...Mr. Chirac described Iraq as a place where "disorder prevails," adding that he did not share Mr. Bush’s view that the liberation of Iraq from Mr. Hussein was comparable to the liberation of Europe from the Nazis. "History does not repeat itself," he sniffed.August 28, 2004:
Mr. Chirac said nothing about the violence and terror in Iraq, except to say that the restoration of sovereignty was "merely the start of a long and what is proving to be an arduous and hazardous process. But at least we have embarked on it."We? We? This reminds me of the old joke about the Lone Ranger and Tonto finding themselves surrounded by 1000 hostile Indians. The Lone Ranger turns to his faithful companion and says, "Well I guess we are finished, old friend." To which Tonto replies, "What you mean we, white man?"
That's right, what you mean we, Chirac, you pompous gasbag? We have a 1000 dead heroes (real heroes, Mr. Kerry) and you have none, because you, A. have no guts, B. have no moral compass, and C. have no real influence on day-to-day events in a world which long ago left you behind.
The more that I think about this, the more it pisses me off. With a few hardy exceptions, the cowards of the world are happy for Americans to shed blood to defend them. Like the old radio show, "Gunsmoke", we're the first they run to, but the last they want to meet. When they are in trouble, whom do they call? To whom do they run weeping for rescue? Whose money and blood are they willing to expend to extricate themselves from one self-inflicted disaster after another? And then, whom do they band against, call war mongers, call cowboys, call irresponsible, call Ugly Americans? Why, WE, of course.
Want more? Here's more.
The Victory of the French People : In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Paris, Le Monde has a special 8-page insert on Paris the Insurgent, the main article of which is called The Victory of the People and of the Tanks ("the people", as in "the people of France" or "the French people", not as in "person" in the plural).How many Americans, British, Australians and others died on French soil during WWII? WWI? Combined? And WE don't even get a mention from the sissified, pompous, self-rightous, sniffing French. They did not deserve our help then, now or in the future. But when they have again mired themselves in another scummy pukey cesspool of their own making, to whom will they run, shrieking for rescue? Why, to WE, of course. And will We ignore them and leave them to the fate which they deserve? No, WE won't. WE never have, WE don't, and WE won't. It wouldn't be...Christian.
In those eight pages, replete with photographs, there is not a single picture of an American (or a British) soldier (although one can spot American or British flags in a picture or two...
In the article The Men of August 25, there is not a single non-French allied leader mentioned (the four main "actors" being Charles de Gaulle, Philippe Leclerc, Rol-Tanguy, and Germany's Dietrich von Choltitz)
Of nine titles proposed in the suggested reading section, only two books concern the Allies as main characters, and one of those is in effect a book about the story of Robert Capa's D-Day pictures.
Not until the eighth and final page do we see articles concerning the United States, and they are ambivalent at best. The first concerns the common interests and the ambiguous relations between Paris and Washington, the second is an interview of historian Denis Peschanski, a research director at the CNRS, concerning the fact that "the way it was carried out, the liberation of Paris was not in the plans of General Eisenhower". Charles de Gaulle managed to change that, Dieu merci!
Wow, that really jerked my chain, didn't it?
Not enough? OK, how about this?
June 5, 2004 (60th D-Day commemoration:
There is not a single American flag in Paris.Or this.The CSA polling company has released the results of a survey which found;
Not on the Champs-Élysées, not anywhere.
I don't care what the French think of Bush's policies. The minimum of respect would have been to put out the Stars and Stripes for the US president's arrival. It is not Bush who is arriving, it is the president of the United States.
The Champs-Élysées are filled with flags when any other leader arrives, no matter what their régimes' policies or what their leaders have done. They even turned the Eiffel Tower red...
50% of the French public feel that France has no moral debt to the United States.
This opinion is shared by;
63% of those aged 18 to 24 years
58% of those 25 to 34
54% of those 35 to 49
48% of those 50 to 64
32% of those 65 and older.
Among the professions, farmers thought this in the greatest majority (62%) while retirees and the self-employed were the least likely to share this view (39%). The study also found that 82% of the French felt that France was sufficiently grateful to the US and that as little as 3% admire the US.I'm off, now, to strangle my cats.
Worse yet, the Figaro reports in a survey it commissioned which finds that 82% of French feel that Germany is France's strongest ally while only 55% feel that the US is a trustworthy ally. Thirty-seven percent (and 61% of National Front, i.e. fascist, voters) now feel that Iraq is the country that threatens them most (a head of Iran and North Korea.)