Saturday, September 16, 2006

Blair has already been replaced

French ex-Prime Minister Laurent Fabius has stated that "Nicolas Sarkozy is Bush's poodle". Un peu fort de café de la part d'un type qui était vide-couille pour Mitterand. It should be noted that Fabius' rabid anti-Americanism has already proved costly and life threatening for his fellow citizens.

Don't you go shaking that thang.

MK points out the one thing the French won’t regulate. Showing rare wisdom in not making yet another law for yet another occasion, it seems to result in do-gooders annoying other do-gooders - always a good source of comedy.the fuse is lit!

Understatement of the century

'L'Europe ne dit pas ce qu'elle fait ; elle ne fait pas ce qu'elle dit'.

-- Pierre Bourdieu

Friday, September 15, 2006

What will be has always been

Europe’s main export: mental masturbation.

Published in Le Monde on 11 September, as Americans commemorated the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and their victims. From Plantu’s pea-brained intellect: "all the same." Founding democracies and Islamist fascism are morally equivalent.

Well, Whaddja Expect? It's Only Been Six Years, After All…

I thought America's president was supposed to be the big idiot, but France's newspaper of reference still can't get the name of Georges Bush right after six years…

Time to Listen to All Sides of the Debate…

Meanwhile, Le Monde continues its webchats with experts on the subject of terrorism, Iraq, and everything else in the universe, all of whom, from Rémy Ourdan to Jean-Luc Marret, happen to be French and all of whom just happen to know all the mistakes, all the errors, all the idiocies, and all the fallacies in logical thinking of the Americans (and the neo-con hawks) and few to none of those (always cropping up are those ubiquitous "buts") of the reasonable and ever-lucid French (and members of the peace camp).

Update (thanks to Tom Pechinski): with regards to double standards and terrorism, Gateway Pundit has quite something to say…

A nation of animal lovers gets their priorities straight.

...If’n you get my drift. A mangy, herpetic, dead ape sparks more fear than “superfriends” style terror threats.

No, I really don’t want to know why. Shouldn't they be going apeshit as usual?

No comment

And your proof is, um, where?

...”security here = war there”...

Mocking, obviously – but also absent reality. War THERE has meant no WAR here. I guess that also means that they admit it's a war, and that terrorist shitsacks are after civilization - even though I'm quite sure they wouldn't ever consciously imply that. I guess history just isn’t truthy enough to fit Le Monde’s world view, mmm, okay? Alles klar, Herr Kommissar.

First Canada, Then Germany…

Now France. (Or should we say "the treacherous sons of France"? (merci à Tom Pechinski et Arf who comments that it "Looks like anti-Americanism didn't save them") Neither did anything else — see the poster that didn't do much good.)
Al Qaeda's deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri … urged a militant Algerian Islamist group to punish 'Crusader nation' France, even though it vehemently opposed the U.S.-led war in Iraq
PS: Notice how Le Monde buries France's being a target deep inside its article while its headline ignores the fact that France is a terrorist group's "enemy number 1".

Moving the Goalposts

The biggest news item of the summer was not the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, nor was it the foiled terrorist attacks on U.S.-bound airliners flying out of London
writes Ben Duffy.
The biggest story of the summer was a report from the National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC), which announced the discovery of approximately 500 chemical munitions uncovered in Iraq.

In other words, WMD have been found in Iraq. While you might expect this bombshell (pun intended) to rock the Iraq war debate, nothing of the sort has happened. Quickly deemed insignificant, this report has been ignored by the so-called "anti-war" Left and the laughably "non-partisan" American media.

In order to justify putting this incredibly significant story on the back page, the media needed a reason why these chemical munitions were not really consequential after all. They came up with two such justifications.
Read the rest…

Thursday, September 14, 2006

What passes for "human warmth" these days in EUtopia

Indeed, how very “genuine”. This guy thinks that a family’s argumentative “raging out” and ignoring paying guests is some kind of floor show:

I just this week read a story in Ouest-France about how this whole category has exploded in the last 15 years in France, growing from barely 12,000 to 34,000 official chambres d'hôtes (this includes everything labelled Gîtes de France, Clévacances, Accueil Paysan, Fleurs de Soleil or Bienvenue au Château).

