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Dutch Foreign Minister Delivers Angry, Emotional Address to the UN on MH17 Tragedy: VIDEO


Frans Timmermans of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs , addressed the United Nations yesterday over the shooting down of MH17, which had among its 298 passengers 192 Dutch citizens (including one passenger with dual US-Netherlands citizenship).

Timmermans's speech reflected the anger and bewilderment the world is feeling over the incident and its aftermath, along with the emotion. Said Timmermans of the victims:

"Did they lock hands with their loved ones? Did they hold their children close to their hearts? Did they look each other in the eyes one final time in a wordless goodbye? We will never know."


(via mashable - note: Timmermans is misidentified in the CSPAN embed as  Karel J. G. van Oosterom)

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  1. This is Frans Timmermans, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs.

    Posted by: t | Jul 22, 2014 9:21:38 AM

  2. "reflected the anger and bewilderment the world is feeling"

    Oh, poor world. But you wanted a sponge in the White House. And you got one, and KGB is just doing what KGB does.

    Posted by: MIke | Jul 22, 2014 9:24:07 AM

  3. Obama has nothing to do with this, Mammarius. If anything, he's been more vocal about sanctioning Putin than most Rethuglicans. So remember, your beef is with your mother, for not weaning you early enough.

    Posted by: Sergio | Jul 22, 2014 9:29:40 AM

  4. Of course Obama has "nothing to do with this". There was once a time when if Russia shot down a plane and committed atrocities with the dead, a country like Netherlands would have looked to the United States. Now they got KGB Putin and a lady in a dress. But with a Nobel Peace Prize.

    Posted by: MIke | Jul 22, 2014 9:47:37 AM

  5. I think that your political agendas could be placed in a better place then on this story. But its the internet, who cares about respect.

    Posted by: Thatguy | Jul 22, 2014 9:52:54 AM

  6. @ "I think that your political agendas could be placed in a better place then on this story."

    Huh? LGBT people shouldn't care about the mass murder of other people?

    Can you explain your point, please?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 22, 2014 10:00:40 AM

  7. "Respect"? There is none. You have Russia and "Isis" doing as they please. If Israel had elected a community organizer, they'd be underground by now.

    Posted by: MIke | Jul 22, 2014 10:04:47 AM

  8. The Euros are wealthy, capable, and have a far larger population and GDP than Russia, which is an honorary member of the third world, at best. Yet all the Euros can do is talk, and talk somemore. That is because they naively and foolishly have no brut force (military) capable of backing up their words and of confronting in this case, big, scary Russia, minus NATO, and NATO relys to heavily on the U.S. Most Americans are tired of being the world's policeman, tired of our military being over extended, tired of the money it costs, and as far as Europe and NATO, tired of the too often smug, sanctimonious attitude of many of our Euro NATO allies. They should be able to confront and handle Putin without the U.S. (especially U.S. military) playing the dominant role. The Germans in particular need to step up their game. The War ended 70 years ago, time to move on.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 22, 2014 10:10:52 AM

  9. Derrick in Philly, I think "THAT GUY" was directing his comment toward Mike. If so, I agree; have some respect for those lost in the senseless tragedy.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Jul 22, 2014 10:31:24 AM

  10. Why are sanctions being imposed on Russia, yet Israeli terrorism in the Gaza Strip is supported and funded by the USA?

    Double standards much?

    Posted by: MaryM | Jul 22, 2014 10:35:44 AM

  11. @ ACRONYM JIM,


    I didn't understand THATGUY'S comment. I apologize, THATGUY.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 22, 2014 10:39:34 AM

  12. mike

    just a month ago weren't all you repubs fawning over how manly putin was

    the you tube vids are still up showing repub senators, reps, and fox news salivating over putin

    Posted by: Moz's | Jul 22, 2014 10:47:59 AM

  13. here we go

    so no one forgets the republicans were swooning over putin and calling him manly etc

    Posted by: Moz's | Jul 22, 2014 10:50:09 AM

  14. Mammarius is not in a good place today, Moz's. Don't confront him with the facts, because he'll wet himself.

    Posted by: Sergio | Jul 22, 2014 11:15:38 AM

  15. MARYM... no.

    Posted by: StevyD | Jul 22, 2014 11:27:55 AM

  16. Wow, I see the same troll who goes by MIKE, RATBASTARD and MARYM chimed in. But where are his other screen names...RICK, PETEY and TANK? It's not right to leave the other half of the voices in your head, out of this comment thread.

    Posted by: not having it today | Jul 22, 2014 11:37:31 AM

  17. I am ratbastard. I ONLY post as ratbastard. I do not know any of the other posters (assuming it is multiple people or a single troll and/or shill). I AM NOT a 'troll'. Just because you disagree with someone, doesn't make them a troll. My posts are (mostly) respectful, except occassionally when dealing with The Mother of all Trolls, AKA Raymond Miller, AKA Little Kiwi.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 22, 2014 11:51:45 AM

  18. Ooh, maybe Obambi will get tough with the KGB and call him "troll!" Then hike up his skirt and flee.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 22, 2014 12:08:57 PM

  19. I am, it seems the only Dutchman commenting, I am haunted by this tragedy. May a solution be found quickly.

    The empty chair at the meeting? Was Russia absent on purpose or were they asked to not attend?

    Posted by: Will | Jul 22, 2014 12:42:51 PM

  20. I'm assuming the empty seats belong to Russia. Is that correct?

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 22, 2014 12:46:03 PM

  21. Am I the only one that thinks that the jet should not have been flying over the area in the first place. Why was it flying over a war-zone ? Seriously, not to detract from the culpability and involvement of Russia in any way or mitigate the profound tragedy of it all, but wtf. Seriously, wtf.

    Posted by: Pookie | Jul 22, 2014 2:39:54 PM

  22. Why is the USA funding Israeli terrorism?

    Israel is bombing hospitals.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jul 22, 2014 3:53:47 PM

  23. So Mike, you'd rather send US troops to Ukraine and get your country into a 3rd war in a decade? All because EU nations won't step up and a) spend more on their own militaries and b) use harsh, effective sanctions against Russia. You're talking out of your ass. Obama has signed tougher sanctions than any of the EU members thus far have. When Germany, Britian and France do so and start moving troops eastward, come back and byotch. Otherwise you're just some Limbaugh-listening shill.

    Posted by: leprechaunvict | Jul 22, 2014 4:09:50 PM

  24. It's summer, the crickets are chirping, and another stupid right-wing troll wonders into Towleroad. Yawn. In a day or so they will realize they aren't going to get any traction here, and will be back at worldnutdaily, andrew dumbbart, or wherever they came from.

    FWIW I've never thought Ratbastard's online voice was like anyone else's.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Jul 22, 2014 10:11:33 PM

  25. I've read through all of the previous posts responding to this video, and must (to my dismay) admit to not understanding most of them, nearly all of them. 'A sponge in the white house'? 'Israeli terrorism'? ' Repub senators'? As the other Dutchman responding: seriously, does everything come to you people through the filter of American politics? I lost a friend on that plane and for that reason am hopelessly biased, but I find Timmerman's speech to reflect my anger and bewilderment indeed. And then to read these petty responses here, that just adds a different flavor of sadness to the mix.

    Posted by: H.J. | Jul 23, 2014 5:20:20 PM

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