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Bloody atheists! They refuse to worship the only real god and it's prophet! (La illah illa al-souq!). They should be excommunicated and taken to the gaols of the Holy Economics Office!

Mr Chirac once denounced ultra-liberalism as the new communism

Blasphema! Blasphema! Let's stone him to death!

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Fri Mar 16th, 2007 at 08:13:47 AM EST
is that when it comes to actual policies when it really matters, France is certainly America's most steadfast ally.

Remember Mitterrand defending the Pershing-20s at the Bundestag. Giving high level intelligence to Reagan from the Soviet defector that fell in his lap.

And people seem to have forgotten that France and Russia had an almost complete breakdown of diplomatic relationships in the late 90s and early 2000s because of France's persistent criticism of the war in Chechnya.

Forgetting the invasion of Iraq and who started it is damn convenient.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Mar 16th, 2007 at 08:34:54 AM EST
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hey now, not every American is brain dead. :-) just alot of them.

I agree, France has been, and continues to be a good ally for the US. we should have listened ( ie as a country) to France rather than colin powell, obviously we would be better off. also its clear from my trips to geneva and into southern France that france is FAR ahead of Germany when it comes to many industries, esp hi tech, and bio tech. also its about 1000 times easier to do business down in southern france than germany. i am not trying to knock germany, but due to the culture there it is very hard to do anything innovative or involving risk due to the risk averse attitude of the germans.

there are alot of issues here. but europe is not dead yet. somewhat more free enterprise might be good, but tempering this with an understanding of the needs of society as a whole can only serve to benefit everyone.

merci Jerome, je pense, il y a tres bonne en France mantinant, excusez-moi, mon frances n`est pas tres bon, j` essaye....

Life is not a dress rehearsal

by johnfire (johnfire@christopherrehm.com) on Fri Mar 16th, 2007 at 04:46:21 PM EST
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