Steve Schacher Posted February 20, 2003 Report Share Posted February 20, 2003 If you go back and reread my last post on the State Of The Union thread, you will see that the French and British have been sparring for centuries. The Statue of Liberty was given to the USA at a time when the French were still glowing in the bask of their former glory days, and before the USA emerged as a dominant world player. The NATO rift is really about France and England (again). It is France's last grab to be relevent in the EU by undermining the rise of Tony Blair. Here's a column that lays it all out pretty nicely: It's not really about Saddam. An excerpt: quote:To the French, something very astonishing has happened: "Europe" was supposed to be France writ large, a "union" built in France's image. To that end, they took it for granted that the entire Continent would inevitably come to be as semi-detached from NATO as the French have been since 1966. To M. Chirac, Tony Blair is the odd man out, with his strange Anglo-Saxon hang-ups about the transatlantic alliance. But, as has become obvious, to the Czechs, Poles, Bulgars, Romanians and everybody else, it's Chirac who's the misfit. What to do about this appalling l├¿se-majest├®? Answer: Get rid of Blair.It's a long, but well-written piece. I highly recommend reading it. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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