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A new principle of international relations

Yesterday, I read some news that led me to a startling conclusion. I had discovered a new rule, a new principle of international relations that tied together a bunch of events and trends. And like all great insights, it is stunning in its simplicity:

There is no situation so bad that it cannot be exacerbated by the French.

Pearl Harbor? The attack that led to the United States entering World War II, and ultimately leading to the liberation of France? According to some French military officers, the attack was laudable.

The China/Taiwan conflict? Why, back the Communist dictators against a flourishing democracy!

And now we have the French attempting to intervene in the Zacarias Moussaoui case. Some are even saying that France wants to take custody of him, a French citizen of Moroccan extraction, and imprison him for us.

Just how bad an idea is this? Let me count the ways.

Un. The French have a very sizable and very boisterous, even rebellious, Muslim population. They have been demanding more and more concessions to their "culture" and "faith" and "way of life" from the France, under threats of violence, and (quelle surprise) been getting them. It wouldn't take long at all for freedom for Moussaoui to rise to the top of their lists of demands, once he is in the custody of the French government.

Deux. The French have a long-established history of conceding to demands, yielding in the face of violence and threats of violence. The first time a French citizen is kidnapped and offered for Moussaoui, he'll be loaded up with cheese and wine and stuck on the first Air France flight to wherever he wants to go.

Trois. France's foreign policy seems centered around providing a "counter" to the United States, attempting to block whatever we wish to do with an almost-Pavlovian passion. If we are for something, they automatically oppose it without bothering to consider the issue on its own merits.

Quatre. Moussaoui's crimes were uniquely against Americans and the United States as a nation. We have the right and the duty to punish him for his actions against us, and to surrender him to any other nation would not only be a violation of our sovereignty, but a betrayal of all those who died on 9/11 and their families who counted on the United States to bring about some measure of justice.

I could go on, with reasons cinq through dix and beyond, but the point is stunningly simple: this is not France's affair. They need to worry far more about their own problems (and they are legion) and butt the hell out.

I am reminded of the buildup to the war in Iraq. While we were attempting to recruit allies, France was doing all it could to stymie us. They openly bribed African nations to oppose us in the UN, and leaned heavily on the newly-liberated countries of Eastern Europe to stay out of the matter. Jacques Chirac said, after the fact, that they "missed a great opportunity to shut up."

Good advice, France. Practice what you preach.


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Comments (11)

Lets do France in once and ... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Lets do France in once and for all. Knowing they will do the opposite, the U.S. should advocate France crack down on it's Muslim immigrants and curtail additional Muslim immigration. Once Muslims reach some critical mass, France will have all it can handle at home with little time to stick it's big nose into international affairs.

MoussaNON!... (Below threshold)

MoussaNON!

Your insight is a modificat... (Below threshold)
Jim:

Your insight is a modification of occasionally sober Brendan Behan's observation

"There is no human situation so miserable that it cannot be made worse by the presence of a policeman."

France has a proven history... (Below threshold)
Socratease:

France has a proven history of betraying their trust in these situations. They freed two DGSE agents involved in the mining and sinking of the Rainbow Warrior in New Zeland soverign waters and the consequent murder of a crewmember, after they coerced New Zeland into transferring custody of the convicted agents to France to serve out their sentence, no doubt under the same treaties they are quoting in regards to Moussaoui.

Great insight. Very simila... (Below threshold)
Matt:

Great insight. Very similar to..
No matter how bad it is in your country, it will only get worse after the U.N. shows up.

Maybe the French want Moussaoui because as a terrorist he was about as competent and effective as the French Army?

Hmmmm.Frankly if t... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmmm.

Frankly if the US government hands him over to the French then this government has no legitimacy in my view.

The French simply want all ... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

The French simply want all resources available to them for appeasement to Muslim strong-arming in the future. Moussaoui fits this use nicely.

He is going where... (Below threshold)
Tincan Sailor:


He is going where he belongs a SUPER MAX!!!!
5'X7' of cement and steel no human contact
24-7 I wonder how many years before he starts
to drool on himself,the only thing better would
to keep it totaly blacked out,one can only
wish!!!

I'ld say, "Give France back... (Below threshold)
kbiel:

I'ld say, "Give France back to the Germans," but the Germans are a bunch of Euro-socialist weenies too.

Don't worry about not going... (Below threshold)

Don't worry about not going past four. If I remember my limited French, quatre cinq(s) the French every time...

You forgot to mention the s... (Below threshold)
lakestate:

You forgot to mention the small SE Asian Country the US had to bail the French out of - that cost us over 50,000 American lives.




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