Lockstep into Hypocrisy
those morally superlative French! In the new millennium, after
the terror which rocked the United States of America and most
of the modern world, it seems some things really never change.
One thing that hasn't: France's ultra-sophisticated, we-are-better-than-you
attitude towards everything, especially anything American.
In particular, our policies in defeating terrorism and our
war on its perpetrators. It must be nice to be oh-so-superior.
Certainly makes one feel especially good to look down upon
people whom you think are beneath you. Or, does it?
the outset, post-September 11, France's show of sympathy was
genuine. As with most of the world, condolences, speeches,
and statements of support poured from the heads of state of
all European countries. France supported America's right to
wage war in Afghanistan. Then came the infamous Bush "Axis
of Evil" speech in February of this year. Immediately,
the grace period of non-criticism was over. French Foreign
Minister Hubert Vedrine pointed his finger at the U.S. government
and military accusing them of pursuing a "simplistic"
foreign policy. "Today we are threatened by a simplistic
quality in US policy that reduces all the problems of the
world to the struggle against terrorism. It is not properly
thought out," Vedrine told French radio. We?
Vedrine is the same man who, when speaking about the so-called
20th hijacker Zacarias Moussaoui - a French citizen, said
he "regretted" the U.S. Justice Department's decision
to seek the death penalty in his case. Vedrine, a member of
the Council of Europe, is committed to abolishing the death
penalty world-wide. Bully for you, Mr. Vedrine. But since
it is the law of our land, and if Moussaoui is found guilty,
he will have to pay the price under our laws. Save the moral
outrage for someone who will listen. Apparently, no one will
- not even Amnesty International - on this one. Remember,
these people didn't blow up the Eiffel Tower. No, they killed
thousands of American citizens by taking out the Towers of
Manhattan and Washington's Pentagon.
so, according to author and head of the leftwing organization,
the Voltaire Network, Thierry Meyssan. He's the Frenchman
who penned the outrageous book, 11 Septembre: L'effroyable
Imposture (which translated, means September 11: The
Frightening Fraud). In this "book," Meyssan
claims that on that fateful day, a plane didn't crash into
the Pentagon - the damage just doesn't sustain the claim.
He goes further to accuse "a group of people who had
authorized access to the Pentagon" for staging this attack
with the target being the Navy Command Center. Of course,
the author gives no explanation as to what happened to Flight
77, the American Airlines plane which did, in fact, hit the
Pentagon that sunny morning. Just ask Ted Olson. His wife,
Barbara, was on that plane. Better yet, Monsieur Meyssan,
you ask him.
the Russians know this book is bunk. When asked about the
book's success in France (Amazon.fr's
Number One bestseller for months after it's release),
Sergei Butin, spokesman for the Committee for International
Affairs said, "[It's success] could be summed up by the
Russian proverb: the more far-fetched a claim, the more that
people believe it." Butin added, "the Russian government
believes in the information distributed by that of the United
States in this matter."
indeed. But what's not so far-fetched and unbelievable is
the renewed wave of anti-Semitism occurring in France almost
daily. France's phony moralizing on US policy, and on Israel's
policy of defending itself against the series of homicide
bombers bent on killing as many Jews as possible, increasingly
pales in the news that many French Jews - close to 600,000
strong - are being attacked. In Strasbourg, Lyon and Alsace,
synagogues have been burned. Alsace also saw a pavilion at
a Jewish cemetery destroyed by Molotov cocktails.
news stories have been calling this the worst outbreak of
anti-Semitism in 60 years.
see, shall we refresh our memory a little? 60 years ago...
September 3, 1939, France declared war on Germany. France
bit off more that it could swallow, and on May 15, 1940, French
Premier Paul Reynaud phoned British Prime Minister Winston
Churchill, telling him, "We have been defeated; we have
lost the battle." In come the Allies, consisting of British,
Soviet and American forces, to turn the tide of what would
have been the most horrific event in the history of our world;
a win by the king of the anti-Semitic movement, Adolf Hitler.
Six million Jews died. Pretty huge outbreak, wouldn't you
ironic, when faced with the US governments' $285 million dollars
in war aid, troop deployment and equipment, France didn't
say boo. There was no overt criticism of simplistic foreign
policy when our forces landed on those beach heads at Normandy
on June 6, 1944. The French were formally out of the game
by then, because when Paris fell on June 14, 1940 - by June
22, France formally surrendered, signing the armistice in
the same train car Germany had surrendered in to end the First
World War in 1918. Britain, and the rest of the Allies, faced
Germany alone. Turn out the lights, the party's over - at
least as far as France was concerned.
it's even more ironic that the jack-boot shod feet we hear
echoing down the Champs-Elysees now are worn by French citizens
assaulting Europe's most populated Jewish community - it's
own Jewish countrymen.
December while at a dinner party, France's ambassador to Britain,
Daniel Bernard, off-handedly spouted (about Israel), "That
[expletive deleted] little country... Why should the world
be in danger of World War III because of those people? ..."
could have argued the same of his [expletive deleted] country
60 years ago.
who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
-- George Santayana