2This is the symbol of Brussels, the capital of tiny Belgium.
3This is Marc Dutroux,another famous Belgian.He was a child rapist.
4While some Belgians like to rape children, others prefer to rape entire countries in Africa.
5This is Leopold II. He used to be the King of Belgium.His colony in Africa, theBelgian Congo, was hispersonal property.
6= He used forced labor on his rubber plantations and Belgian officials to collect the severed hands ofAfricans to keep them afraid of their masters.=
7Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art until March 16th. This is a picture fromBelgian Congo.You can see it at theSmithsonian’s NationalMuseum of African Artuntil March 16th.There’s also a photograph of an African whose hands werechopped off by the Belgians. The New York Times calledit an example of the “ferocity of Belgian rule in particular.”(February 14, 2003, Page E44)
8During World War II,Belgium collaborated withthe Nazis and sent 25,631Belgian Jews to their deathsin concentration camps.This is an ad for Belgiansto sign up with the Nazis.
9This is Patrice Lumumba, and he was the Congo’sfirst leader after itsindependence fromBelgium was won in1960.
10Lumumba made people back in Brussels nervous.A document signed by Belgium’sMinister for Africa, HaroldAspremont Lynden, said:"The main objective to pursue,in the interests of the Congo,Katanga and Belgium, is clearlythe final elimination of Lumumba."
11After being kidnapped, Lumumba was assaulted in the presence of Belgian officers and tortured in a villa guarded by Belgian troops, before being shot by an execution squad supervised by a Belgian captain. His body was exhumed by a Belgian police commissioner, Gerard Soete, and dissolved in acid.(Mr. Soete admitted on Belgian television in 1999 that he had kept two of Lumumba’s teeth.)
12Unfortunately, in the real world Belgium is hardly as sweet and lovely as its chocolates.
13In the area now known asRwanda, the Belgians drovea wedge between the Hutusand the Tutsis, two tribes theyruled.In 1994, the Hutus killed1,000,000 of the Tutsis theBelgians taught them to hate.
14“Belgium's decision to pull out of Rwanda in the early Here’s the result of“Belgium's decision to pullout of Rwanda in the earlydays of the genocide - adecision that consequentlyparalyzed the UN operation”(BBC, 7 June, 2001)
15In response to the genocide in Rwanda, Israel sent a team of 400 doctors and peacekeepers to help easethe suffering in the former Belgian colony.Belgium recently indicted Israel’s Prime Minister,Ariel Sharon, on charges of crimes against humanity.
16In 1982, when Mr. Sharon was Israel’s Defense Minister, Lebanese Phalangist militiamen allied with Israel entered Palestinian camps at Sabra and Shatilaand killed unarmed refugees.An independent commission found the Phalangistmilitiamen solely responsible for the massacres atSabra and Shatila. Not one of the killers hasever been indicted by Belgium.No Belgian official has ever been charged with crimesagainst humanity in a Belgian court for actions in theCongo or for allowing the Rwandan genocide to takeplace.
17This is Louis Michel, Belgium’s foreign Minister, who recently compared Israelis with Nazis.
18If Nazis and Israelis are so similar, then why didn’t Belgium prosecute14 Nazi war criminals whomoved to Belgium after the war,murderers explicitly named in alist sent to the Belgian courts backin 1990?(Jerusalem Post, February 21, 2003)
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