They're so great… cheaper than a hotel, but often much prettier, with breakfast and sometimes other real meals on top, plus, just like the article said, they are overflowing with "authenticity" and "human warmth". I just love all that human warmth.
Just this past week, for example, my family and I stayed in one in Tours and it was so warm at the dinner table it got hot. There was shouting and table-pounding, bad language and a mild-mannered Belgian couple fleeing for their room. I never had so much fun — and all just part of the service.
Uh, like NOT. It’s called ambivalence to people and their feelings, even if they are paying guests. It sounds like they would pay more attention to their cattle.

September 11 Wall Street Sonnets and Other New York City Poems

45 New York City poems by the Wall Street Poet, Eugene Schlanger, in a special English-French bi-lingual edition now available for North American readers (European orders will be taken starting next week).

September 11 Wall Street Sonnets

  • Signs Of Wonder
  • The Rain
  • Former Friends And Lovers
  • So Many And So Few
  • Afghanistan
  • Traders’ Call To Arms
  • A New Saloon
  • The Wrong Direction
  • The Babbling Technician
  • Unaccounted For
  • Flags And Pins
  • Sikhs Are Mistaken For Arabs And Attacked
  • Benevolence And Greed
  • Porters And Promoters
  • Cigarettes
  • The Fixed Income Salesman’s Pitch
  • Nothing Happened
  • Stuyvesant High School
  • Bagpipes
  • Fin de siècle

2002 - The Return

  • Return to the Financial District
  • Afternoon Interlude At Trinity Church
  • Advice to Tourists

2003 - Death Again

  • Wall Street
  • Counselors
  • Made For Television
  • Disgracing Ground Zero
  • In Memory Of Michael Leonard
  • Death Again Descends
  • The Children’s Crusade
  • 8 Mute Minimal Designs

2004 - At War

  • In God We Trust
  • Meditation In A Time Of War
  • View From The Millenium Hilton
  • Economic Sense
  • Towards An Anti-War Poetry Reading
  • Greenwich Village On Veterans Day
  • Monument For Civil Servants

2005 - For the Corporate Dead

  • Reading Balzac Reveals Intimacies
  • The Desecration Of Ground Zero
  • How To Master Grief
  • Against Convention At Ground Zero
  • For the Corporate Dead
  • The Political Season
  • The Sentinel

We Are All New Yorkers

  • Elegy for Daniel Pearl

Panzer Pope

Bog blast them.

France's Forgotten Journalist

Florence [Aubenas] was the beneficiary of strong media involvement because she is a journalist
Paulo A Paranagua reports Corinne Vallerent as saying last October, as the glitterati of Paree joined for a tear fest for Ingrid Betancourt, a French hostage held by Columbian rebels (needless to say, the article's final sentence has singer Renaud discover that the bottom line of the tragic situation is that the culprit is… American dollars).

As for Aubenas herself (who recently decided to quit Libération with three colleagues for principled monetary grounds), her latest book has to do with an infamous pedophilia trial in France (which evolved into in a scandal in its own right when it was learned that for the French justice ministry had botched the investigation, condemning several innocent people). Regarding her time as a hostage in Iraq, strangely enough, she has never written a book about that experience.

When Jacques Chirac spoke about the release of Florence Aubenas in June 2005 (read about the mysteries surrounding the release of the French journalist and of Hussein Hannoun), the president added that he hoped that this would not let the French forget France's other hostages throughout the world, the example he chose to mention being Ingrid Betancourt (who has spent now four Christmases in captivity in Columbia's jungles; whose husband has nominated the disappeared woman as candidate for president of Columbia; who, as explained in Jacques Thomet's Ingrid Betancourt, was the object of an Indiana Jones-type secret rescue mission [Opération 14 juillet] in 2003; and whose friend, Clara Rojas, is little heard of in France although she vanished on the same trip as Ingrid).

What was important, though, was the vanished journalist whom Chirac did not mention.

On the 150th day of the Aubenas kidnapping, 150 ships gathered in Marseille, reports Patrice Claude, and for the 170th day, a banner was due to be unveiled atop the Mont Blanc. At one point, an Airbus A380 carried her and Hannoun's names on its flanks.

Le Monde marked the hundredth day of the disappearance of Florence Aubenas with an opinion piece on its front page by her mother Jacqueline, accompanied inside by Giuliana Sgrena's letter to Florence and her chauffeur.

