Our War With France: This article will get blogged about 100,000 times today, I would think:
It's time we Americans came to terms with something: France is not just our annoying ally. It is not just our jealous rival. France is becoming our enemy.
Thomas Friedman is way off today. Where does he get "is becoming"? This has been an established fact since the first time Dominique de Villepin powdered his wig and launched his attack on the US in the Security Council. The funny thing is, I think they really do buy all that stuff about their "rightful" place in shaping the world. Gob-smacking stuff.
I remember the first Frenchman I ever got to know. It was in my student days in London. His name was Pascal and he was a very genial fellow and very intelligent. He loved to expound on the superiority of everything French - from cheese to women to music to language. He wasn't nasty about it - to him it was as if he was pointing out that I had blue eyes and Mary over there had brown. These were simply objective facts. And he most sincerely believed that it was France's destiny to lead the poor and downtrodden countries out of their misery. He would explain that only French language and culture and it's version of democracy could provide a reliable model for these countries, and that the existence of the third world in the first place was the fault of what he called "Anglo-American" imperialism.
Let's see - how are the "francophone" (har, har!) countries in Africa doing these days...?