Another reason not to like the French right now

From American Thinker:

The French will flex military their “military muscle” to shoot down Israeli observation jets. After years of ignoring Hezbollah preparations to terrorize Israel, after hiding a video that could have helped Israel find out what happened to soldiers murdered by Hezbollah in 2001 (the kidnappers used trucks with UNIFIL identification, trucks that UNIFIL found with the blood of the Israeli victims and that were promptly returned to Hezbollah), after providing Hezbollah with information about Israeli troop movements during the recent Hezbollah-Israel war, after stating that it will not disarm Hezbollah terrorists or prevent their return to southern Lebanon, UNIFIL finally finds some backbone: they intend to shoot at Israeli aircraft monitoring Hezbollah terrorists.

Here’s the story from Haaretz:

Commanders of the French contingent of the United Nations force in Lebanon have warned that they might have to open fire if Israel Air Force warplanes continue their overflights in Lebanon, Defense Minister Amir Peretz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday.

Peretz said that nevertheless, Israel would continue to patrol the skies over Lebanon as long as United Nations resolution 1701 remained unfilfilled, adding that such operations were critical for the country’s security, especially as the abducted IDF soldiers remain in Hezbollah custody and the transfer of arms continue.

Over the past few days, Peretz said, Israel had gathered clear evidence that Syria was transfering arms and ammunition to Lebanon, meaning that the embargo imposed by UN Resolution 1701 was not being completely enforced.

I do not like the French. They are unprincipled.

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  • Ymarsakar

    I disagree, the French are very principled. Their principles start and end at,

    1. That which benefits me, shall be furthered, that which gets in my way shall be obliterated.

    When French troops commit an atrocity, as in the Ivory Coast, the French yell for a day or two and then yawn. They never let anything like that affect a vote. It would never occur to them that heads should roll and that they should throw out the President responsible. Just as it never occurs to a child that he must do anything about the misbehavior of a parent.

    Except in one area — whatever affects the child personally. THAT children yell and scream about. Cut their allowance? Plug your ears, here it comes! Same with the French: They never take action on any matter that doesn’t affect their personal pocketbooks. And then, boy, do they take action. Massive general strikes that bring the economy to a grinding halt. AND riots.


    Danny brought up a good point about stereotypes and how individuals don’t fit them. As I view it, how one views every one that is part of a culture, is different from how people view individuals of any culture. Individuals are taken on a case by case basis, in my view, or shoudl be. But cultures or nations may be taken in all at once, in a macroscopic scale. By averaging what they will do, have done, is likely to do, and so forth. Not just of any one person, because there are pro-Americans in France as hard as that is to believe, and they aren’t American expats either, but of ALL the people combined in france or a specific culture/nation.

    Stereotypes don’t work for individuals, then, because individuals numbers can’t be derived from average numbers. Technically, instantaneous velocity cannot be derived from average velocity.

  • jg

    Well, if it’s the French (esp. the UN version) versus the Israelis, I know where my money is going.
    Oh, surely the French represent all that is, as you say, Bookworm, ‘unprincipled’ about Europe today. They have a long history of it.

    We all know that various nations from Sudan to North Korea and Iran defy UN dictates.

    AS for the rearming taking place, you probably have read this. Russia stirs the pot, too.

  • ravana

    I like the French. They have sexy accents and invented crepes.

  • Danny Lemieux

    That was a profound observation, R. Was that “crepes” or “creeps”?

  • JJ

    Oh hell, that’s not a problem. All the Israelis have to do is fire back once or twice, the Froggies’ll go home and the whole issue will be self-resolving.

  • Ymarsakar

    Ya, but the French knows that Israel will just talk, right?

    Isn’t that what “Good” people, talk before cutting the violator’s heads off?

    There has got to be a reason France went Vichy, rather than staying to fight the good fight. And I think it had something to do with the fact that they understood that one side was going to kill them for resisting, and the other side would reward them if the French betrayed them betrayed.

    If only the Israelis would blow up a French thingamabobe, and NOT apologize. NOT. I mean really, not apologize. Just act like it was the French’s fault. That might get France to go away.

  • Danny Lemieux

    France doesn’t like to fight against people that shoot back. It’s far easier to feel powerful when shooting down demonstrators in the Ivory Coast. They know that the world won’t care.

  • Ymarsakar

    There are few things that a few hundred thousand US dollars won’t solve in this world.