- Oct 2013
. I don't buy the distinction between Belgian and the Congo Free State. I see it as a technicality and that's really what it was.
And it's precisely because of that that the connection between Belgium as State with the Free State of Congo was as minimal as possible: Leopold didn't wanted a connection/b]! It would have put his Congo under a control outside of his grip, it could no longer do freely what he wanted.
And btw, the Congo wasn't given by US, UK, France, Germany to Leopold. It was given to what we call today an ONG. An "ONG" that had Leopold behind. Only later he manoeuvred into the proclamation of the Free state of Congo, that "proclaimed" him as chief of state.
Really, You don't have to buy anything from me, there's no need to trust me on anything: it's enough to read a couple of pages of official documents of the time (conference, resolution and the constitutions).
To the Belgian guy defending Belgian's role in Congo
I'm signaling You that You start on a wrong premise. That can't give You a good or plausible analysis.