Besides saying she will never feel totally free until the fate of Nicola Calipari's death is cleared up (apparently she doesn't read the news, but then again that would be the type of news that newspapers like hers would not report — no, what Sgrena means is that she won't rest until it is determined that the Italian secret serviceman's death is irrefutably seen as an integral part of Uncle Sam's illegal, reprehensible, and criminal venture in Iraq), the Italian (cough) journalist wrote:

I ignore who your kidnappers are, but even the most ferocious of warriors can not remain insensitive to these calls [to free you]. If they truly want the liberation of Iraq, they cannot deprive Iraqis from their freedom of information. Because our only objective is that to inform, to make the world aware of the suffering of the Iraqi people under the occupation. The kidnappers they too will understand that, you will make them understand, I am sure of it.

My destiny crossed yours, the people who demonstrated for our freedom and for that of Iraq on the squares of Rome and Paris made no distinction. Florence, Hussein, Giuliana and, now, the Romanian journalists.

The Romanian journalists? Yes, the French media never made much of it, but for almost two months, three Romanian journalists went missing in Baghdad. (In fact, the media made so little of this kidnapping that the RSF page and the Sgrena letter were the first place and the first time I heard of it.)

Meanwhile, there is a missing French reporter who has been largely forgotten in the deal. His photo is missing from the posters "at every step, in every city", and even with an association devoted to him, there is nowhere as much media hoopla as there is for Florence.

Although every so often, some noise arises for Guy-André Kieffer (notably when an Ivory Coast officer was arrested in early February and when those responsible for his kidnapping seemed to have been identified in early September), the level of decibels is nowhere near that for Aubenas or that for Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot, the first two French reporters to be kidnapped by "ferocious warriors". Just see the difference in the mobilisation for Aubenas and in the demonstration for Kieffer.

France on Friday [April 15, 2005] showed its support for a French reporter and her Iraqi interpreter taken hostage in Baghdad 100 days ago with torch-lit rallies, messages of support in the media and balloons.

The country's newspapers ran front-page headlines, television networks used corner logos and radio stations broadcast messages of support to mark the 100th day in captivity for reporter Florence Aubenas and Hussein Hanun al-Saadi. …

On Saturday, 100,000 balloons [were] released in 100 cities across the country in a sign of support for the reporting duo.

Compare with:
Members of Reporters without Borders (RSF) on Friday threw buckets of liquid chocolate at the gates of the Ivorian embassy in Paris, demanding information about a journalist who vanished in Abidjan a year ago.

"We're throwing chocolate because it's the government's 'slush fund' and everyone knows that (Ivorian) President Laurent Gbagbo is responsible for the disappearance of Guy-André," RSF secretary general Robert Menard told AFP.

Guy-André Kieffer, a Franco-Canadian independent journalist, disappeared from a crowded shopping mall in Ivory Coast's commercial hub Abidjan in April last year.

The members of the international, Paris-based media watchdog group, wearing white jumpsuits, threw about 10 buckets of liquid chocolate at the embassy's gates and then stuck fake dollar bills into the sticky mess.

"Truth for Guy-André!" they shouted.

As for the first anniversary of GAK's disappearance, as Eric Fottorino pointed out, it was passed over in silence.

What might seem to account for the difference?

Well, a cynic (or a realist) might say that when tragedies and scandals (or would-be scandals) concern or involve the Yankee bogeyman, French politicians, media outlets, and common citizens make a big deal out of it. When tragedies and scandals (or would-be tragedies and scandals) — at least the international kind — touch French leaders (in this case, blood for cocoa), there is much less pressure to go to the same extent as with l'Oncle Sam.

A rare letter to the editor in Le Monde said as much in February 2005, mentioning the many links between France's élite and the corrupt politicians off Abidjan. (Unfortunately, Aline Richard's letter to the editor amounted to nothing but a token article.)

Two journalists. Two people lost from sight trapped in those so numerous conflicts, where journalist rhymes with pest. … Florence, Guy-André: two experienced professionals victims of "work-related accidents".

