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Fridge Brilliance

  • An example that also straddles the boundary with Fridge Horror. Sergeant Barthelemy (one of the Congolese soldiers in the Belgian Army whom Indy served with in Oganga, the Giver and Taker of Life), talks with Indy about living under Belgian rule and the nature of European imperialism in general. Barthelemy expresses his antipathy towards the fact that his country is ruled by a foreign empire without the consent of his people, and scoffs at Indy's sincere beliefs that European rule can benefit Africa. Then suddenly, one realizes that Barthelemy must be old enough to remember well what life was like under the Congo Free State (1885-1908); in which the area was ruled as a personal fiefdom by King Leopold II of Belgium, whose regime committed terrible atrocities that resulted in the deaths of millions of native people in the Congo. It's no wonder why Barthelemy is so cynical about colonialism; it's because he had personally witnessed all of these horrors as a child!
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