Guilt, it used to be said, was an expression of conscience, but we moderns have found a way of divorcing the one from the other. The avowal of guilt now has nothing to do with conscience, and floats free of anything the person claiming guilt may himself have done or omitted to do.
The author begins in an unctuously self-congratulatory way:
On the occasion of the official visit of the Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, to France, which seals the normalisation of relations between two friends of Belgium, in which I cannot but rejoice, let me be allowed to testify to the manner in which my country has turned the page in our past relations with Rwanda, in order to look to the future.In all that follows, there is not a single identifiable individual who is alleged to have done anything wrong, certainly not the author himself.The nearest he comes to blaming anyone is the following:
We are convinced that at the time of the genocide the Belgian authorities could, and should, have acted differently in order to have prevented it.What the Belgians could and should have done is not specified for the readers of the newspaper, who can hardly be expected to know, nor is the identity of the people who should have done it specified.