Prior to the observance of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I (when our Doughboys saved French derrieres), French President Emmanuel Macron said Europe needs its own army to defend the continent from Russia, China and “yes, even the United States.” That should work well, given that Europe can’t even protect itself from the current Islamic invasion.
You’ve probably heard the joke: “The French Army is advertising 100,000 rifles for sale – never fired, dropped only once.” Other than rounding up Jews in Vichy for deportation to death camps, the French Army doesn’t have much of a track record. In Southern France, it was the Italian Army that saved Jews from deportation.
For PR, we pretended that France was an occupied nation in World War II. A collaborationist nation is more like it.
How many Americans died during and after D-Day to drive the Nazis from French soil? After the war, we could have colonized Western Europe. We didn’t. As Colin Powell once remarked, in Europe, “The only kind of land we ever asked for was enough land to bury our dead.”
What exactly have the French bestowed on humanity – the French Revolution (where the ideologies which plagued the 20th century were born), Napoleon (the prototype for every dictator/conqueror who followed him), existentialism and other philosophies that have bored students to tears for half a century?
President Macaroon also lectured us on why patriotism is good and nationalism is bad. This from a nation whose anthem contains the words, “May impure blood (of our enemies) water our fields.”
The French should stick to what they know best: cooking with too much butter and annoying the rest of us with their arrogance and inanity.
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