>>Le Monde, who wrote "We are all Americans" was not a supportive article of the US. I suspect you didn't actually read the article. What the actual article meant was that we are all vulnerable to >>terrorist attacks. It was not an article of unity. Moreover, Le Monde (same author) clarified that the US basically had it coming and our acts before and after made the world more dangerous.
Draginol, I've read it, and you can find the article on a lot of websites. It seems that either YOU didn't read it, you didn't understand it, or you've read the translation on FoxNews web site
"" Dans ce moment tragique où les mots paraissent si pauvres pour dire le choc que l’on ressent, la première chose qui vient à l’esprit est celle-ci : nous sommes tous Américains ! Nous sommes tous New-Yorkais, aussi sûrement que John Kennedy se déclarait, en 1962 à Berlin, Berlinois. Comment ne pas se sentir en effet, comme dans les moments les plus graves de notre histoire, profondément solidaires de ce peuple et de ce pays, les Etats-Unis, dont nous sommes si proches et à qui nous devons la liberté, et donc notre solidarité."
I'll try to do my best to translate, sorry for the mistake:
"In this tragic moment when the words seems so weak to tell the schock that we are feeling, the first thing that comes to mind is this one: we are all American ! We are all New-Yorkers, as sure as John Kennedy was calling himself in 1962 in Berlin, a Berliner. How counldn't we feel, like in the difficultest moment of our history, profoundly solidar of this people and this country, the united state, from which we are so close and to which we owe liberty and therefore our solidarity"
This is only the begining of the article, it's true that the following is speaking how democraty are vulnerable to terrorism but not the way you pretend it does.
You have probably noticed that just after the event, a lot of americans intellectuals and newspapers were debating about the US role in the world, the US influence and behavior that had had an indirect role in the 9/11 attacks. All this was quickly wiped out by the patriotic fever as I call it. The same fever that had lead French soldier to go to war singing and happy against the german in 1918 & 1939...
There would be a lot to say in the post 9/11 events... Just few open questions : Do you remember how and when the anthrax affair finnaly ended ? Have you heard as I did that Mohamed Atta's passport was found in the rumbles of WTC ? Do you understand why the few plane black boxes that were recovered are not disclosed for the sake of national security ?
I recomend the movie "The World According to Bush" that you can find on Amazon, I prefered it to Michael Moore's one because I dislike the ironic "tone" of Moore which, I think, weaken the arguments.
>>I have been to France. It is dirty, and the people are rude crude and uncalled for. The France you describe is not available to >>Americans. If the French find out you are American (I assumed it >>was all foreigners, but in that I could be mistaken), you are >>spat on and treated with the utmost contempt.
Oh yeah, I know other "facts", I've heard them on fox news : We take a shower a month, french food is bad, we are all depraved and arogant etc, etc... I even heard a scary neo-cons interview that was telling that goup sex was a "normal social practice" during the 19th century ! I have to quesiton my grandma about that
There's actualy some anti-americanism in France, that's certain, but not has much (and at the same argument level) as there's a Francophibia in the US, relayed by major medias, which is not the case in France.
France is dirty, the french are the most terrible hosts and meanwhile France is the most touristic country of the world. From what I can read from you, there's no doubt you are not the kind of person I would welcome open arms
I admit, lately the climat for American tourist coming with big USA flag shirt in France must be bad. However I have a lot of american friends to who the France I describe is available and who have no problem in France, maybe a question of behavior ?
>>What's ALSO funny is the FACT that every intelligence agency in the world *including* "France" said the same damn thing.
Have you been living on this earth the last two years ? Where are the evidence ? where are the wmds now ? do you still believe that wmds were the reason for the war ? Even US official have been switching their retoric, the war was finnaly to bring freedom and democraty to the irak people (which I still hope they will get).
"Not out of choice to be one, but out of choice to post on the thread and actually be from France..not just French American."
I do no pretend to represent France or the whole french people ! As I told you, France is not white bright in the way it acted in the past and even today. We have our morons over here too ! In the same way I try not to blame all americans for the acts of the president (it's getting harder with the re-election but I try to blame the propaganda...) I'm not a french american, I'm just french, does it make it worse ?
I just stopped on this blog by chance, but when I saw yet another hatefull article on France, I had to give a different sound bell.
Sorry for being so long, there'd be some much to say...
God bless America & may not forget the rest of the world