Protests in the aftermath of Theo van Gogh's murder. This picture to the left is the protest to the murder in Dam Square in Amsterdam, which also included violent attacks on mosques and people perceived as Muslims. The effects on Dutch society included increased spying and labeling by Dutch security services on Muslims and Islamic institutions. We have seen with the aftermath of the MH17 disaster coffins in hearses paraded on highways. The Dutch have very dramatic ways of reacting to perceived national tragedies, including change of culture through perceived national tragedies. Of the air disasters this week - where have the other countries of the victims held a parade of hearses with coffins for civilians (many non-citizens) of an air disaster?
The traumas of national tragedies and Dutch counterproductive reactions to them. NO - Dutch military mission to Ukraine, says Heer Rutte! The best thing Heer Rutte has said so far! MAKE PEACE - and peace (de vrede) is the only way to bring the victims home. We could still see demands for war from a emotionally stirred up Dutch public. First, mass media appear to play a role and that includes leading the emotional Dutch people around by the nose, playing with their emotions. After the murder or "Theo" we saw Dutch citizens who follow Islam made the subject of intense AIVD spying and labeling. We also saw the notion that "allochtoon" and "Dutch" as mutually exclusive, where an "allochtoon" citizen of the Netherlands is not allowed to claim to be truly "Dutch." The counterproductive reactions are now seeing out of traumatized Dutch society are calls for military intervention and calls for the Netherlands to "man up to Russia."
It's predictable that innocent people will be punished (de daders), like Russians living in the Netherlands. It's no wonder there's now calls for war: There has been a plot by Anglo-American conservatives (many very unfriendly to Gay rights and women's rights) to turn the Netherlands into a "conservative country" (This will be argued and demonstrated in another paper.) "Manning up to Russia" indeed!!!
What the Netherlands needs to man up is the invasion of the foreign ideology of Anglo-American Conservatism, which has now manifested into some of its societal institutions.
What is usual about Dutch Trauma Drama:
- The existence of a discourse and narrative before the trauma event;
- elaborate ceremonies, funerals, processions;
- collective punishment, both official and societal, against de dader (offender) group, ex. Leftists and Muslims;
- unnecessary security and other policy reactions ramifications;
- mass media role in steering and stirring up emotions;
- corrosive effects on Dutch society.
There needs to be some "manning up" to the Anglo-American conservative cabal that has now hijacked Dutch society and culture - and now intend to abuse the MH17 tragedy to perhaps undermine Dutch international relations with Russia. The Dutch must maintain international trade with Russia: Capitalist peace really works and the Dutch have demonstrated this with its 400 year trade relationships with the Turks. The Dutch have engaged in international trade for centuries - and it's time for the Netherlands to man up about the foreign ideology that is destroying the old fabrics of Dutch society.
Case studies are in order for each Dutch national trauma event back to 1977 train hijacking. They don't have to be based on Eyerman's work, but can show us the similar discourses, demonized groups and how media coverage weighs in on Dutch discourses on national tragedies.