Congo / Zaire

1. 30th of Aug. 2008 around midnigth – this broadcast really was NOT FOR CHILDREN! – German Phoenix TV brought a historical sketch on Congo / Zaire. And I suddenly remembered the time of my 4th class or so in the 1960s, when even schoolboys somewhere in rural Northern Germany heard something about Lumumba, Moise Tshombe and Catanga.

2. What I at that time did not hear, Phoenix TV now added:
CONGO IS ONE OF THE MOST UGLY STORIES in colonialism EVER.
They in Phoenix TV reported, that around 1921 it was estimated, that HALF of Congo population was eliminated, meaning something MORE THAN 10 million dead during the WORST times of the PERSONAL RULE of King Leopold II. of Belgium over Congo. This however does not mean, that afterwards things improved very much. It seems that an overall DECIMATION of CONGO-population ALWAYS since start of Belgium rule was near to 50 %, resulting today in an average statistical age of UNDER 30 years – one of the YOUNGEST populations ever known, but, as said before, not from NATURAL reasons, but from MANMADE reasons we NORMALLY would call GENOCIDE, and not only genocide, but GENOCIDE IN A SELDOM SEEN EFFECTIVITY!

3. The real surprise however is: The Belgium public was held unaware of these incredible CRUEL facts – and Belgium in spite of all the political rhetorics in WESTERN EUROPEAN IDEALS in late 20th century NEVER WAS HELD RESPONSIBLE! Phoenix TV delivered the following reasons: At around 1928, as Cango was handed over to the Belgium state, Leopold II. DESTROYED ALL ARCHIVES relating to the DECENNIA of his personal rule and after that to TODAY NO BELGIUM ARCHIVE WILL ANSWER ANY RESEARCH REQUEST ON THE SUBJECT OF CONGO! What we know until around 1928 indeed is from PERSONAL INITIATIVE of FEW writers, that collected for instance those SHOCKING FOTOS with CUT OFF HANDS and others. At around the same time the well experienced BRITISH made an independet inquiry, that however was not published in full, but was sufficient shocking even to the British scientific and political staff for Colonial affairs, causing a DEEP BRITSH RESENT FOR THE BELGIUM COLONIAL APPROACH!

4. A special case within this TRAGEDY of Congo would be the MURDER of Mr. Lumumba, first DEMOCRATICAL elected president after decolonization in the 1960s. During times of cold war it was easy to build a story of some “communist links” around Mr. Lumumba. But truth seems to be, that the RICHES of Congo led Mr. Eisenhower to the conviction, that Mr. Lumumba had to be deinstalled. How? By very easy manoevres like the CIA and Belgium Secret Services to be sent in and to replace him by Mr. Mobutu, who was a FURY upon his people and eventually EXPELLED himself, but not without going with him PERSONAL RICHES, that reached MYTHICAL – that is: not quite from this world – amount, which of course only was PART OF THE TOTAL AMOUNT DRAWN OUT OF CONGO WITH COLLABORATION OF Mr. Mobutu!

5. We may say: THE RICHES OF CONGO in RAW MATERIALS ARE THE CURSE of the country – which SHOULD NOT BE SO!
And we may say: THERE IS NOT AT ALL ANY INTERESET IN BUILDING SOME SORT OF STABLE STATE, STABLE SOCIETY AND CIVILIZATION IN CONGO – so long the EXPLOITATION of its NATURAL RICHES on behalf of the socalled “developed industrial countries” from Europe and the U.S. is going on! For this latter may be taken as proof present day situation in Congo, which has become PLAYGROUND of SEVERAL AFRICAN STATES, which AGAINST EVERY INTERNATIONAL LAW are entertaining there OWN MILITARY INSTALLATIONS: ANGOLA, NAMIBIA, RUANDA, UGANDA, SOUTH-AFRICA. There is a SECOND PARASITE ORGANIZATION LEVEL in Congo which has been discarded by an UN committee in the late 20th century, that is: appr. 150 companies operating there IN SPITE OF ALL THE UNNATURAL DISTURBANCES PROFITABLE, we may say: VERY PROFITABLE INDEED.

6. Is there any prospect for a better future for Congo?
So far we got the impression from Pheonix TV: NO!
And one of the reasons is, that they TODAY are digging there for a special – even slightly radioactive – metal for use in HANDY-industries worldwide, a metal, Congo is holding 70 % of all known reserves worldwide.

7. Is there anything, that we may learn from Congo? Perhaps this:

7.1 Congo is the DESASTER of ALL SOCALLED WESTERN IDEALS OF THE WHITE RACE, turning them into a CAMOUFLAGE for SIMPLE RAPE ON SUCH SCALE, that WILD BEAST would be ASHAMED – and NEVER do!

7.2 Congo is cause for the upcoming of a NEW PROVERB! We today say, if we mean VERY HARD and UNNATURAL HARD WORK: “He is working like a NIGGER!”

7.3 DO NOT TRUST WHITE POLITICAL RHETORICS WITHOUT CHECKING THEM, telling the world something about “better democratical system” or “human rights” – Congo and human rights: THAT FROM HISTORY IS SATANIC ZYNISM – because exactly those telling that, in Congo did not even hesitate to give way to – what they calculated – as MORE IMPORTANT ECONOMICAL REASONS for just short term profits!

