This article is a translation of "Wordt MH17 ons 9/11? (8) De toespraak van Timmermans in de VN-Veiligheidsraad"
It will soon be a year ago that flight MH17 was downed over the war zone in eastern Ukraine. On 21 July, four days after the disaster, then foreign secretary Frans Timmermans gave a speech in the UN Security Council that brought him widespread acclaim in the Netherlands, including the title Politician of the Year.
The upcoming anniversary prompted film student Joël van Dooren and emeritus professor Kees van der Pijl to provide a commentary on this speech in a video for O҂O (commentary in Dutch) and establish which other aims may have been at play besides the expression of the shock that the drama caused in the Netherlands.
The script and recording of this video are the work of Joël van Dooren.