September 19, 1903

On September 19, 1903, King Leopold II of Belgium fervently denied mistreating the Congo natives. He told the world that you had to be cruel to be kind, in the right measure. You had to be cruel to be kind to the Congo Natives and they would take it as a very good sign. He said that his troops had to be cruel to be kind, because it was tough love, baby. Even if millions died, the survivors knew, you had to be cruel to be kind. The natives said, “No. You don’t. You’re just a homicidal jerk.”

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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