Saturday morning, getting up and reading the news. The Netherlands is officially without government, the coalition collapsed last night. After long debates the parties governing our country could not agree on the role of The Netherlands in NATO’s Afghanistan mission. The labour party withdrew from the coalition, with that action officially ending the fourth coalition headed by Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende. What surprised me though is the fact that in every occurrence in Dutch press Today it seemed important to find someone to blame for the fall of the coalition. In almost all articles politicians, asked for the question who to blame, would not want to go into answering that question and rightfully so.
It made me wonder Today: Is it really that important to look back and blame someone for what happened? In situations like this there is not one single person or political party to blame, it is the concurrence of circumstances and opinions that led to fall of the coalition. Why o why seem we always to be driven to find someone to blame, let’s instead keep up the positive attitude, learn from what happened and make the best of the situation we have. We need to move forward, that’s where we are heading to, that’s where our future is. We will be unable to change the past, nor will we create any results from finding someone to blame for the past.
The same applies to alliances, in fact also a coalition governing a country is a kind of an alliance. Also in alliances we need to focus on the results we want to achieve rather than finding someone to blame for the mistakes we made. Let’s learn from these mistakes instead and use those lessons in our journey into a positive future!