Sympathising with Belgium

  • Alan James


In the initial stages of the Congo crisis, Britain’s policy was partly shaped by her sympathy for Belgium. For that state reacted to events in her former colony in a manner which Britain found entirely explicable — indeed, commendable. Belgium’s blinkered colonial policy may well have contributed significantly to her subsequent troubles. Of that Britain was not in doubt. Nonetheless it was hard, in Britain’s view, to see how else Belgium could honourably have responded to what transpired in the Congo following the grant of independence. And yet Belgium was assailed from almost all sides for her pains. She thus assumed, for Britain, something in the nature of a distant and slightly disreputable relative who suddenly, and unjustifiably, found herself in the dock. Both consanguinity and conscience suggested that Britain should lend a hand.


Security Council Colonial Power North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Security Council Resolution Belgian Citizen 
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© Alan James 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan James
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  1. 1.Keele UniversityUK

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