A sampling of letters, articles and essays by David
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The Belgian monarchy on trial in national pedophile scandal
March 13, 2004
Pedophiles in high places want to silence procurers of children in Belgium’s “Trial of the Century”
March 24, 2004
Feds fear perpetrator of Oklahoma City bombing will spill the beans
June 9, 2004
Bloated, useless UNO should be reformed from the bottom up
October 2, 2004
On which side of the Belgian pedophile scandal is the Belgian Catholic Church?
September 25, 2005
And now, from the folks who brought you Yadana . . . democracy in Burma?
Maybe they will blow it up, after all.
Make fun of Moses with a cartoon in a newspaper and some people might object.
Make fun of Jesus Christ with a cartoon in a newspaper and some people might be offended.
Make fun of the Buddha with a cartoon in a newspaper and you're asking for it. A lot of people will object. And
there will be hell to pay.
Make fun of the prophet Muhammad with a cartoon in a newspaper and you're really asking for it.
And when you get what you asked for, you'll have only yourself to blame.
Why pretend otherwise?
It just happened again!
In 1956, the British and the French, upset by Egypt's nationization of the Suez Canal, persuaded Israel to join them
in an attack on Egypt to recover it. And so began the 1956 war.
The Soviets were annoyed, called the American president at the time, Eisenhower, and asked him to order the British and
French out. And so he did and that was the end of that. Egypt lost nothing.
Earlier this year, 2013, the Americans, Brits and French were about to do a number on Syria, like their number on
Libya a couple of years back, when the Russians called the Americans and told them that would not be a good idea. The Americans
listened and called the whole thing off. The Brits did the same. The French were left alone to do it but decided to
Wars of Religion, the Crusades . . .
Libya under attack!
What do France, England and the U. S. want in Libya?
a bit of war - a chance to shoot their missiles and do some aerial bombing.
of the Suez Crisis? This time, there is no USSR to press the U.S. to stop England and France.
Who blew up the plane over Lockerbee?
Wasn't the bomb in the suitcase of a DEA agent? Wasn't it sent as unaccompanied baggage to Germany from a third country,
to be placed on any flight to the U. S.?
brought down the Twin Towers? Two planes that crashed into the tops of the buildings? Or cheating contractors and lousy construction?
U. S. knew all along where bin Laden was.
Someone somewhere decided it was time to betray him.
do it now? Why not wait until autumn 2012, just before U. S. presidential elections?
Why not do it in July 2001,
Wasn't the U. S. Navy monitoring cell phone communications in Pakistan? More than likely, it had
been eavesdropping on bin Laden for some time.
The press claimed the "operation" was directed by the Oval Office.
How did it happen? There are many different versions.
One story is that U. S. Navy Seals, flown
in from off-shore, got bin Laden. There were reports of a long, 45-minute floor-to-floor, room-by-room battle.
to the latest reports, however, the White House was only watching the show and it was all over in less than a minute.
Was the U. S. commander in Afghanistan involved? There's no mention of it by the press. Was the CIA station
chief in Pakistan involved? Did he give bin Laden away to the U. S. Navy?
We might read one day that it wasn't bin Laden after all. It was his double.
The World Trade Towers had long been a target of terrorism. So the attacks on 9/11 did not really surprise many people.
Actually, it looked like another stunt. Everyone, including the terrorists, was surprised when the two towers crumbled.
And the attack on the Pentagon had not been anticipated.
What happened on United Airlines 93?
Who was to have been the 20th man on 9/11?
In some ways, the show-trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, a French citizen of Moroccan origin, in the U. S. in 2005 and 2006
recalled the McVey and Nichols cases.
Moussaoui was to be tried as a co-conspirator of 19 Islamic jihadists who hi-jacked four commercial airliners and crashed
them into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D. C., and a farm field in western Pennsylvania
on September 11, 2001.
