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French Diplomacy Is A Lilliputian Nuisance ^ | March 10 2003 | GEORGE F. WILL

Posted on 03/10/2003 12:56:17 PM PST by knighthawk

`We no longer live in a world where only the actual firing of weapons represents a sufficient challenge to a nation's security."

-President Kennedy, during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis

Wars do not always begin with an abrupt, cymbal-crash rupture of conditions properly characterized as peace. There can be almost seamlessly incremental transitions.

The war against Iraq has begun - much as America's war against Nazi Germany really began months before Pearl Harbor and Hitler's Dec. 11 declaration of war on America. It began when President Roosevelt ordered aggressive patrolling by the U.S. Navy against German submarines in the North Atlantic. On - note the day - Sept. 11, 1941, he said: "Do not let us split hairs. Let us not say, `We will only defend ourselves if the torpedo succeeds in getting home, or if the crew and the passengers are drowned.' This is the time for prevention of attack."

The Second Gulf War was underway weeks ago, with special operations forces in Iraq and U.S. and U.K. aircraft expanding their target lists in the name of enforcing no-fly zones. Soon the bow wave created by the movement of the great ship America into full-scale war will wash away Lilliputian nuisances, such as French diplomacy.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: diplomacy; france; french; iraq; jfkonfrance; nuisance

1 posted on 03/10/2003 12:56:18 PM PST by knighthawk
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2 posted on 03/10/2003 12:56:46 PM PST by knighthawk
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To: knighthawk
George nailed this oped! Thanks for posting it.
3 posted on 03/10/2003 1:04:38 PM PST by Grampa Dave (Stamp out Freepathons! Stop being a Freep Loader! Become a monthly donor!)
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To: Grampa Dave
Sorry I couldn't post it in full.
4 posted on 03/10/2003 1:07:01 PM PST by knighthawk
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To: knighthawk
Interesting point about France trying to block Reagan's Libyan action.

Also, I think Will hits it right one when he says that France's motive is simply this: they want to be THE counter-weight to America's super-power status.

5 posted on 03/10/2003 1:21:56 PM PST by what's up
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To: knighthawk
A big problem with Chirac's need to act as a counterweight to the US is that we generally are on the right side of both morality and history. And to oppose us because we are the only remaining hyperpower wiil tend to place them on the same side as the Soviets. And with the same results, IMMHO.

The EU is being led by a group of megalomaniacsal technocrats whose overbearing need for "La gloire" will cause them immense difficulties in the future.

6 posted on 03/10/2003 2:01:57 PM PST by TexanToTheCore
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To: knighthawk; Allan
Thanks for the ping, KH.

FYI, Allan. The war has already started.

7 posted on 03/10/2003 2:03:14 PM PST by keri
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To: Torie
A nice shot across France's bow by Mr Will.
8 posted on 03/10/2003 2:13:02 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: jwalsh07
The amazing thing is how inept the French are in covering their tracks of total disingenuousness as to their motives and true policy objectives. Their foreign policy at the present time has about as much nuance as was displayed by the Evil Empire. This quite amuses me, because the French really believe that they are worldly sophisticates and we are sophomoric well meaning not-very-smart babes in wonderland.
9 posted on 03/10/2003 2:26:59 PM PST by Torie
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To: Torie
Chiraq threatened today to withdraw from the War on Terrorism if he didn't get his way. An astounding statement leading me to conclude that my theory of French compicitness with Hussein is true.
10 posted on 03/10/2003 2:36:25 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: knighthawk
Will nails it.I care not a fig about France.I do worry that Blair may have to step down.The hoax that the UN is an effective deterrent to war or violence has so permeated the public's mind that it believes we cannot go without its OK. Patience in large doses will be required.Anyone have some to spare?? I seem to have run short.
11 posted on 03/10/2003 2:42:30 PM PST by MEG33
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To: MEG33
No patience on my part. I think we should point to Frances public stance (at least I heard they said they would Veto, they probably said the wouldn't veto in the same statement.) Should be enough reason to start the war tomorrow. I really don't like the idea of giving someone like Saddam a hard date. I think its foolish to worry so much about "world opinion" whatever the hell that represents. People should just be honest, "World Opinion" is a euphomism for the "European Left."

The time has past that we should manuver to lessen their concerns.
12 posted on 03/10/2003 3:22:17 PM PST by PeoplesRep_of_LA (Reagan must have done alot of good to be hated by the left this bad)
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To: knighthawk
Sorry I couldn't post it in full.

Don't worry.  The previous ten postings, with varying headlines,
 have the full article.
13 posted on 03/10/2003 3:33:22 PM PST by gcruse (When choosing between two evils, pick the one you haven't tried yet.)
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To: keri
Can he do it without Blair?
14 posted on 03/10/2003 4:31:16 PM PST by Allan
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