Dutch cabinet collapses in dispute over Afghanistan
The Aghanistan conflict continues to divide opinion, now, in a not unexpected move, Dutch Labour politicians have pulled down the coalition government in the Netherlands.
The desire to pull troops out is understandable, but where does it leave the long term strategic planning of NATO? If they can't deploy forces and determine how long they will remain, they're going to finish up with gaps in their defences, which will have to be plugged.
The Dutch government has collapsed over disagreements within the governing coalition on extending troop deployments in Afghanistan.
After marathon talks, Christian Democratic Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende announced that the Labour Party was quitting the government.
Mr Balkenende has been considering a Nato request for Dutch forces to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2010.
But Labour, the second-largest coalition party, has opposed the move.
Just under 2,000 Dutch service personnel have been serving in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan since 2006, with 21 killed.
Their deployment has already been extended once.
I hope not too many more countries sink to these depths, where cooperation within their own ranks fails so badly. It will do nothing for troop moral or the confidence of front line troops.