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  1. Actually it's all quite simple. BF can't give release dates, because they don't know themselves. That's annoying, surprising, etc. but there it is. They are working as quickly as they can, on that we can trust. Let's give them time and relax. They will learn their lessons for the future out of all this, of that I'm also sure. Personally I'm hoping for a release before the end of the year of both modules, but that is not guaranteed, I think. So be it then. Even that won't be the end of the world. In the meantime: The sand of the desert is sodden red,— Red with the wreck of a square that broke; — The Gatling's jammed and the Colonel dead, And the regiment blind with dust and smoke. The river of death has brimmed his banks, And England's far, and Honour a name, But the voice of a schoolboy rallies the ranks: 'Play up! play up! and play the game! ' P.s. Happy Eastern, folks!
  2. Numerals are entirely of Hindu origin actually. Arabs/Muslims took over a lot of their 'wisdom' from the culture of the people they conquered.
  3. We couldn't wish for better Allies. And most Dutch soldiers speak German anyway. And a lot of Germans speak Dutch too, I've noticed. But I have to say one thing. A more independent, stronger and better equipped EU army would be very welcome, but we will always need to remember that we have MUCH more in common with US, Britain and our other present NATO allies than we have with certain other powers. Let's hope the present irritation between these natural allies will disappear if those who cause it also disappear, because nobody is going to benefit from disunity, except our enemies. A lot of propaganda about these days. I sometimes wonder if that also didn't play a role in the Brexit and the alienation between US and Europe. Let's be careful.
  4. For fighters yes. Not for tanks and stuff. Word is that the EU is also planning on more defence projects to keep the money in Europe.
  5. Perhaps the time of amusing the US is coming to an end for Europe. I don't like it, but it feels that way. Times are changing. Let's hope I'm wrong.
  6. I don't think it will really come to integrating armies, but more co-operation between units in a larger multi-national unit. Not ideal, but as I mentioned it works for example with Dutch and German units in one Korps. Same would be possible for example for Finnish and Swedish units, or French and Belgian units. Using the same equipment would also help a lot. And yes, preferably made in Europe.
  7. But as always Russia is lying about the facts, isn't it? https://icds.ee/what-is-hidden-in-russias-military-budget/ And there's also this to consider. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/world/wp/2018/05/02/even-as-fear-of-russia-is-rising-its-military-spending-is-actually-decreasing/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.0d04bee211f3 "This should come as a relief for Europe and for NATO,” said Siemon Wezeman, a senior researcher with SIPRI. “But of course, budget and intentions are distinct. Russia is still strong enough to make a mess out of things.” And we know you guys usualy do. So yes, let's do the math, but let's do it properly.
  8. An EU army won't be like the foreign legion, but much along the lines of the present NATO structure, but more independent from it. It won't be very different from what's already the 1. German-Dutch Army Korps, in which in wartime 50 000 German and Dutch soldiers will be concentrated. And it can act in strictly European interests, without interference from....well, non-Europeans. Europe will be forced to spend much more money on their armed forces, which is what the US wants it to do, isn't it?
  9. Fair enough, Slippy. Point taken. And for what's it worth, I'm an Anglophile, addicted to Six Nations Rugby, Endeavour, Rory Clements and so on and so on. Always was, always will be.
  10. What's so difficult to see? It has been British policy for hundreds of years. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/25/how-britain-negotiated-its-entry-to-the-eec-then-failed-to-play-its-part
  11. On one thing I totally agree with Trump and that is that Europe should take care of it's own safety. With or without NATO. US will more and more concentrate on China and Putin will try to take advantage of that. US will not want to alienate Putin too much and drive him even more in the arms of China. Europe should follow the example of Finland and arm itself to the teeth, but at the same time try to have 'normal' relations with Moscow and Bejing. No more adventures in the Middle East, no more listening to 'his master's voice'. We have enough to worry about in our own backyards, for example the time bomb of the Baltic states, Ukraine and terrorism. I'm not saying we should turn our back on the US though. A good relationship with the US is still vital for the future of Europe. Same goes for Britain of course. We may not like each other, but in the dangerous times ahead everybody will need alies.