Moussaoui was arrested before the event. The prosecution contended that Moussaoui was to have been the fifth man of the
hi-jacking team on a fourth plane that crashed, short of its intended target, which remains unknown, in a Pennsylvania farm
field on 9/11. Prosecutors contended that the fourth plane was to have crashed into the Pentagon or White House but because
it was one man short after Moussaoui's arrest the hi-jacking team was unable to carry out its mission properly. Air Force
jets were scrambled to intercept the flight when the hi-jackers, to foil passengers who were trying to overpower them, deliberately
crashed the plane into the farm field.
9/11 left a lot of red faces in the civil service. Throughout the trial it was clear that Washington administration officials,
themselves often accused by the public and the press of (criminal) negligence (and even suspected of complicity) in 9/11,
meant to scapegoat Moussaoui.
But after years of claiming innocence, Moussaoui pleaded guilty in court.
The prosecution then tried to persuade the jury to condemn Moussaoui to death by making repeated emotional references
to the sufferings of the innocent victims of 9/11. But several jurors correctly maintained that it remained unclear to what
extent, if any, Moussaoui was actually involved in the 9/11 plot.
The judge sentenced Moussaoui to life in a maximum security federal prison.
Moussaoui withdrew his guilty plea and asked for a new trial.
After the trial, in May 2006, Osama bin Laden, leader of the army of jihadists to which Moussaoui belonged, denied that
Moussaoui was involved in the 9/11 hi-jackings. Bin Laden said what many believed - that Moussaoui
was pressured by trial officials into claiming that he was with the 9/11 hi-jackers.
According to bin Laden’s army, the twentieth hi-jacker was a Saudi Arabian, Turki bin Fheid al-Muteiri, also known
as Fawaz al-Nashmi. Al-Muteiri could not join the other hi-jackers on 9/11. Al-Muteiri was killed in a gun battle with Saudi
soldiers in Saudi Arabia in 2004.
All that can be really said about Moussaoui is that it appears that he was one of numerous jihadists sent by bin Laden
to the United States but it is unknown what bin Laden meant for him to do.
What purpose Guantanamo?
How is the prison in Guantanamo different from Abu Ghraib?
During WW2, the British lodged captured high German officers and scientists in country mansions. They were well-treated.
They were treated with respect and dignity. They lived as they
wanted. They got together.
And the British listened in to their conversations and sometimes picked up something.
Why not do the same with captured Arab terrorists?
Put them together in a resort, take good care of them, let them do as they like and listen in on their conversations.
There is a better chance of picking up something that way than through deprivation and torture.
June 9, 2004
The Waco Raid and Oklahoma City Bombing
the Feds really want Nichols Dead
The American government committed a serious mistake in executing Timothy McVeigh.
It could make another mistake by executing McVeigh’s partner, Terry Nichols.
McVeigh and Nichols admitted blowing up a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995. They said they had sought revenge for the federal government’s massacre of at least 86
persons, including young children, at the home of the
Branch Dravidian sect, a religious cult, in Waco, Texas in 1993.
There was much controversy surrounding the raid in Waco. Federal
agents burned down an entire building and killed almost
all of its occupants. They insisted
that they were compelled to launch a desperate raid to
prevent the systematic murder of young children by the leaders of the cult. But there were claims that federal agents
were trigger-happy and saw the raid as an opportunity for a turkey shoot.
Some years ago, the CBS weekly news program, “60 minutes”, aired
a documentary that examined the possibility that a federal agent assisted McVeigh and Nichols in preparing the Oklahoma City bomb. The program included interviews with
witnesses who recalled a third man, identified as an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), who helped McVeigh and Nichols procure numerous components of the bomb.
Politicians and the press demanded the death of McVeigh. He was
executed in 2001. They are now demanding
the death of Nichols.
Seldom in the press
today is there any reference to the motive behind the Oklahoma City bombing. Case chronologies begin
conspicuously in 1995.
