Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Happy CESM Jail Break Day


Or something like that. I was swamped today (still am) and never got around to composing a suitable Bastille Day column ala the great Jonah Goldberg.

Fortunately, Global Anglophone Mark Steyn is way ahead of me.
Just before the Iraq war, there was a spot of bother in Ivory Coast. We can skip the details - President Wossname represents the southern Wotchamacallit tribe and they’re unpopular with natives in the northern province of Hoogivsadam. Something like that. But next thing you know, French troops have locked down the entire joint and forced both parties into a deeply unpopular peace deal that suits the Quai d’Orsay but nobody else. All of this while the UN is hunkered down in a month-long debate on whether to approve Article IV Sub-section 7.3 (d) of Hans Blix’s Baghdad hotel bill. Ivory Coast is nominally a sovereign state. The French have no more right to treat it as a colony than the British have to treat Iraq as a colony. But they do. And they don’t care what you think about it.

So in 2003 they weren’t appeasing Saddam. On the matter of Islamic terrorists killing American office workers and American forces killing Iraqi psychopaths, they are equally insouciant. Let’s say the Islamists had long-range WMDs. If they nuked Montpelier (Vermont), M. Chirac would insist that Bush needed to get a strong Security Council resolution before responding. If they nuked Montpellier (France), Iraq would be a crater by lunchtime.
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But of course, like most Americans, I am simplisme. A badge I wear as proudly as I do that of nekulturny.
Global Anglophone - Mr. Steyn hails from Canada, lives in Vermont, and writes in London. The Anglosphere's first true citizen.

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