Tuesday, April 17, 2012

When Colette Braeckman Writes About Victoire Ingabire

When Colette Braeckman talks about Belgian complicity in the Rwandan genocide, as she does today, she reminds me of the Pharisee in the 'Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector':
'Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector'
As a cosmopolitan french-speaking liberal Braeckman obviously thinks not of her own complicity (when she writes of Belgian complicity in Rwandan genocide), or of the complicity of her own political and linguistic family, but of those backward (and xenophobe) flemmish speaking Christian democrats up north. Keep that in mind every time you read Colette Braeckman on Rwanda and Congo. That's why people like Guy Verhofstadt and Tony Busselen agree with her heuristic.

On monday Rwandan politician Victoire Ingabire took the decision to boycott her trial after the court cut short the hearing of a witness for the defence, former FDLR colonel Michel Habimana, who accused Rwandan authorities of rigging evidence against Victoire Ingabire.

Today Colette Braeckman loaded a heavy responsability on herself by launching a well-timed, well-targeted and first (if I'm correct) direct attack against Victoire Ingabire.  As a launchpad for her attack she uses the book 'gêneurs de survivants' written by Dominique Celis, a Kagame supporter who works as a public servant in Liege (largest french-speaking city in Belgium). Colette Braeckman writes today:
'At a time when, in Brussels and elsewhere, Massses are held in the memory of Hutus that allegedly were victimes during the 'second genocide', at a time when revisionists that desire to obscure the crimes of 1994 make alliances against nature with politicians that broke with Kagame for different reaons (among which corruption), this book sets the pendulum of the clock back in  the right place'
The alliance to which she refers is described in Braeckmann's recent blogpost 'Rwanda: les flèches de Théogène Rudasingwa' in which she writes about the links between Victoire Ingabire's UDF-Inkingi and Rudasingwa's RNC. Where is the evidence that UDF-Inkingi wants to obscure the crimes of 1994? I haven't seen it and 'copy-paste' journalist Colette Braeckman has not produced it. Her statement, at this stage, is lazy and pure slander.

The book by Dominique Celis was presented at a PR event march 17 2012 in Brussels which obviously aimed to influence public opinion in favor of the current Rwandan regime. Kagame's regime has a huge network of supporters abroad, I know it and Braeckman knows it. Why did she not mention it? In short Braeckman makes herself 'his masters voice' when she copy-pastes from the gutters of Paul Kagame's propaganda machine ventriloque:
'She suggests in Rwanda the west has lost the right to give lessons to anyone and she is amazed by the credit which is given to political opponent Victoire Ingabire, who openly collaborated with groups of genocidaires and propagates an ideology of the 'majority of the people' which is forbbidden by law'
Someone should write his/her thesis on how Colette Braeckmann used the Rwandan genocide in her stealth campaign against flemmish nationalists and Christian democrats in Belgium. The real country in central Africa and Victoire Ingabire's actual words and ideas play only a minor role in all this.

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