Given the facts of the matter, what is anyone to conclude about the demands for the executions of McVeigh and Nichols and the general lack of background details in the press? Policiticans and the press appear to be determined to cover up evidence, which McVeigh could have revealed in time, that would implicate another person or persons - possibly federal agents - in the Oklahoma
McVeigh, now dead, will probably never implicate anyone. But Nichols, alive, might do so in time. One day,
he might reveal crucial evidence to
a new generation of politicians and journalists about the complicity of the federal government in the Oklahoma City bombing and, possibly, also its hasty execution of McVeigh.
Sentenced to Life in Prison
An Oklahoma state court jury could not reach a decision on the death penalty.
Thus, on June 11, 2004, the presiding judge sentenced Terry Nichols to 160 consecutive life terms without the possibility
administration officials will go to great lengths to cover up.
July 19, 1996, the US Navy destroyed a
commercial passenger airliner, TWA-800, shooting it down with a missile launched from a naval base on Long Island Sound.
There were dozens
of witnesses to the missile attack.
All 230 persons on
board the plane were killed.
ordered the FBI to investigate the shoot-down and to claim that a technical malfunction onboard caused the the plane to blow
plane’s manufacturer, Boeing, was unfairly blamed for the disaster.
reason or reasons that the navy or the Clinton administration
had for downing the flight remain unclear.
it a case of of a mad naval admiral on Long Island?
the navy trying to blackmail Clinton into restoring its “yacht
club” - recommissioning
many old ships - as
Ronald Reagan had done?
trying to extort money from TWA -
and other airlines? Or was he insane?
Clinton and his defense secretary, Cohen, remain the main suspects in
the downing of the plane and attempts to cover it up.
was somebody on board the plane who Clinton wanted to get rid of?
young model had a reservation on the flight but she did not show up. She was brutally murdered in Canada shortly afterward
and her killer was never apprehended.
she another Monica Lewinsky? Was she the target of the missile attack on the plane? Was she warned not to take the flight
and then killed to keep that from becoming public? Or was her murder a deliberate attempt to mislead the public?
Try to find out about the murder of this model! There is
almost nothing about it on the Internet.
The cover-up included
bribing the media and aviation experts. One British and American TV series, for instance, Seconds From Disaster.
pretended in one episode that the plane blew up due to a technical malfunction.
A travel writer,
Christine Negroni, was paid to claim the same thing. The press is paid to tout her. Incredibly, Negroni is still used
today to cover up the facts of aviation disasters. (At present, Negroni is writing about the Malaysian airliner
MH370 that disappeared several hours after take-off from Malaysia. The plane was flying unsafe cargo to China. If this cargo
caused the plane's disappearance, it is likely that Negroni has been paid to try to cover it up in her book about
For years, the families
of passengers killed in the attack on TWA-800 have tried to obtain justice and compensation. If Clinton's wife becomes
president in 2017, their efforts will be further thwarted.
March 13, 2004
Pedophile Scandal in Belgium
The Belgian Monarchy on Trial
not the notorious pedophile, Marc Dutroux, dubbed “The Monster of Charleroi”, who is on trial in Belgium’s
“Trial of the Century”. It is the Belgian monarchy.
an ex-prostitute and pedophile, is on trial for the kidnapping and murder of several children and youths in the southern French-speaking
region of Belgium, particularly around the city of Charleroix, where he lived, in the mid-1990s.
Dutroux kidnapped and sold young women and children to pimps and pedophiles. He held them captive in underground dungeons
until he had lined up customers. The total number of children kidnapped, procured or murdered by Dutroux might never be known
or made public.
which began last week, had been delayed for eight years, since Dutroux’s arrest in 1996. The widespread misconduct of
officials in the case became a national scandal and caused an outrage that the country had not witnessed since the end of
the Second World War.
officials of all grades and at all levels - policemen, prosecutors,
judges and cabinet ministers -
were implicated in the scandal.
tried to deny misconduct. To deflect public criticism of the government, the Prime Minister commissioned a group of academics
to study sexual abuse of children. A parliamentary commission investigated the alleged complicity or other misconduct by officials.
