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Update: 01.21.2008... Heck, let's just put it this way....
When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of "empire building by President George Bush."
He answered by saying, "Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return."
It became very quiet in the room.
Then there was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break one of the French engineers came back into the room saying "Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intended to do, bomb them?"
A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: "Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck.. We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?"
Once again, dead silence.
A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of Officers that included personnel from most of those countrie s. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, 'whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English.' He then asked, 'Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?'
Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied 'Maybe its because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German.'
You could have heard a pin drop!
Tom Skelton's writings in return to plusaf.com...
Finally, and this is not a CNN topic, I note that France threatened a veto of the UN humanitarian efforts for the Iraqi civilians, because it would validate and justify the actions of the US. If you needed any proof that the French actions are motivated strictly by political posturing and opposition to the US (anything they do we must disagree with without thinking about it), this is it.
Interesting, regarding the French veto threat. Especially when you also consider that Chirac is now lobbying to be part of the post-war reconstruction. Political posturing aside, he's trying to ensure the continuance of the Billions of $$$ in business/oil deals that France has on the line and is right now looking at them going up in smoke. Gotta love French altruism and humanitarianism.
Tell him to go pound sand!
The English, French and Germans have lost the world dominating role that they had for many centuries, and as such, are no longer capable of simply issuing orders and seeing the rest of the world fall in line. Consider the three countries military and economic power in the Renaissance and even up to the end of the 19th century, and compare it with that same power today.
The complete destruction of Germany (twice) in the 20th century, and the facts about the sun setting on the British empire and about going to Google and requesting "French military victories" and coming up empty, are simply examples of this phenomenon.
But what is interesting is how each country has dealt with it.
The English have recognized it, and allied themselves with the new superpower. They are somewhat reconciled to this new role, but are proud of their place in history.
The Germans have recognized it, and have withdrawn into themselves. They are also somewhat reconciled to this new role, but have faced up to their place in history.
The French not only don't recognize it, they flat-out deny it. They continue to pretend that they are the worlds superpower, and that everyone else must kow-tow to them, and if the rest of the world does not agree, the French act like spoiled children.
On a lighter note, note how bizarre the world has become: the most foul-mouthed and popular rap star is white, the worlds best golfer is black, Libya is the chairman of the UN Human Rights Commission, the French are upset at the arrogance of the US, and the Germans don't want to go war.
Better idea?: contracts to rebuild Iraq shall be given in direct proportion to costs incurred by each nation during the war.
That will give France exactly $0.00. Exactly what Chirac and all other American-hating French deserve.