[OPE-L:8582] RE: France fried by U.S. Congress

From: mongiovg (mongiovg@stjohns.edu)
Date: Wed Mar 12 2003 - 12:43:20 EST

This is mind-boggling, and, for me, as disturbing as any recent development 
connected with the Iraq situation. One need not be a romantic about the 
Atlantic alliance, or its members, to think that the Bush government's attempt 
to demonize France & Germany to the American public is reckless and dangerous. 
These countries share a commitment to values that are indispensable to global 
peace and prosperity: democracy, human and civil rights, free speech, rule of 
law--the whole Enlightenment thing.

For the most senior members of a western democracy to PROMOTE domestic 
hostility towards such close allies (the French are ungrateful cowards, the 
Germans are unreliable friend) because, in pursuit of their own interests, 
they refuse to take direction from US officials, is irresponsible in the 
extreme. I would never have thought any western government capable of 
diplomatic spite of this magnitude and foolishness. The Bushites are prepared 
to discard long-standing international friendships that have widely been 
presumed essential to western security and well-being. These friendships are 
grounded in large part on shared values, and the reason for discarding them is 
that our friends refused to bend over and take it up the ass from us.

I am hard-pressed to think of comparable instances of willfully destructive 
behavior of this magnitude at such high levels of government. In the last six 
weeks or so I have truly come to understand the expression: "The inmates are 
running the asylum." I fear for the future of civilization.


Gary Mongiovi, Co-editor
Review of Political Economy
Economics & Finance Department
St John's University
Jamaica, NEW YORK 11439

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>===== Original Message From "gerald_a_levy" <gerald_a_levy@msn.com> =====
>A sign of the times:  the cafeterias in US House of Representative
>office buildings will no longer serve "French fries."  They are
>now listed on the menu as "Freedom fries"!
>Full story:  "Do You Want 'Freedom Fries' With That?"
>Although it sounds comical and petty,  this latest story is part
>of a wider rift among the imperialist nations over Iraq.  It does
>not take much imagination to see how this increased rivalry
>between the US and France (and Germany and Russia, etc.)
>could quickly escalate and spin out-of-control.  Also very
>disturbing is the demonization of the French in the US -- now
>they are portrayed in the media and by the government as
>"enemies of freedom."   This is a prelude to ... what?
>In solidarity, Jerry

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