Why I chose a gun – Peter van Uhm

Peter van Uhm is the Netherlands’ chief of defense, but that does not mean he is pro-war. In this talk, he explains how his career is one shaped by a love of peace, not a desire for bloodshed — and why we need armies if we want peace.

General Peter van Uhm is the Chief of the Netherlands Defence staff.
General Peter van Uhm is the Chief of the Netherlands Defence staff.
General Petrus J.M. “Peter” van Uhm is a four-star general in the Royal Netherlands Army and the former Chief of the Netherlands Defence Staff. He has had an outstanding career over four decades [forty years] in the Dutch military.
In the Netherlands, he is know from his personal tragedy [(terrible personal event)]. On 18 April 2008, one day after Van Uhm was appointed [selected] Chief Defence Staff, his son First Lieutenant Dennis van Uhm was killed in a roadside bombing in Uruzgan. Van Uhm’s incredibly dignified [gave/given respect to] and human response has astounded [shocked (into silence)] many.

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four decades
personal tragedy
appointed
dignified
astounded
bloodshed

The Netherlands
The Netherlands

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