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The Netherlands, a Nation in Mourning
but Mindful of Ties to Russia

New York Times, by Thomas Erdbrink

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Posted By:JoniTx, 7/19/2014 9:33:03 AM

AMSTERDAM — Flags flew at half-staff Friday in this small but extremely international country, one that is accustomed to standing on the forefront of global cultural debates over such things as gay rights, euthanasia and marijuana policies. But on Thursday, after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the Netherlands found itself thrust squarely into an unaccustomed role at the center of the realpolitik of the conflict in Ukraine. It seemed as if everyone in the Netherlands, a country of 16 million people, knew someone among the 189 Dutch nationals killed in the crash, whether personally, or as a friend

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: RancherJack, 7/19/2014 10:58:08 AM     (No. 9931529)

Jeebus Crisco .. Hillary Clinton is openly saying this tragedy is the opportunity the EU needs to become independent of Russia´s gas supplies.

Can´t anyone see the power play in motion, here? I´m no Putin fan, but c´mon .. who gains from this? The powers behind Obama or the powers behind Putin?

C´mon ... think ...

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