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Pity the nation

From the sublime, alas to the ridiculous, or perhaps straight from the good to the ugly, without the usual intervening bad:

Yves Leterme, Flemish politician and possible Belgian PM, has decided to say something very, very foolish in an interview with two Flemish newspapers:

"Do you know what RTBF [Radio télévision belge de la communauté française] is also known as? Radio Milles Collines".

RMC was the voice of the Rwandan genocide: "Widely listened to by the general [Rwandan] population, it projected hate propaganda against Tutsis, moderate Hutus, Belgians, and the United Nations mission UNAMIR. It is widely regarded as having played a crucial role in creating the atmosphere of charged racial hostility that allowed the genocide to occur".

Not big, not clever.


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