If the two situations are so similar, why then such a difference in their treatment? French authorities mobilized with no second thoughts for Florence Aubenas. That is normal, legitiamate, expected. It should have been the same for Guy-André. So what happened?…

Since [the first days of Kieffer's disappearance], French authorities have not "moved heaven and earth to learn the truth about the disappearance of Guy-André Kieffer", as President Chirac promised us. On the contrary.…

Double standards. And for other reasons, the same inequality has shown itself in the media's treatment of the two cases. As friends of Guy-André and as journalists, we have trouble living it well. Put yourself in our shoes. Taking a stand besides the posters of Florence Aubenas and Hussein Hanoun all over the Paris métro, we are members of that sacred union to save them, which brings together prestigious journalists, politicians, artists, and business leaders. Then, a malaise sets in. Why, instead of the advertisement in the poster next to theirs, is there not a portrait of Guy-André? Are there two categories of countries in which to disappear, the "good" ones and the "bad" ones?

In the latter, France participates actively in the local political games, has interests to defend, and doesn't want to make waves. No exit from the crisis, no future in Ivory Coast without Laurent Gbagbo, who must be preserved, as our leaders, or at least an important part of them, have concluded. Ivory Coast's president has sure friends in Paris, on the right, on the left, on the sidelines and in the cabinets. Those pillars of support never fail to weaken, no matter the régime's corruption, the death squads, the numerous abusess denounced by the UN and, previously, by journalists such as Guy-André Kieffer. It has been more than [850] days since GAK disappeared. We want him not to be forgotten.

Régisseur dadaïste

If he only knew that there really is virtually no such thing as self-deprecating French humor:

Director Oliver Stone, whose mother was French, adds, "And it helps that they don't complain about it. The French dish it out, but they can take it too. Their arrogance does not mask insecurity. They're confident of their culture and have a long tradition of self-criticism."
Usually, it’s a bigger hit when deprecating others, but that’s another story

Wednesday, September 13, 2006


Jose Bové, killing them softly:
But as he told the French press in a self-proclaimed move of solidarity with his captured brethren, "I act with my face uncovered, I take responsibility for my actions."

This sort of brazenly unapologetic rhetoric is typical of Bové, who justified this crime just like he has his others -- by claiming to have uncovered evidence of "genetic pollution" and a "risk of contamination" to nearby organic farms.

If that sounds like spin without any scientific basis, that's because it is. As Bove's detractors (otherwise known as "scientists") point out, genetically modified foods -- which grow faster and are more disease-resistant than their "natural" counterparts -- have saved millions of people from starving to death.

Dédicace Fnac Saint Lazare

Erik Svane et Dan Greenberg dédicaceront leur album à la Fnac Saint-Lazare aujourd'hui 13 septembre à partir de 17h.
Synopsis: À 32 ans, Léonardo est un des artistes les plus réputés d'Italie, menant une vie foisonnante, s'adonnant allégrement aussi bien à la peinture qu'à des inventions en tous genres.

Jusqu'au jour où le Vatican découvre avec enthousiasme les machines de guerre novatrices imaginées par le jeune Florentin. En effet, il se trouve qu'au Saint-Siège se prépare dans le plus grand secret une nouvelle Croisade — la première en 250 ans — dont on confie le commandement au charismatique Général Scharano.

Le Vatican décide aussitôt de se servir des fameux engins inventés par Léonardo afin de mettre à bien son expédition... Ce qui n'enchante pas vraiment l'inventeur au caractère irrévérencieux...
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I think you can come out now

How is it that all of these alarmist crackpots sound alike when they make irresponsible allegations and absurd predictions?
A sidewalk handbill, Philadelphia, PA, USA:

Alas, when in doubt, revise:
« A titre privé j’avais fait la prévision que les Etats-Unis interviendraient militairement en Iran en 2005. Je me suis révélé un prophète aux capacités bien limitées. Mais je me demande maintenant si nous devons nous en réjouir en 2006. »

I had forecasted that the United States would intervene militarily in Iran in 2005. It seems I'm a rather unskilled fortuneteller. But I wonder now if we’ll be able to expect it in 2006.
Thank the fantasists, their endless opimism, and their persistence in the face of history. 12 September has become a international holiday marked by watching the faces of the overraught turn red, tap their feet and imitate Gilda Radner: Never mind!

If you want to ask them WHY the nuking hasn't started yet, you can call them at (code+)325-670-9494, or drop them a line at

“I’m not going to run away from this.”

