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a community of hatred is almost always the foundation of friendships.
-- Alexis de Tocqueville (1806-1859)
people, through the corporate media, have been exposed to an
unprecedented level of antagonism against a long-time ally: the
The U.S. President,
George W. Bush, vows to punish them for their temerity.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld virtually snorts when the French
are mentioned: The French? Old Europe!
A host of lesser
political lights, federal and state legislatures alike, rush to
their rostrums to denounce the perfidious French, and use their
legislative expertise to pass resolutions directing government cafeterias
to rename the ubiquitous "French fries", the Freedom
For what crime(s)
have the French become the target of U.S. ire?
to instruct their diplomats to oppose unilateral (one-sided)
war in Iraq, and advocated the use of increased weapons inspectors
in Iraq. They choose to use their diplomacy to deny U.S. dominance
on the United Nations Security Council.
offense then, was daring to use the UN structure to promote their
own national views, rather than blind submission to the will of
"the worlds sole superpower."
How dare they? How dare they not bow to the imperial might of the
U.S. of A.?
have become the butt of offensive jokes in American life that are
tantamount to calling someone unbathed, or cowardly, something accelerated
by the tone emerging from the White House and the State Department.
Why this level
of anger? Of vitriol? Of hatred?
Why not a similar
response to German diplomatic differences?
the reason lie in history; and perhaps, in human psychology.
Were it not
for the French, the United States might not exist today, at least
in this form. The French sent soldiers from France and its colonies
to fight with the Americans against its long-time arch-enemies -
the British, during the American Revolution (think back to Shakespeares
play, *Henry V*, for an example of Anglo-Franco enmity). If the
French had not joined the American anti-royalist enterprise, this
region of the world would be something like the 'United Colonies
of British America'.
When the US
leaped into the Vietnam adventure, it did so, in part, to protect
the remnants of a failing French colonial regime (it also sought
its own economic interests, of course). Left unspoken though, was
a kind of 'gentlemens agreement'; an unspoken acknowledgement
between white republics to dominate and exploit an Asian nation
(Vietnam). From the American perspective, that old quasi-colonial
'gentlemens agreement' was broken over the issue of Iraq.
expected to sit silently by, and let their Big Brother do its thing.
When it did not, the American elite, and its corporate media launched
into a vicious attack against them, which hinted at their betrayal.
recognizes however, is something that the U.S. is still struggling
with. France, due in large part to its colonial past in Asia and
Northern, Central Africa, is a 'white' nation no more. Millions
of her citizens hail from their former colonial outposts, and have
non-Gallic names, but feel, through education, culture and custom,
part of the French Republic.
the United States (at least through its present Administration)
thinks, acts, and speaks as if it is still a white republic, ignoring
or downplaying the millions of nonwhite, non-European people who
populate the state. The U.S. remains a *herrenvolk* democracy, in
essence if not in law, and seeks to reestablish colonial domination
in several parts of the world (especially the Middle East). It sees
itself as an Empire, and thus expectssubmission. France has moved
past these imperial pretensions.
May the U.S.
someday outgrow its own delusion... and lay off the French.
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