Attack on Dutch Royal Family


This is an event I still cannot comprehend. An unemployed Dutchman, who has been identified as Karst Tates, used one of the most joyous days in the Dutch calendar to make an assassination attempt on the Royal Family at a parade in Apeldoorn.

He failed by 15 metres, but succeeded in killing six bystanders in his efforts to drive a car at 70 m.p.h. into the Royal bus.

The precise motivations and pathopsychology of Tates will be identified and gone over with a fine-tooth comb over the coming weeks. My gut reaction, however, is that as with family annihilators – suicidal men who insist on killing their entire families – with no ‘meaning’ in life, he sought it in death regardless of who was affected. A profoundly selfish act.

Likewise, the unifying concept of Queens Day in the Netherlands, as well as the tangible political power held by Queen Beatrix and the high popularity ratings of the Royal Family is held in by the Dutch public: to the extent that this was a commemoration of the Queen Bee’s mother’s birthday. In the mainstream foreign media, at least, the image of the Netherlands has moved from one of relaxed permissiveness to an atomization of society characterised by the political assassination of Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh (who appears to have previously been threatened with seriously injury or death by the odious Belgian citizen, Djad Abou Jahjah, now excluded from the U.K.), as well as the racial arson of Geert Wilders (whose commitment to anti-fascist hasn’t prevented him from consorting with the Belgian Vlaams Belang) or the spectacular ineptitude of Rita Verdonk in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Queens Day, which should have been remembered differently was a reminder of a more genteel time; and one, judging by the photographs, was attended by Dutch residents of all creeds and hues. Now the small village feel of it may be at genuine risk, and this is what Tates will be remembered for.

I recall the sense of gut-wrenching horror I felt at the attempted ram-attack on Glasgow Airport, especially in the knowledge that Edinburgh Waverly, where I had been that day, could so easily have been the target. I assume across the Netherlands, people were thinking the same.


2 Responses to “Attack on Dutch Royal Family”

  1. Marcel van Baaren Says:

    Hi, thanks for your post on my blog on the Queens day accident! It is true, it is horror. I have been thinking of it all the time the past few days. How horrible it was. It has been an attack ok, on the queen, but it was an attack on everybody. I could have taken my mom to go and wave to the queen, or take my sister and her kids. It could have happened to the mayority of the people, it is such a joyfull event Queens day. And then this.
    But we have to live with it. It has been a lonely frustrated sick person and it was without reason for he had no gun or bomb…. I feel a sadness, and grief. Hate and distruction is a void, an emptyness, it can only exist by destroing what is good, what is created.

    Well life goes on.

  2. efrafandays Says:

    Hi, Marcel, with a bit of juggling of posts, I moved yours to this new thread.

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