So-called “non-governmental organizations” (“NGOs") were set up, including one with the assistance of an
American “NGO” and the American Embassy in Brussels, to help find and recover kidnapped and missing children.
scandal grew and spread. The parliamentary commission was a sham - it absolved all government officials of any complicity or wrongdoing. The Prime
Minister’s commission was a spy-ring to find and procure children to pedophiles. The newly created government offices
and “NGOs” were meant only to give the illusion of correcting a lamentable situation and turned out to be fronts
for pedophiles, traffickers and procurers. The American embassy in Brussels looked like the shady accomplice of local sexual
deviants and corrupt and complicit government officials.
in the case, initially acclaimed a hero, was soon the object of angry protests for dragging his feet in similar kidnapping
and murder cases.
and the son of a prosecutor were implicated in a car-theft ring with Dutroux.
overpowered his police guards and escaped, forcing two cabinet ministers and the national police chief to resign. The government
was severely shaken and eventually forced to resign en mass. Its successor, the first liberal government in Belgium in 70 years, was even more complicit in the crimes
of pedophiles, kidnappers, traffickers and procurers: it pleaded incompetence and offered the run-around; it covered for pedophiles
Dutroux’s prison guards were caught passing his letters to a 15-year-old girl.
“NGOs” are trying to set up a regional pedophile and kidnapping ring with police services in Europe.
a miracle that the trial is being held at all or that Dutroux is alive to testify.
with Dutroux are his first wife and two associates, including a businessman who funded electoral campaigns in Belgium, Michel
has long been the focus of the media. He appears to be at the center of the trial. But Dutroux maintains that he was just
one small part of a large pedophile ring that included high society figures. In fact, Nihoul should offer more revealing testimony
than Dutroux. Nihoul bought children from Dutroux and procured them to prominent aristocrats, industrialists and judicial
officials who tortured and murdered them at parties. Nihoul can expose the highest Belgian officials and businessmen. Nihoul,
by his testimony, can bring down the Belgian government. He can bring down the Belgian monarchy.
King of the Belgians, Baudouin, was a quiet person. He seldom caused a stir. Not so his younger brother and successor, the
present king, Albert II. A notorious playboy prince, he was an unpopular figure. Upon Baudouin’s sudden and unexpected
death in 1993, the pubic, horrified by the prospect that Albert would become king, demanded that his son be proclaimed king
often expressed concern for the welfare of children. Not so his younger brother, Albert. In recent years, the present king
was alleged to have participated in orgies in the 1960s and 1970s in which children were procured and sexually assaulted.
According to the accounts of a judge in Luxembourg that were published by the French publisher Flammarion a couple
of years ago, Nihoul procured children at a party attended by high officials and a member of the royal family, thought to
have been Albert, then a prince, in a castle
in Belgium where they were tortured and slaughtered in ritual ceremonies in the late 1980s.
revelations have reaffirmed public opinion that the present king is unworthy of the crown, it has also caused the public to
suspect that the entire royal family, who knew all about this evil behavior, is unfit to reside in the royal palace.
the trial is expected to follow a well-prepared script. The prosecutors and judges
- and the lawyers - have been warned not to let Dutroux
and Nihoul reveal details of the pedophile rings to which they procured children. Dutroux and Nihoul have probably agreed
to a deal - life sentences
to be reduced later when no one is looking - in exchange for silence about their clients.
Pedophiles in High Places
Seek to Silence Procurers of Children, Dutroux and Nihoul
Belgium’s “Trial of the Century”
Exposes International Pedophile and Prostitution Rings
International Military Guard Must Be Posted
Pedophiles in high places want
to silence Belgian’s two most notorious criminals, Marc Dutroux and Michel Nihoul.
The procurers of children are
at the center of Belgium’s “Trial of the Century”.
Since the trial began in the
southern city of Charleroi three weeks ago, government officials have tried to dismiss Dutroux’s claim that he and Nihoul
procured women and children to organized pedophile and prostitution rings throughout Europe.
