As my thoughts turn to Lafayette St in lower Manhattan, or better yet the Algerian hijacking of an Air France jetliner in 1994, or even the fact that it was French troops who made up the West's ground war in Afghanistan - NOT US troops, all we did was bomb Canadians and obliterate the occasional wedding - or it was French intelligence that resulted in post September 11th arrests of suspected terrorist leaders - since the CIA can't find a single man who can speak Arabic - I can't help but wonder where our senators get off cracking Frenchman jokes because of their opposition to our war in Iraq.
Are we as Americans simply unknowledgable of our own involvement in history or just willfully ignorant of international affairs? Didn't France and the rest of the NATO countries comply graciously in Clinton's war in Kosovo? Wasn't it France who supplied humanitarian aid and claimed they were all Americans right after the destruction of the WTC? Aren't they the poster-child for democratic revolution in the first place? Or even second place, if you still call the US a democracy? Didn't they have their own share of ethnocentricity and empire-building like the rest of us? What's so bleeding different? Why is it now that they're considered ungrateful bastards when they should be our biggest ally?
Then again, maybe they just make Bush look bad, because blatantly pro-America Chirac listens to his people when they say "no war!" After all, only a *true* leader can ignore the will of his people and do what *he* considers is best. The rest are just simply servants to public opinion... which apparently *someone* has forgotten is the role of the government to begin with...
You miss Ranters, don't you?
And I'd have a rant for you if it wasn't for the fact that every single one of those questions are rhetorical... for we both either know the answers already, or it doesn't really matter which is which. Or something. Hey, it's 6:45 in the morning; don't expect me to be coherent!
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