  12. Yes, and just how much balls you Brits have, we can every day read in the news...😀
  13. Well said. I don't have any trust in a US led NATO anymore, which is only abused for US interests. With such 'friends' one doesn't need enemies anymore. Perhaps a European army isn't such a bad idea. A new chapter in the book of Europe. Same goes for the Brits. They've never been really interested in Europe, only in how they could weaken it and use it for their own political games. https://www.theweek.co.uk/85860/should-europe-have-its-own-army I'm more and more starting to understand why many Europeans are fed up with such so-called allies.
  14. Britain will find it's way, even after the Brexit. It will still be there and it will still need other countries. But perhaps it won't even come to that.
  15. Six Nation Rugby with dutch commentary. Horror of horrors...What's the EU without Britain?
  16. PEERS: Our lordly style You shall not quench With base canaille! FAIRIES: (That word is French.) PEERS: Distinction ebbs Before a herd Of vulgar plebs! FAIRIES: (A Latin word.) PEERS: 'Twould fill with joy, And madness stark The hoi polloi! FAIRIES: (A Greek remark.) Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (18 November 1836 – 29 May 1911) 🧐 Another Brexit, I guess.
  17. I'm not pessimistic about the future of quality wargames like CM. Look at the amount of serious, new books on ww2 lately. After a long time of copying each other's nonsense, a new generation of historians are publishing books that really add something new to our understanding of war and history. Not for the hoi polloi either, but still enough people who are willing to spend a lot of money on these books. Same goes for CM, I think.
  18. I was indeed wrong about your sexual orientation. My apologies. 🤣 And you did get Rinaldi! He even gave you a Like. How sweet is that! You know what? I will also give you a Like. Little boys like you can use all the support they can get at your age.
  19. Yeah, sounds familiair, doesn't it? Middle ground? Hmm, let me think. Vietnam perhaps? They sure did. But not the first and certainly not the last of your presidents who blundered his way through history. I'm curious whether you can read. I said that the Russians, backing the communist government, had the best chance of stabilizing Afghanistan, especially when the West and Pakistan hadn't interfered. I didn't say it would have been easy or even succesful. I understand the thought of chatting with a woman without having to pay for it, excites you, but no, sorry. 😀
  20. Agreed. But let's not forget the support from the US. Without that no Taliban. Talking about the chicken and the egg... No, we're not just in a thread about the Soviets leaving Afghanistan. We're also in a thread about how difficult it is to stabilize the country. Without the West and Pakistan supporting the Mujahideen the Russians would perhaps have been able to do so. NATO certainly isn't. So the only thing that is weird is your comment. Especially as this discussion really started to heat up after someone said that the Taliban is 'the best bet' for Afghanistan. But perhaps you also agree with that? Quite a few and more than I can remember. See below. Apart from that I spoke to lots of Afghans and other people who where there and know more about it than you and me together. The Wars of Afghanistan: Messianic Terrorism, Tribal Conflicts, and the Failures of Great Powers Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-89 The Great Gamble: The Soviet War in Afghanistan Taliban: The Power of Militant Islam in Afghanistan and Beyond Farewell Kabul: How the West Ignored Pakistan and Lost Afghanistan
  21. PM anwered. 😀 I'm not saying that the Soviets could have prevented the rise of the Taliban, but they were more up to the task than NATO ever was or will be. War against the Taliban has to be completly ruthless in order to achieve victory and the West most certainly is nog capable of that. We're too soft and too sensitive of media and public opinion. So if there ever was a power that could have beaten the Taliban, it would have been the Russians.
  22. Can you please give me your phone number? My wife likes to speak to you. Yes, she's from Afghanistan. Refugee. Same as the rest of her family.
  23. Is this a secret message perhaps? 😛
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