It’s been a very difficult time in the past few days in the Netherlands. Just last week there was immense celebration and euphoria coming off the success of the Dutch National team’s performance in the World Cup. Now, we are experiencing a complete pivot of emotion due to the cowardly attack on flight MH17. This despicable and shameful act of shooting down a passenger plane filled with innocent people. Three of which were infants.
To say we are outraged does not begin to reflect how we feel. But we, and I mean “we” as a collective world community need to go beyond our feelings of mutual outrage. We need to pull together in a concerted effort and act. We need to collectively galvanize our outrage into action against Putin and his criminal regime. We need to let them know that no matter how cowardly, heinous, and dastard their terrorist acts are the peaceful communities of the world will never succumb to their will. And this act only solidifies the resolve of peaceful people of all nations.
When it comes to air travel, the peaceful nations of the world share a bond. A common thread of decency. A reciprocal agreement that we signed onto to secure a sacred trust of passage for one another. It is this sacred trust that allows us to travel safely and freely from country to country without the fear of cowardly acts such as this incident.
So we need to go further and charge them with this crime and if found guilty, isolate these criminals within the self imposed prison of their own making. We need to let them know that there are a thousand lights in the forest, burning brightly and together they, we create a firestorm with such an intense flame it will burn the paws off any bear in it’s path. You will never break us.
Our hearts are with the families at this difficult time.~ZT