As much as foreign newspapers make it seem like the Afghan-mandate is the reason for the crisis, there is far more to it. Early this month there was a huge fight over the Iraq-commission, which came up with very tough conclusions about the legal validity of going to war and about the performance of prime minister Balkenende during the decisionmaking process. For Labour this commission was very imporant and they were very upset when Balkenende questioned some of its findings. They made a whole fuss about it and managed to get Balkenende to make a new statement, fully validating the outcome of the commission. However, apparently that was not enough to avert a new crisis over Uruzgan. This is not about whether or not it's smart to stay in Afghanistan or just to abandon the mission, cause not a single argument has been used by Labour to validate its stance. They say it's a matter of principle and want to stay true to their promise two years ago of not renewing the mission. In essence this is about the upcoming local elections and the need for Labour (facing a terrible defeat) to stand for its principles and let the people know they don't give in to everything the Christian-Democrats demand of them. What followed was a rather wreckless move, that was bound to blow up the government. As much as this is generally considered to be a victory for Labour (the Uruzgan-mission is not very popular), I believe that this is going to backfire on them on the long run. People may be opposed to the mission, or find it impossible to be a success.. I'm not sure they are actually in favour of abandoning our allies & the afghan people. Whoever keeps us there isn't gonna be popular, and whoever gets us out will not be popular either. I also doubt this is going to change people's attitude towards the party. It was already seen as opportunistic.. and this symbolic opposition against Uruzgan (not based on any arguments) isn't going to change that. It rather shows Labour does anything to get votes. In the process they may undermine their only positive trait in comparison with the extreme opposition-parties, that of being responsible when it comes to decisionmaking. Next elections are going to be a mess. CDA likely to win, Wilders and anti-Wilders party D'66 struggling for second place. Most likely coalition will be center-right (CDA, D'66, VVD? (liberals)).