Venezuela vs. the Netherlands

We’re not talking soccer here.

Look at a map of Venezuela, and you’ll notice several small islands hugging the northwest coast, notably Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire. These islands belong to the Netherlands. James Dunnigan examines the match-up between the Venezuelan and Dutch militaries, should Hugo Chavez make a move to grab the islands.

His conclusion: “The Dutch problem can best be described with the words ‘not enough.'” Not enough army, navy, air power, or logistics to prevent a takeover, or to retake the islands if lost.

Unless, of course, friends of the Dutch in NATO offer their services.

UPDATE: Officially, Aruba is no longer part of the Netherlands Antilles, but an autonomous member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. However, the Dutch are still responsible for its defense.


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