7.4 It would be VERY REASONABLE, if as HISTORICAL SIDE EFFECT we in near future would see the WHITE RACE EXPELLED FROM THE WHOLE OF BLACK AFRICA, ESPECIALLY because of EXPERIENCE FROM CONGO!
(Don’t relax too early, because nobody knows, how the Chinese will be …)

7.5 Phoenix TV did not deal in special with development assitance policy in Congo, normally “sold” as “very progressive”, but we may add here some insight from a VERY CONSIDERATE observer, we found somewhere:
THE BEST WOULD BE FOR CONGO AND AFRICA, IF THE WHITE WOULD STOP AT ONCE ALL DEVELOPEMENT ASSISSTANCE ACTIVITIES – because the hope is, that within only 10 years Africa FROM WITHIN may RECOVER, meaning that in millennia of old age Africa may have learned enough, TO TAKE ITS FATE INTO OWN HANDS, even – as may be added – NOT CONTRADICTORY to principles of international law, and within that especially the “right for SELF DETERMINATION”!!

8. Normal newspaper readers hardly would believe: EVERY DOLLAR SPENT IN DEVELOPEMENT ASSISTANCE IS GENERATING APPR. 7 DOLLARS for the “GIVING countries” in return, which under every aspect we normally would call A REALLY GOOD BUSINESS with 600 % PROFIT INDEED – but which NEVER could be named anything near to “help among friends” or “selfless loving in the ways of Christian teachings”!

9. To be HONEST, although we here tried VERY hard, to avoid BLOODY DETAILS of EXTREME CRUELTY: To me as German, whos family escaped the dictators from right and left somehow, it seems, that CONGO should be compared with STALIN, MAO and HITLER – who TEACHED THE WORLD, HOW TO KILL PEOPLES IN APPLYING SPECIAL ORGANIZED METHODS OF LABOR, that is: labor in the special form of “progressive” 20th century, that was BEYOND ANY SLAVERY SEEN IN 2000 YEARS BEFORE!!!
In other words: If you don’t know, how to kill not only people but POPULATIONS, try labor-methods they had applied and – to some extent – are applying in Congo!

Final:
Why to recall all these troubles around Congo, although everybody knows, what history REALLY is like?
Well, THIS PHOENIX TV WAS SHOCK BEYOND NORMAL PERSONAL BEWILDERMENT!
And if we cannot change the world, we at least can confess, that we helplessly were in OUTRAGE, so that SOMEBODY – wasn’t there a rumor about a blessing God in Christianity? – BEYOND THE HUMAN RACE MAY SET THINGS RIGHT – even if that would mean APOCALYPSE (or Doomsday) with JUDGEMENT and PUNISHMENT – but with the PROMISE for a BRIGHTER afterwards as well!

Is there any PRACTICAL conclusion at hand?
Perhaps this:
BELGIUM IS BECAUSE OF CONGO POISONED SOIL and NOT THE RIGHT SOIL FOR THE GROWING OF A HUMANLIKE UNITED EUROPE and DOES NOT DESERVE the honor to be CENTER OF ANY NATO or EUROPEAN Bureaucracy!
Really don’t know, but perhaps it would be a BETTER idea to be given the European Central Administrations to Austria – or even POLAND???!!!

Follow uo 04.09.2008
In my favorite Greek “Kafenion” a guy from the mathematics suggested to add from his readings in GERMAN colonial history the following:
a) Extinction-rate in Herero-uprising in German South-West-Africa – today: Namibia – was 70%! (Before 1914, World War I.)
b) Overall “NORMAL” death-rate from WORK on farms in German Kamerun and Tansania was 30% per month!
c) German “Reichstag” (parliament) in the 1890th released a LAW, thought at that time VERY HUMANLIKE PROGRESSIVE, to RESTRICT PUNISHMENT of BEATING PEOPLE with SPECIAL WHIPS to 75 beats maximum. This can be compared with Phoenix TV reporting from Belgian Congo, that THERE from experience 25 beats with special whip there in use led to loosing conciousness and 100 beats where considered enough to kill everybody, even the strongest – but most died long before the count of beats had reached the 100!
d) Famous progressive physician Robert Koch is said to have had plans for experiments with LIVING HUMAN SUBJECTS in the field of pandemic disease, which would have included HEAVY LOSSES OF LIFE …
e) “Labor Camp” and “Concentration Camp” is NOT an invention by Hitler and Stalin, which latter only transposed this method to INDUSTRIAL, SYSTEMATIC SCALE, but which was first tried during colonialism by GERMANS and the BRITISH in black Africa.

How we put it or compare it:
THESE METHODS OF LABOR APPLIED DURING COLONIALISM SIMPLY ARE INSANE BY NATURE and if seen under economical aspect perhaps were applied to CREATE DEADLY MAXIMUM DIFFRENCES TO PRODUCE INSANE PROFITS – BEYOND ANY MORALS!

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- *1953 in Bremen / Germany - since decennia in Neuss / Germany - classical composer (registered since 2005) - scientific freelance writer - registered to German National Library "Deutsche Bibliothek", search "Bruno Buike", with 246 items in 2013 1996-97 - 5000 qm Rekultivierung Obstwiese mit Kleintierhaltung 2004/05 - 3 Wochen Gartenpflege in einem orthodoxen Kloster in Deutschland 2009 - 3 Wochen Katastrophenhilfe Einsturz des Kölner Stadtarchivs 2011 - journey to Przemysl/Poland - and learning of basic Polish vocabulary and reading/pronounciation 2013 University of Tokyo - Conditions of war and peace - Coursera - Certificate 2013, December - after 15 years in mainly Russian-orthodox and Greek-orthodox affairs return to Roman-Catholic church 2014 National University of Singapur, Conservatory - Write like Mozart. Introduction to classical composition - Coursera Certifikate "with distinction"
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