Once again, last week, the
Belgian government displayed its reluctance to conduct the trial.
Keys to handcuffs were discovered
in Dutroux’s jail cell.
It appears that high officials
are trying to induce Dutroux to escape from prison and disappear.
Dutroux escaped before. Six
years ago, in 1998, he overpowered two police guards, stole a gun from one of them, commandeered a car, and drove off. He was caught in the Ardennes, car stuck in mud, three hours later.
The spectacular escape, which
Dutroux seemed to have pulled off with surprising ease, caused an outrage and forced the resignation of the national police
chief, Willy De Ridder, the Minister of Interior, Johan Vande Lanotte, and the Minister of Justice, Stefaan De Clerck.
The discovery of the keys,
which was the latest of several recent lapses in prison security around Dutroux, triggered another outrage and demands for
the resignations of the
federal police chief, Herman Fransen, the Minister of Interior, Patrick Dewael, Minister
of Justice, Laurette Onkelink, and Vande Lanotte, who rejoined the government.
Nihoul, a businessman who funded
electoral campaigns and procured children to prominent Belgians in high places, was free on bail until the trial began. Now
back in prison for the duration of the trial, it appears that he and Dutroux might never have a chance to reveal all.
Crucial witnesses have a way
of disappearing or turning up dead in Belgium.
Since the Belgian authorities
are incapable of guaranteeing that the trial will proceed, with all witnesses present, an international military guard should
copyright, David Messier
October 2, 2004
What to do about the United Nations Organization
Start Reform from the Bottom
Not from the Top Down
at the United Nations has long been needed - but not at the top.
For many years to come, the UN Security Council will remain as it is
today, and as it has since its creation decades ago, with five permanent members - the United States, Russia, China, Britain
and France - the leaders of the victorious Allies in World War Two, who have steered the world clear of a third world war
and a nuclear holocaust for the past 59 years.
It is far too early to consider giving the former Axis powers, Germany
and Japan, permanent status on the Security
Council. They may be the world's greatest economic powers but they are not military powers. Furthermore, Germany is still Europe's "bad boy" and Japan
is still "on probation".
Giving Third World countries, like India
and Brazil, permanent status on the Security
Council would defeat the purpose of permanent status. India
might have a nuclear arsenal, but it is clearly not in the same league as the permanent members of the Security Council.
Several mistakes involving the UN in recent years might have given some
politicians in Southeast Asia the false impression that permanent status on the UN Security
Council is for sale.
The first mistake was the UN's reelection of Kofi Annan to a second term as UN secretary
general. Annan did not merit the post to begin with and many felt that it should have gone to a better and more capable person.
The second mistake was the awarding of the Nobel Prize, wholly undeserved, to
Kofi Annan and the UN. It was actually a bribe, made by the American president, George W. Bush, to ensure that he had
Annan's support in the future.
The third mistake was Bush's decision to release long held-up payment
of the country’s dues to the UN. Annan had often opposed and embarrassed Bush, so there was no real reason to give the
Furthermore, most of the funds from the United States to the UN go to support thousands of parasitic anti-Americans overseas,
phony projects, and criminal activities, like the international traffic in women and children.
A fourth mistake was the glorification of the UN high commissioner for human
rights. This official and his staff are seldom serious about their role or their work and accomplish little if anything. Until
last year, the commissioner had come to be regarded, especially in the Third World, as some sort of a divinity and
rivaled the UN secretary general and US
president for attention in the media.
If there is to be reform, the UN should begin by cutting some 80 percent
of its staff and reducing its payroll by dismissing thousands of employees, closing hundreds of offices, and suspending many
commissions worldwide that serve no real purpose and do nothing.
copyright, David Messier
September 25, 2005
The Belgian Pedophile Scandal and the Catholic Church in Belgium
China and the
Who should -
or shouldn’t - be the Vatican's
The Archbishop of Belgian, Gottfried Cardinal Danneels, age 72,
went to China in late March. He said
he was on a mission to restore ties between the Vatican and China, which Chinese communists severed after taking over China in 1949. The Vatican broke
off relations with China in 1951 and established and maintained ties with
At the time of Danneels' trip to China, the late pope, John Paul II, was on his deathbed and Danneels thought
that there was a chance that he might succeed him.