There are few things quite as striking as a comedian speaking his mind about pluralism and the tolerance a good society has for a broad range of opinion:

"I’m not going to run away from this. This is a defining moment for our generation. For one generation, it was the assassination of Kennedy, for another it's 9/11."
Via Newsbusters, we find the Late Late Show’s Craig Ferguson setting the jokes aside as he takes a moment to reflect on 9/11, calling it an “ill wind” that won’t shake us loose.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006


French crushing of dissent.

Reunited and it feels so good

Whacky he-she and former police captain wants to make the personal genital political.

Tch, Tch, Tch…

Just a reminder ...

... for readers who appreciated Bertrand Latour's 9-11 piece. You can pre-order his new book due out in January (with Flammarion) on The very few pro-American French writers still out there need all our support. The Vietnamese edition of 1984 with Bertrand's French language preface (available end of September), will also be available with translated editions of his preface in Vietnamese and English, by the end of the year.

The West is the best

You just get here, we'll do the rest.

Regime des bananes.

The Swedish social model that lefty is so much in love with is increasingly showing itself to be an inconcealable third-world cesspit.

Of the failed state, TheBusiness says:

Unemployment in general is high, too, with some estimates suggesting it could be above 20%, triple the official rate. Plus, on any given day, one-fifth of the workforce is at home sick. Furthermore, around one-quarter of those under 25 are out of work.

But hey, this is the country that other left wing politicians Europe fawn over. Is it the Swedish healthcare system they love so much? This is the same system that let a friend limp around for more than a year as he waited for a surgeon to find time to repair his knee. “We have great healthcare, if you get to see a doctor,” he says sardonically. I’m sure the health minister would say this is just another anecdote.
Among other things. Ségo should be careful for what she wishes for.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Some of his friends call him Maurice

I suggest the Eurowanker of the day award go as a group to anyone who finds this funny.

That was the day that was

Embarrassed by their own hatred – Quick! Rationalize!

Jacquard calls the revisionist theories that say no plane hit the Pentagon nothing but marketing tools. Boniface (below) opens his gob and says that these >theories are the price to pay for Bush's lies about why we invaded Iraq...

In other words, the only combat they can do is to lie.

My spy (who can stomache watching this crap) saw this DGSE or DST security type, basically, talking in circles about nothing. Someone please put the cloth back over his cage.

Nicolas Sarkozy goes to NYC yesterday, and all the Socialists can do is bang their spoons on their highchairs.

Then going on to set aside their tender look at America and focus on what really matters – smearing them to the expense of noticing their simplistic journalistic practices.

Dwelling on someone who as a result of 9/11 needs a large array of medications, but isn’t getting them for free from the Federal Government, as if the purpose of embarrassing him on television abroad is going to help him or make a difference, assuming that French people start a letter-writing campaign or fill out the guy’s scrips.

In Memoriam Ad Vitam Æternam

In Paris: Unite!

This evening at 19h00 friends of America will gather at Place Trocadéro to remember the victims of 9/11 and to stand against terror.

