Defence Academy) also participated, was recently completed, providing a ‘demonstrator’ that will remain accessible for additional one year.

A large amount of data is collected during the lifespan of military systems, including for example information about component failures, the time needed to carry out repairs, and the associated costs, as well as information about whether a platform, such as the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s F-16 fighter jets, is deployable. Such data therefore contains a wealth of information, which in theory can be extracted in order to determine what errors were made and what subsequently can be done to correct them. The needed support for conducting in-depth analysis was however delayed until Tools4LCM was developed.''



TOOL FOR MORE DYNAMIC LIFE CYCLE MANAGEMENT

NLR

http://wp.nlr.nl/en/2015/02/05/tool-voor-dynamischer-life-cycle-management/

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