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Some points are right, some points desperately superficial, and the whole thing permeated by the defeat of 1940, which was an accident that had nothing to do with any French spirit.

Accident, indeed: If the French High Command had taken one or two basic precautions, there would have been no defeat; for example half of the French air force was not in France, and many, or most of the top line planes were not armed, because some did not trust the workers with canon... Other example : the armored mobile army had not been sent to the Netherlands, a bottomless idiocy... And so on: one may wonder if the High Command had not betrayed, and there was a trial in this sense...

Finally, let's point out that to put the French spirit in comparison with the Nazi spirit is beyond silly. Why not compare the Jews with the Eichmans?

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by Patrice Ayme on Thu Jun 11th, 2009 at 01:07:26 AM EST
the 9 (or was it 7?) divisions of the French armored mobile army had not been sent to rescue the  previously treachorously neutral Netherlands, they could have been used as a reserve, and they would have easily cut behind Guderian's ten Panzer divisions, and Hitler would have lost the war completely right there.

As it was, after rushing 400 kms in 2 days, they could not turn around (although they tried, but tanks cannot go that far without breakdowns).

Cioran, in indeed superb French, is deducing philosophy from general Gamelin's befuddled mind... Silly. But not some of what he says cannot be used... It's like the Qur'an...  

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by Patrice Ayme on Thu Jun 11th, 2009 at 01:34:53 PM EST
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had cut the dikes behind the French tanks, expecting just what happened...

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by Patrice Ayme on Thu Jun 11th, 2009 at 01:36:12 PM EST
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Maybe it was just the echo of the defeat in 1940, although to me it looks like I can still feel the end-of-history melancholy.

There was no comparison with the Nazi btw, I think Cioran 's reflexion about german lack of taste was the kind of remark writers and philosophers allow themselves to. One  once called belgian people molusques, in a rush of deep ennnui, so well :)

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by ValentinD (walentijn arobase free spot franša) on Fri Jun 12th, 2009 at 08:38:52 PM EST
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