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Putting de Gaulle side by side with Franco and (gasp) Thatcher...not cool.

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill
by r------ on Wed Jan 10th, 2007 at 06:47:43 AM EST
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Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jan 10th, 2007 at 06:55:07 AM EST
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arrogant Nationalistic control freaks, completely sure of their mission regardless of the facts or how the minorities rights would be affected.  De Gaulle sure fits the arrogant control freak model.
by HiD on Wed Jan 10th, 2007 at 04:58:03 PM EST
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Not fair to de Gaulle to put him by Franco. By Thatcher - why not? He killed a lot more people, and was a lot more authoritarian. Plenty of talk here about historical amnesia among Americans. Maybe a bit about the French version? (and yes, there's a hell of a lot more to like about de Gaulle as well, but let's not forget the dark side)
by MarekNYC on Wed Jan 10th, 2007 at 05:23:13 PM EST
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I have a weak spot for de Gaulle, because he was not glued to his throne. He resigned not once, but twice, the first for disagreement with the parliament about the constitution, the second for a minor electoral bad results. That means: without being constrained by the law nor thrown out by his lieutnants. He had taken no money and died without any, too.
MOre unique than rare by our top politicians.
For De Gaulle vs. Thatcher: let´s don´t forget there are almost 2 generations (35 years) between them. They were not playing by the same rules. Democracy and expectations improved, after all.
Both strong personalities, to be put mildly.

La répartie est dans l'escalier. Elle revient de suite.
by lacordaire on Thu Jan 11th, 2007 at 06:28:59 PM EST
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