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January 18 at 09:01 PM

makes a false analogy. King Leopold did indeed use Belgians, and even Canadians. But this does not make Belgians in general complicit; unlike Germany that had a Wehrmacht and a Hitler, all linked with things like oaths of loyalty, there just wasn’t a connection between what the King did and the resources and co-toerapion of Belgians in general (hence the “free” in Congo Free State – it’s like the “franche” in Franche Comte, signifying a disconnect). It makes more sense to blame the USA, as it was the first to recognise the Congo Free State.

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