The Vatican tried
to restore ties with the Catholic Church in China
earlier, in 1990. Negotiations failed, essentially because the Chinese government took exception to the Vatican's insistence that only Rome could appoint
bishops in China. There was also the underlying issue of the Vatican's recognition of Taiwan, which the
Chinese government considers a province of China.
Earlier this month, the new pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI, invited four
Catholic bishops from China, including two whose appointments by the
Vatican had been approved by the Chinese government, to attend a the current
Synod of Bishops at the Vatican, which begins on October
2 and runs to October 23.
In response, the Chinese government replied that the bishops were
too old to travel to Rome.
The Chinese government did not allow two Chinese bishops to attend a
1998 Synod of Asian Bishops, to which they were invited by Pope John Paul II.
Pope John Paul II, who came from Poland, hated communism. Some have wondered if the Vatican,
under a new pontiff, would forsake Taiwan in an effort to restore relations
with China. The Vatican
invited also the bishops of Taiwan and Hong Kong to the October Synod.
It is not clear if Cardinal Danneels decided on his own to go to China or if he discussed his trip beforehand with
the dieing pope’s advisors. In any case, he met church and government officials in China.
Belgium is renowned
as one of the world's leading producers of beer and the center of trade in rough diamonds. Until the recent collapse of the
European Union's efforts to form an United Europe, the EU's capital, Brussels, which
is also the capital of Belgium, was widely regarded as the unofficial
capital of Europe.
But Belgium has
also become infamous for its recent legalization of same-sex marriages and a decade of pedophile scandals that
exposed many officials, brought down a government and implicated the royal family.
Danneels has toed a convenient social and political line
in regard to homosexuality by not condemning it outright and sometimes even excusing or defending it.
At the height of Belgium’s
pedophile scandal in 1997, Danneels was publicly accused of ignoring the plight of the victims of pedophiles. In response,
Danneels set up a telephone hot-line to accept complaints against pedophiles directly from the public.
But Danneels ignored many, if not all, the complaints to him. Indeed,
there is no indication that he ever considered them.
In the following year, 1998, a criminal count in Belgium declared that the Belgian Catholic Church had
failed to protect the victims of a pedophile priest. Testifying in court, Danneels denied knowing anything about the matter.
It was the first time that a cardinal appeared before a secular court in Belgium. The
court ordered Danneels to pay damages to the 12-year-old victim.
The pedophile case appears to have marked the most crucial moment
of Danneels’ career. In fact, the court case was merely the tip of the iceberg.
When Danneels accompanied a group of Belgian bishops to the
Vatican in 2003, the pope lamented over
the poor health of the church in Belgian.
Among the many complaints that Danneels ignored were complaints about
the kidnappings, murders and disappearances of Asian children in Belgium.
Thus, Danneels appears not have been the right envoy to China for the Vatican.
To some, Danneels’ mission to China must
have read like typical Belgian black humor.
Before he was elected pontiff earlier this year, Pope Benedict XVI, as
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger of Germany,
was the late Pope John Paul's closest aide. He was concerned most with maintaining unity, order and discipline within the
ranks of the clergy throughout the world. His sternness earned him the reputation as "The Enforcer" among the clergy.
To maintain order within the clergy, however, Cardinal Ratzinger felt
he had to forego investigating and disciplining priests accused of homosexuality and pedophilia. As a result, however,
the Vatican was widely accused of ignoring rampant homosexuality and pedophilia within the clergy.
John Paul II and Benedict XVI were sued in Texas courts for obstructing
the prosecution of local pedophile priests. At the Vatican's request, the U. S. government asked the courts
to dismiss the lawsuits because the pope, as a head of state, enjoys immunity from prosecution.
