Tell me another place on earth were the vast majority of its inhabitants went from tribal life in the village (including anthropophagy) to modern day citizens in the lapse of just over 40 years ?
Ummm the most populous on the planet... China. They were living the way they had been for centuries until 1911 lead by Dr. Sun Yat-Sen out of the imperial age to the modern age (on paper) over the 30+ years the place exploded in commerce and civic advancement, exceeding what was accomplished in all of Africa at the time (and today) all without colonialism.
And you are completely wrong about the police or other armed forces.
There was only an embryonic municipal police in the largest city, the rest was the Force Publique, of which only the officers were whites. All NCOs, with the only exception of some specialists, were natives and of course all soldiers.
Note that Belgium never had an empire like the French and British and that there was never more than a couple of hundred thousands in a country 80x its own size. Léopold II before his death obliged the parliament to accept Congo as his legacy (true) and independence was given without a war and within months of the first claims. Idiots we were...
Yeah... and we see how well that's working at this very minute in Iraq. If the US bails now, or even 6 months from now, that place will collapse like a wet cardboard box!
From its birth as a single entity (1830), Belgium has been a country of consensus (with proportional representation in parliament, no single party being able to lead, 2 communities, 3 regions). That is not a recipe for the kind of powerful leadership that would have been needed by a strong colonial power.
That's nice, so are a lotta things 'on paper.'
And yes, under the principle of meritocracy, we were all equals.
The difference in the field being that the whites were occupying the top positions almost across the board, not so much because of their color but because they had the required expertise and leadership, and you know what, it was working terribly well. Ask the Brits and the Americans how much did Congo contribute to the war effort.
I leave you to Hollywood, 36mm never lies.
And I'll leave you with illegal drugs you're obviously hording. No, belgians and rwandans were not equal. You weren't there and neither was I. But one things for sure if the relationship was egalitarianistic as you try to portray it... the belgians should have been the 1st ones there to 'help out' there 'EQUALS' former friends.
But they weren't.
Your view of Belgian Occupation:
Belgians arrive: Hi we're the Belgians, we're here to bring your 'civilization' and from the age old tribal-life into the industrial age.
"We won't stay long." (the africans -hearing how other nations were savagely beaten into colonialism) welcomes the Belgians with open arms.
"We'll build schools, hospitals, roads, shops, country clubs and adminstration bldgs for all to enjoy. But we need the best land tracts to accomplish this."
"We'll build a police force, but we'll be in charge and you guys do as we say."
"Is that fair?"
Natives: Oh sure, come on in, we'll gladly move our homes to the shittier sections of the country, we'll be happen to do your laundry, wash your feet, fan you when you're too hot and serve you tea at the Polo Lounge."
No one had reached (or cared to bother) the Rwanda/Burundi areas.. so not to be left out the Belgians seized what's left..
BLAM!!! BLAM!! BLAM!!!
Belgians: Anyone have any questions? We're here and we aren't leaving until we're damn good and ready!
"You people are now subjects of the Belgian Crown. Well not really 'subjects because that would grant you citizenship...' Let's just say 'we're in charge' and you'll do as we say....or else!"
After seeing bodies strewn about... the natives submit.
"We're in-charge, you people all pick and move... anywhere but here.. we need the nice fertile area for our farms,plantations and townships.... wait.. we need you guys to build them.. but you can't live here!"
"You are to honor our king/queen and worship our gods... out with the heathen ways"
"If you see a white person you are to step aside."
Political Winds of Change blows in (plus the UN is about be formed).
The Belgians: "Guys' it's been nice.. but we gotta run.. we've raped the country of all that it's worthy, so why stick around? (an attack of guilty conscious kicks in..) Plus everyone else is doing it." Here is where 'Plan B' would have been extremely handy!
"we've left you guys a few cops, a few troops and adminstrative clerks who'll know what to do... best of luck"
Simple, try to find a native who is over 55 years old and ask him
Wrong! Dead wrong, a 55 year-old is born after the fact.. someone who witness the invasion as an accurate source of feelings of the era.
In the 1930s, many american ex-slaves were interviewed... and just like your suggested 55 year-old... a surprising number of them longed for the return to slave life... they had never been re-educated in preparation for the life of a citizen. All they could think about was their stomachs and where they'd get their next meal. Society had no use for them any longer.
Whom would you rather speak with someone taken from freedom and sold into slavery or someone born within the system and never knew freedom??? Don't answer that.... you already did.
Yes, leave me to Hollywood... and I'll leave you to Follywood or Foggywood because you're making no kind of sense whatsoever with dreams of a elegant colonial occupation that all sides agreed as harmonious! That's one for the books!
"Home of the Brave, made by the Slaves..Land of the Free, if you look like me.." T. Jefferson