9-11 remembered by a French writer

"Car si, d’une part, le communisme n’a jamais été aussi populaire et influent de par le monde, en un mot furieusement branché, d’autre part, le capitalisme fait l’objet d’une diabolisation tous azimuts, des arts aux lettres en passant par le café du coin, la télé et l’université. Témoin l’anti-américanisme qui suinte par tous les pores de la planète, en particulier en France. Par exemple, je me souviens du 11 septembre 2001. J’avais ma mère au téléphone, elle me demandait « Pourquoi, mon fils, pourquoi ?!... » avec toute l’angoisse du monde dans la voix et, soudainement, elle se mit à pleurer comme la pluie de la seconde où elle vit sur son écran un homme et une femme sauter d’une tour en feu main dans la main. Mais je me souviens aussi et surtout du 12 septembre 2001, quand tous mes collègues me raillèrent durant la pause-café, se gaussant de mon désarroi, conspuant l’« arrogance » des yankees et l’« impérialisme » de leur chef Bush. Ce qui est pire, c’est que, bien que je puisse aujourd’hui être étiqueté comme artiste ou intellectuel, à l’époque je ne travaillais toutefois pas dans un environnement artistique ou intellectuel qui sont traditionnellement anti-capitalistes, donc anti-américains, non, je travaillais dans la police parisienne. Je l’affirme pour l’avoir vécu aux premières loges : le 12 septembre 2001, une écrasante majorité de Français ne versèrent pas la moitié d’une larme sur ce qui venait de se produire à New York. Au demeurant, rien d’étonnant, l’anti-américanisme français est dans la logique de son ahurissante complaisance vis-à-vis du communisme. Aussi, au premier jour de l’intervention américaine en Iraq en mars 2003, 4% des Français l’approuvèrent-ils « tout à fait », 87% la désapprouvant. 4%. Quatre malheureux Français sur cent ... Ou encore, lors de l’élection présidentielle américaine de 2004, seulement 11% des Français auraient voté pour Bush qui portait haut et droit la bannière étoilée du capitalisme. 11%. Un malheureux Français sur dix ... Et voici un florilège des gros titres de nos grands journaux et magazines à l’occasion de la réélection de George Bush en 2004 : « Bush, l'homme à battre » (Libération), « Bush 2 : pire que Bush 1 ? » (Courrier International), « Bush 2 pire que Bush 1 : L'Amérique de la peur a gagné » (Le Nouvel Observateur), « L'Empire empire » (Libération), « L'Amérique d'en bas reconduit Bush » (L'Express), « Une victoire désespérante » (L'Express), « Bush : peut-il changer ? » (Le Point), sans parler des pravdesques présentateurs des journaux télévisés qui avaient plus que jamais un balai là où je pense et pâlissaient à vue d’œil comme s’ils s’apprêtaient à commettre le seppuku du samouraï. Vous en revoulez ? Voici les gros titres de quelques-uns des grands organes de presse français (Le Monde, Libération, Le Nouvel Observateur, Le Figaro, Paris Match, Marianne, Télérama) à l’occasion de l’ouragan Katrina de 2005, l’un des pires cataclysmes naturels à avoir jamais ravagé les États-Unis (œil du cyclone large de 50 kilomètres, vents de 300 km/h ...) : « Titanic Bush », « Bush : la chute du pompier-pyromane », « Barbara Bush a peur des réfugiés », « Pour prévenir la critique, Bush visite les régions dévastées », « Bush connaissait l’ampleur du cyclone Katrina », « Bush était averti des ravages du cyclone, la preuve par l’image », « L’Amérique mise à nu : le cyclone révèle les déchirures de la société du chacun pour soi », « Les Américains consternés par la fragilité de leur puissance », « L’Amérique à vau-l’eau », « Le Naufrage de l’Amérique », « La superpuissance contrainte d’appeler à l’aide », « Un rapport dévoile l’incapacité des États-Unis à bien gérer les dons étrangers », « Une nation à la dérive : quand l’Amérique apparaît comme une société arrogante, raciste et amnésique », « Nous avions peur d’être envoyés au Convention Center pour y mourir », « Les rebelles de la Fox : quand les reporters de la chaîne la plus réactionnaire du pays sympathisent avec les victimes de Katrina ». De relire ces immondes manchettes qu’osa la presse française, j’en vomirais sur mon drapeau national. Katrina fit 1500 morts, c’est 1500 morts de trop, mais rappelez-moi combien en fit une simple canicule en 2003 en France, pays de l’autoproclamé « meilleur système de santé du monde », pays cinq fois moins peuplé que les États-Unis ? 15000 ? 15000, 1500 multiplié par 10 ?! Vous êtes sûr ?!... Et que dire de la couverture de la guerre en Iraq qui, en France, atteignit et continue d’atteindre des sommets de haine où le mensonge le dispute en abjection au ridicule, les beaufs pinard-baguette du Parti Communiste donnant la main aux beaufs baguette-pinard du Front National pour danser la carmagnole anti-américaine, vieille antienne franchouillarde. Et pourtant ...

Et pourtant, l’Amérique est la seule utopie qui ait jamais marché."

Bertrand Latour, French preface to the Vietnamese language edition of George Orwell's 1984, Editions Underbahn.

Translation of: 9-11 remembered by a French writer

If on the one hand, Communism was never that popular and influential all over the world, on the other hand, Capitalism is the subject of thorough demonization in the world of arts and letters, while passing the corner coffee shop, TV, and the university. Witness the anti-Americanism that oozes out of every pore of the planet, and in particular in France.

For example, I remember September 11, 2001. I had my mother on the telephone, and she asked me “Why, son, why did this happen?! …” with all the anguish in the world in her voice, and suddenly she started to cry uncontrollably when she saw a man and a woman jumping out of one of the burning towers hand in hand on television.

