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July 28 2010 at 5:27 AM
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Felix  (no login)

Response to General MacArthur; Admiral Helfrich

Whille I agree somewhat with both Tom as well as Nelson. Helfrich was respected by the officer corps as well as policians, and most importantly at the time by the monarch. Helfrich was a very political operator (as was Furstner) and out to become a post war Minister of Navy/War. Do not forget that it was Prince Bernhart and Helfrich who founded the Bilderberg Group. He was certainly ruthless enough to order any ship into action to further the cause.

As to the naming of ships in the netherlands navy, we dont name ships afters monachs, politicians or just any fleet commander. The commander had to have been in a successful battle or have died a heroes death in any battle. Doorman would make the cut, Helfrich and Furstner dont. There are however a hell of a lot streets in dutch cities named after Helfrich.

Lets not forget the cultural barriers. Helfrich was Dutch Colonial. That means that he's direct and volatile. A trait that he shares with the entire family. Dutch people dealing with US, UK & AUS people are always considered direct and aggressive. Add heated passion to it and you have a juggernaut. Dutch people ring the bell at the front door and deal with problems head-on. Any adversary therefore has to be confronted frontally, win or lose. Helfrich kicked the front door open and Hart out the back. These are admiriable qualities for many Dutch but especially in nay and seafaring circles.

Helfrich just didnt like any novices in his pond. Hart, Layton and Philips had no local knowledge and Wavell & co were too eager to sacrifice the NEI for their countries respective post-war politics. None of his "allies" had the problem of families, businesses, and homes in the NEI or in any of their own colonies. Helfrich's fanatism stemmed from the fact that he would have to live through occupation, knowing that the enemy had control over home and family. Certainly he would have wanted command of the Strike Force but he had probably put down Wavell, Hart and Layton one time too many. It was probably too easy and hard to resist.

I dont pretend to be a historian and of course am biased, Helfich is related and blood is blood. However, no dutchman will ever get a fair shake in the english language press, so i have to remain vigilant.

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