MH17: The Dutch teach us a lesson in dignity

The first of the coffins belonging to victims of MH17 returned to the Netherlands yesterday so that they can be identified and returned to loved ones.

In the antithesis of the way the bodies were handled in the disputed area of the Ukraine, the Dutch and Australian governments brought the bodies back with a high level of ceremony, almost as if the person in the coffin was a beloved relative of everyone there.

More extraordinary in my view were the scenes of ordinary people lining the motorway from the airfield, lining the sides of the roads and on over passes, several people deep in places as the coffins passed. The cars and trucks on the other side of the road just coming to halt, unprompted and unasked, and displaying their respect.

The Dutch taught us what respect looked like yesterday. (0:36)



  1. I wonder if they will be outraged when they find the bodies were looted of valuables?

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