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I USED TO LIKE FRANCE
I am sad and sorry for the loss of innocent lives by Muslim extremists globally and in France, and I wonder if the French believe they discovered terrorism? Where were the French when many Jews were murdered in France in the last few years? Where were the French when Arab terrorists murdered many Israeli civilians for years?
I used to like the French. My parents loved everything French, music, books, history and movies. They were educated by French culture in Egypt. I started from that base. I love French food, Edith Piaf and their old melodic music, Simon Signore and Yves Montand movies, and enjoyed my visits to France a number of times. Romantic picturesque Paris is lovely, I can walk its wide streets no end. The food, lovely. The Loire valley and its historical majestic châteaux are appealing too. And the Palace of Versailles and its gardens are amazing. But over the years, as I watched their conduct, I lost much of my respect for them. They think they are the center of the universe. They are not.
I have little sympathy for the French government, and the majority of that elected it. The French as individuals are usually nice people, but as a nation are self serving. They feel unique and special, thus allowed to do things other nations would feel ashamed of. The French philosopher, Revel, which was a member of the Academe Françoise, wrote a book about the negative attitude of the French public and elite towards the U.S... He defined is as a mental illness of the French.
The French gave very little help with the global fight against terror, always thinking they are smarter, better than us. Obama knows much more than the public about the negative French behavior for many decades. Our president started slowly but learned to use force when needed, and increased markedly the use of quiet, unseen drones to terminate key terrorists over hostile territories.
Why the French awareness of terrorists is emerging only now? Is their blood so much redder than any other suffering people, including innocent Israelis murdered by Muslim terrorists that the French have been supporting for half a century?
Without a doubt, there would have been no march and no protest if only Jews were murdered in Paris. Other French Jews were murdered in France in the last few years. Did you see any French parades against that?
The French, similarly to most of Europe, have a long history of anti-Semitism and anti Israel attitude and conduct. Just look below at their behavior towards Jews and Israel from WWII on.
Increasing the Holocaust. When Germany took part of France in WWII, the French Vichee government volunteered to locate additional Jews in areas under its own control, and send them to the concentration camps in Germany- to oblivion. Note, the Germans did not force them to do it, nor had control in that region in France. Tens of thousands of Jews were murdered by this act, initiated by the French.
BTW. On one of my enjoyable visits to France, I could not find the memorial for the French Jews murdered in WWII. After a long search it was through a small, hard to find gate, and of minimal significance.
The French were making lots of money as the major suppliers of weapons to Israel, until the 1967 war. Then French president General de Gaulle declared embargo on weapons to Israel at the initiation of the fighting claiming Israel is the aggressor since it started it. He went even further, quarantined Israeli Navy fast missile boats that were built in Germany and were outfitted with electronics in Cherbourg, a French harbor. They were already paid for and were not owned by the French. He did not allow them to leave but the Israeli outsmarted him sneaking the boats out into Israel. The French Minister of Defense wanted to bomb the escaping boats, but the French Prime Minister refused.
After all nations agreed to stop atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons since it was spreading nuclear contamination globally, France ignored it and continued its open testing against global protests. Even using force and killed environmentalists who tried to stop them. When the French feels it is in their interest they ignore any opposition or any international laws.
A decade ago, when Palestinians terrorized Israeli civilians that resulted in many, many deaths, including bombing of a Passover celebration in Netanya, Teenager club in Tel Aviv and many more, France had not opposed it in words or deeds. When Israel was a washed with the blood of terrorism France said and did nothing to help. For the French It was an Israeli problem
When Israel was attacked by Syria and Egypt in the 1973 devastating Yom Kippur War, France said noting and did nothing to help Israel. Not only that- FRANCE REFUSED TO ALLOW U.S. EMERGENCY AIRLIFT OF WEAPONS TO LAND THERE FOR REFUELING. The rest of Europe refused too. Only Portugal allowed it. Another example of active European anti-Semitism!
France did not scream, did not put pressure on Arafat to stop his terrorism, oppositely. French president Mitterrand influenced Arafat to reject the uniquely generous pro Palestinian offer of PM Ehud Barak in 2000, brokered by President Clinton.
Give me a good reason, beside the loss of innocent lives obviously, that we should care about French suffering? What good did they do for us Jews or for Israelis lately? Or for the U.S? French president after president, French government after French government have been against Israel. France has supported the Palestinians and Abbas in the Security Council and most other opportunities we know of.
Why the current outrage? Was their Muslim Terrorism any different from the rest of the world? Than 9/11? Than in London? Than in Madrid? Than in Israel? You now realize how they think. They are the center of the world. Yes, the French believe so. They are innocent and do not deserve terrorism. However, the Israelis have to suffer from Muslim terrorism, they deserve it, and it is the French mantra all the time.
I would hate to think what the French would do to Hamas and Gaza if they were on the receiving end of the Gaza's rockets? France is 25 times larger than Israel, so the equivalent amount of rockets that would have been dropped on France by Hamas would have been 35,000 rockets in a few weeks. What would the French do? Just think about it! Gaza would disappear and most of its people would have been killed by France.
At this sad time, I am sorry for the loss of life of any innocent people around the world, but have little sympathy for the French government or the people who elected it.