Mark Rutte and Geert Wilders (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Russavia) - Credit: Mark Rutte and Geert Wilders (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Russavia)
Thursday, 19 November 2015 - 16:50
Dutch PM: Keep living your life, though we are at war with ISIS
Prime Minister Mark Rutte once again called the fight against ISIS a war during the parliamentary debate on the Paris terrorist attacks. But he stressed that citizens of the Netherlands should not let fear rule their lives and should keep making plans and go out on weekends. On his statement that the Netherlands is at war with ISIS, the Prime Minister said "It is the view of the government. A factual observation", according to RTL journalist Fons Lambie, tweeting live from within the debate. He explained that according to the constitution, the Netherlands is not at war with any country or state. And not at war with Islam, but with a "pernicious terrorist organization". That is a "conclusion of fact" and not a legal ruling. The Prime Minister is not in favor of Dutch bombing in Syria, but odes not exclude the possibility that that point will eventually be reached. Rutte's statements lead to PVV Geert Wilders once again submitting a motion of no confidence against the government. According to him, by saying war and doing nothing, the cabinet is making the Netherlands less safe, AD reports. Among other things, he points to "people just entering our country without passports and with all the inherent risks", and returnees from the Syrian war that walk around freely. CDA leader Sybrand Buma called for participating in the bombardment in Syria and better protection of Dutch borders. "If the outside borders are not guarded, the inside borders need more security."