Thus, it might have appeared to Danneels that he was free to ignore
complaints against homosexuals and pedophiles or requests from victims and victims' families for assistance from the
Earlier this month, the Vatican
forbade homosexuals from joining the clergy. The Vatican
also launched an inquiry into the conduct of American Catholic priests alleged to be pedophiles. This might signal a change
in the attitude and conduct of the Vatican
toward homosexuality and pedophilia.
The Vatican's envoys
to the Catholic Church and government in China, as well as the Catholic
Churches and governments of other countries in Asia, should have impeccable records. They should
be firmly opposed to homosexuality and pedophilia.
Until Danneels and the Catholic Church in Belgium
have demonstrated that they are wholly opposed to homosexuality and pedophilia and have shown some compassion for the victims
of pedophiles, including Asiatic victims and their relatives in Belgium and Asia,
the Vatican should consider carefully
the consequences of sending them abroad as envoys.
copyright, David Messier
Kings of the Belgians,
House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
- the Austrian Netherlands - and took it
from Austria and annexed it to France in 1795. Belgium
remained under French adminsitration until 1813.
Following the defeat
of the Emporer Napolean Bonaparte by the British and Prussians at the Battle of Waterloo
in 1815, the Congress of Vienna gave Belgium
back to an independent Netherlands.
Belgians and middle-class burgers in Belgium who were opposed to the
Dutch King, William of Orange, declared independence from the mostly Protestant Netherlands in 1830. William invaded Belgium but the British and the French forced him to withdraw. For stratregic pruposes,
Belgium kept the port
Baron Surlet de Chokler,
Regent, February 17, 1831 - July 21, 1831
Under pressure from the
British, the Belgian Congress elected Leopold of the House Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, a German prince who was the uncle
of Britain's Queen Victoria, as Belgium's first king
1. Leopold I, crowned
July 21, 1831 (Belgian national holiday); died, December 10, 1865
2. Leopold II, elder son of Leopold I; crowned, December 17, 1865; died, December 17, 1909
3. Albert I, nephew
of Leopold II; crowned, December 23, 1909; died, February 17, 1934
4. Leopold III, elder
son of Albert I; crowned, February 23, 1934; abdicated July 16, 1951
German troops invaded
Belgium on May 1, 1940. The Belgian government
fled and went into exile. Leopold surrendered unconditionally to the Germans on May 28, 1940.
Leopold remained in
Belgium theroughout the German occupation.
Retreating German forces took him back to Germany
with them on June 7, 1944.
After the liberation
of Belgium by the Allies, in early September
1944, Leopold's younger brother, Prince Karol (Charles), became regent during Leopold's absence.
Prince Karol, Regent, September 20, 1944 - July 20, 1950
The Allies reached
Leopold in Austria, where the Germans
had taken him, on May 7, 1945.
The Belgian public
considered Leopold a collaborator of the Germans. Thus, he could not return to Belgium;
he moved to Switizerland in October 1944.
Following a national
referendum on July 20, 1950, in which 58% of the Belgian public voted for the return of Leopold to Belgium, Leopold returned from Switzerland,
on July 22, 1950.
On August 1, 1950, following
violent protests, Leopold suggested a transfer of royal powers to his eldest son, Baudoin, who thus became Prince
Royal on August 11, 1950.
Realizing that it
would be impossible to reconcile the Belgian public, Leopold abdicated one year later, on July 16, 1951.
5. Baudoin I , elder
son of Leopold III; Prince Royal, August 11, 1950 - July 16, 1951; crowned, July 17, 1951; died, July 31, 1993
When Bauduoin refused
to give royal assent to a bill that would liberalise abortion laws that had been approved by the Belgian parliament, the government
declared, on April 4, 1990, that he was unable to reign. The government, assuming the role of head of state,
signed the bill into law and on the following day, April 5, 1990, restored Baudouin.
