7. Visionär oder Hellseher


Am 26. September erklärt Henri Lambert Colonel House in einem langen Brief seine Vorstellungen mit Blick auf Belgiens Zukunft. Dieser verdient eine nahezu ungekürzte Wiedergabe:

...« According to the papers of this evening, Germany offers the restoration of Belgian independence (and consequently the evacuation of France) provided « economic concessions » are made to her. The desired guaranties concern chiefly Antwerp, where Germany has big and natural interests – this port being by nature of things the way out and the outlet of a very important part of Germany. The guarantees may therefore not be illegitimately desired. The method of dealing withthis question is not by simply and purely answering that no guaranties of any kind are to be given to Germany. Of course, this answer being stupid has a great chance of being made. But the true, wise attitude would be to say to the Germans: « you ask for economic concessions. Which are yours? » and probably it is such a query that Germany expects, awaits and is ready to answer to.

An other German « condition » of the restoration of Belgium is that there be in the future an administrative division « between the Flemish and Walloon populations. This is desired by many Flemish and by a not negligible minority of Walloons. Of course, the Germans must not be allowed to try to pose as the benefactors of a part of the Belgian people. But in itself this suggestion is by no means unreasonable. The truth is that the « oppressed » are not the Flemish, but the Walloons.I always have refused to take publicly an interest in this question but I have a very definitive opinion on it : if absolute international security were established in Europe under the regime of an economic peace, the administrative separation of the two Belgian elements of population would be an excellent and happy thing for both. Provided of course, the two administratively separated parts were economically federated under a system of absolute free-trade. »...

JulesDestree.jpgFünf Jahre zuvor – mit einer Zufälligkeit, auf die sich die Geschichte bestens versteht – veröffentlichte ein anderer belgischer Politiker, Jules Destrée, in derselben Zeitschrift wie Henri Lambert einen neben dessen eigenem Beitrag abgedruckten Artikel: seinen berühmten Brief an den König der Belgier, in dem er den Föderalismus pries. Jules Destrée, von sozialistischer Sensibilität, aber mit einer gewissen Sympathie und Bewunderung für die idealistische und mutige Haltung Henri Lamberts, hätte diese Äußerungen gewiss nicht missbilligt. Ganz gewiss kannten sich beide Männer. Könnten sich ihre Theorien gegenseitig beeinflusst haben?

Datum der letzten Aktualisierung: 2012-09-06