February 6, 2003

What's In It For Us?

Mark Steyn on the French and why they're not your average Eurowimp.

In other words, this is the war, this is the real battlefield, not the sands of Mesopotamia. And, on this terrain, Americans always lose. Either they win but get no credit, as in Afghanistan. Or they win a temporary constrained victory to be subverted by subsequent French machinations, as in the last Gulf War. This time round, who knows? But through it all France is admirably upfront in its unilateralism: It reserves the right to treat French Africa as its colonies, Middle Eastern dictators as its clients, the European Union as a Greater France and the UN as a kind of global condom to prevent the spread of Americanization. All this it does shamelessly and relatively effectively. It's time the rest of the West was so clear-sighted.
Posted by Ithildin at February 6, 2003 7:15 AM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

On France, a parallel:
Peace for our time - Alistair Cooke

And so many of the arguments mounted against each other today, in the last fortnight, are exactly what we heard in the House of Commons debates and read in the French press.

The French especially urged, after every Hitler invasion, "negotiation, negotiation".

They negotiated so successfully as to have their whole country defeated and occupied.


On the Security Council and the UN -

History repeats -
Feb. 5, 2003 How Truman won over the UN Security Council, By MAX ABRAHMS - "The UN discovered its backbone only after the US created a fait accompli."

Posted by: John Anderson at February 6, 2003 11:47 AM

Thanks for the links, John. Will take a look after work.

Posted by: Ith at February 6, 2003 12:41 PM

France has never been fully pressured to show it's true color since wwII. Now we see what kind of a people they really are.

What a crying shame.

There should be an International Rule:
If your feeble nation has to be rescued from tyranny at thecost of the lives of other peoples sons, you must remain absolutly silent on the world stage for 200 years.

Posted by: bleeding brain at February 6, 2003 7:47 PM