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April 28, 2005



Let's hope France votes no!


France should realize that it can't have cake and it eat too.

Bill Rice

Niraj and Dan,

I agree wholeheartedly with you both! Thanks for the comments.

Kind regards,

Bill Rice
Dawn's Early Light

The Redhunter

"The French regard with great sadness their declining status and prestige..."

Where was it that I read this - Victor Davis Hanson, maybe? - "the Frence have taken the position of all declining powers; if they can't lead, then noone else can either."

Thus their constant attempts to frustrate U.S. policy.

Excellent post Bill, it is a very interesting read.

It's even worse for the French when you consider their unassimillated Arab/Muslim immigrants. Unemployment among them is higher, and anti-Semetic crime increasing. I've read that French politicians take their votes into account when considering policy, as these immigrants take up maybe 10% of the population. It's a veritable time bomb.


I agree with Redhunter, with one modification. Britain was a declining power that cut its losses (abandoned the Commonwealth) to piggy-back on too rising powers (America and Europe). While individual decisions by London are open to question, the policy as a whole worked well.

France has shown no such ability to manage its future. She is dreaming of a past long gone and a future that will never arrive.

Bruce Chang

I suppose we can pay France a backhanded compliment by noting that post-War France has been very consistent, while the UK has been very opportunistic. The problem is that France has been very consistent about being opportunistic about spreading challenging whoever's at the top, while the UK has been opportunistic about spreading its values along with America.

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