Following the death
of Baudouin, many Belgians expressed a dislike for Baudouin's younger brother, Albert, known as a playboy who spent much
or most of his time outside of Belgium. Many Flemish-speaking Belgians complained that his wife did not speak Flemish. Most Belgians preferred by-passing Albert and giving the throne to his son.
6. Albert II, second
son of Leopold III; crowned, August 9, 1993
For more on the allegations of the sexual molestation of children against the King of the Belgians, start here:
B. B. C.
Tuesday, 18 September, 2001, 10:24 GMT 11:24 UK
Oddly, this article is referred to (by a link) on the King's wikipedia website in defense against
the publication of evidence collected by a judge in Belgium.
Vatican Stays the Course
In early May 2006, bishops of China's official state-controlled Roman Catholic Church ordained bishops without
the required consent of the Pope, Benedict XVI.
In immediate response, the Vatican excommunicated the Chinese bishops who were ordained and the bishops
who performed the ordinations. In all, some 30 Chinese bishops were involved in the unapproved ordinations.
Excommunication is the Church's highest and most severe
punishment. An excommunicated Roman Catholic cannot receive Holy Communion and other sacrament.
Vatican bars homosexuals from joining
In late November 2005, the Vatican
announced that Pope Benedict XVI approved a Vatican statement, drafted in August 2005, banning
homosexuals, as well as supporters of homosexuality, from entering the priesthood.
However, the ban did not match the hope and expectations
of most of the world. The ban did not apply to homosexuals who have refrained from homosexual
relations within the past three years.
The Vatican and pedophiles
has stood its ground against the totalitarian Communist Chinese state. The Vatican
has ruled against allowing homosexuals into the Roman Catholic clergy.
It is not enough to speak out
against pedophilia. The Church must act against it. The Vatican must
act against pedophilia by defrocking priests who are or have been pedophiles. The Vatican must also act against bishops who aid and abet pedophile priests or who
obstruct judicial procedures against pedophile priests.
It appears unlikely,
however, that the Vatican will act against
pedophiles in the clergy, or against clergymen who have conspired with pedophiles or pedophile rings, any time soon.
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Pope's first attack against pedophilia
On October 28, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI issued his first statement against
sexual abuse, essentially meaning pedophilia, since his election as pope in early 2005.
The pope warned a group of Irish bishops visiting the Vatican against "sexual abuse". The Irish church has been greatly
reduced by repeated wide-spread pedophile scandals in the past two decades.
Shortly before he was elected, Pope Benedict, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, railed
against against "filth" in the clergy.
But there is more to sexual abuse than pedophile priests. Many
priests and nuns are complicit in the kidnapping and trafficking of children and in the exploitation of children by pedophile
and prostitution rings. Indeed, it's a very old story. In the past decade, bishops of various countries, particularly Belgium, have ignored complaints from the public about the
mistreatment of children by the clergy. The Vatican
has a long history of shielding pedophiles and their accomplices in the clergy. The pope has yet to acknowledge the misconduct
of bishops and cardinals for protecting pedophiles in the clergy.
Pope Benedict XVI must denounce clergymen who are complicit in the abuse of children. He
must denounce bishops, like those in Belgium,
who have for years ignored complaints from the public. But it is not enough to denounce. Words must be backed up by action
- visible action with real consequences.
The current pope was a notorous homosexual in his university days.
Old habits die hard.
Today this odd fact about the pope seems to rate only a short footnate in
The pope's occasional statements admitting abuse of children
by pedophile clergymen are political, made only because they have to be. His remarks do not necessarily indicate
that he and other clergymen will always respond if pressed to do so.
Remember the last Archbishop of Belgium, Gottfried Cardinal Danneels?
He played deaf and dumb for so many years to demands that he act against pedophile rings in the Belgian clergy. A police
raid on his house shortly after his retiremnt netted all sorts of odd things, like pornography, etc., etc. He was arrested
and taken away.
Why not a police raid on the pope's private quarters?