But I especially remember September 12, 2001, when my colleagues scoffed me during our coffee break, mocking my distress, decrying the “arrogance” of the Yankees and the “imperialism” of their boss, Bush. What is worse, it is that, although I can be labeled today as an artist or intellectual, at the time I wasn’t working in an artistic or intellectual milieu which are traditionally anti-capitalists and therefore anti-American.

No, I was working for the Paris police.

From top to bottom, I saw it for myself: on September 12, 2001, the overwhelming majority of the French didn’t shed a tear for what had just happened in New York. Moreover, I wasn’t the least bit surprising, since French anti-Americanism is trapped in the confused logic of its’ love of Communism.

On the first day of the American invasion of Iraq in March of 2003, only 4% of the French approved it “completely”, 87% disapproved. Only 4% approved. Four disaffected French citizens out of hundred… Or, at the time of the American presidential election of 2004, only 11% of the French would have voted for Bush who to the population stands for capitalism. 11%. That’s just one dissatisfied French man or woman out of ten.

Consider the headlines of our major newspapers and magazines at the time of George Bush’s re-election in 2004: “Bush, the man to beat” (Libération), “Bush 2: worse than Bush 1? ” (Courrier International), “Bush 2, worse than Bush 1: the America of fear has won” (the New Observer), “the Empire gets worse” (Libération), “America of in bottom takes back Bush” (the Express train), “a despairing victory” (the Express train), “Bush: can it change? ” (Le Point), not to mention the pravdaesque television news anchors who had, more than ever before, were looking like samurai ready to commit seppuku.

Don’t you see it yet?

Just look back at the headlines of some of the big players in the French press (Le Monde, Libération, Le Nouvel Observateur, Le Figaro, Paris Match, Marianne, Télérama) during hurricane Katrina in 2005, one of worst natural disasters to ever hit the United States (a storm with an eye 50 kilometers wide and 300 km/h winds) : “Bush’s Titanic”, “Bush: the fall of the pyromaniac firefighter”, “Barbara Bush is afraid of refugees”, “to appease critics, Bush visits the devastated areas”, “Bush knew what Katrina would do”, “Bush was informed devastations of the hurricane, the proof by the image”, “America exposed: the hurricane reveals the wounds of the ‘every man for himself’ nation”, “Americans dismayed by the brittleness of their power”, “Shipwreck America”, “the super power forced to ask for aid”, “a report reveals the incapacity of the United States to manage foreign aid”, “a nation at drift: when America seems arrogant, racist, and forgetful”, “We were afraid to be sent to the Convention Center to die there”, “the rebels of Fox: when the country’s most reactionary network sympathizes with the victims of Katrina”.

Re-reading those slaps by the French press, I want to vomit on my national flag. Katrina killed 1500, and that’s 1500 too many, but don’t forget how many were killed by a simple heat wave in 2003 in France, the nation that claims that it has the “finest healthcare system in the world”, a country five times fewer people than the United States. 15000 died. 15000, that 1500 times 10!

Are you sure about that?!?...

That said, the coverage of the Iraq war in France reached and continues to reach a level of hatred where the objection to it and the lies reaching the point of ridiculousness - the Communist Party stiffs taking the Front National stiffs, both in love with their wild and different ideas of utopia, by the hand dance to the old French anti-American tune. And yet...

And yet America is the only Utopia that ever succeeded.

-- Bertrand Latour, from the preface of the Vietnamese language
edition of George Orwell’s 1984, published by Édition Underbahn.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

The shouts heard round the world

U.S. go home come back ! ... in Iceland (let the French defend them - Bwahahaha!) ... at Abu Graib ("Someone was shouting 'Please help us, we want the human rights officers, we want the Americans to come back',").

Never forgive, never forget

Thanks to Allahpundit.

Never forgive, never forget

Three years ago Le Monde Al-Jazeera on the Seine remembered 9-11 by mourning the destitution of that Communist shitsack Salvador Allende.

Neither Thatcher or Reagan

Sarko distances himself from the USA and free markets with his new political theme of libéralisme populaire. Sounds like more of the same Gaullist Chiraq-[j]ism. What's the new Sarkozy sound bite? "Ni Thatcher, ni Reagan".

Ignoring the noise, and remembering what the real issues are: