Pointless bickering, political drift, inconclusive elections, two language groups set at each other's throats—is this our future? No, it is Belgium's, the tragi-comic kingdom where they've set a postwar record for careening 232 days without a government. "Belgium will be snuffed out slowly, like a candle, barely noticed by anyone," a leader in the Belgian Parliament told The New Yorker. In Brussels last week 34,000 people rallied to protest a crisis that made their nation a laughingstock. "Shoddy,"