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The French Government has forgotten that thousands <BR> of U.S. servicemen died on French soil.

The French Government forgets . . . thousands of US soldiers died on French soil.

What kind of game is France playing here?

What are the diplomatic and commercial rules as France deals with Iraq?

Recommendation: Read below and then help give France some pay back for traitorous actions in the UN, NATO and trade with Iraq!

This is written from the heart of a French descendant.

  • This message is being sent to you as a result of watching a lot of news and presentations by members of the French Government as related to Iraqi actions.

    The French government presentations have especially made me angry and discusted with how France is voting at the United Nations, NATO and in EU forums regarding their support for Iraq. You might say, you do not support the Iraqi government. By blockading efforts by many counties to force Iraq to disarm and trying to void US threats of fighting them for what they have done to their own people and their neighbors, you elevate yourselves to being friends of the Iraqi government. Saddam is elated with your stand and efforts.

    Considering your French government attitude and seeing some people on the street supporting their position, my vacation plans to France and null and void. I will through my own web site recommend the same action be taken by others. My site gets viewed by over 3,000 people per day from all over the world. I feel sad and angry at the same time when France and French people whom I have held in high esteem, turn against those who have served to liberate and support you. My youngest son was looking forward to visiting France and he has and still did until recently dedicate a lot of reading time to the life of Napoleon Bonaparte and French culture. He, like myself, is disgusted and claims he will no longer read and praise your country.

    I believe you will find the feedback about your position to be so negative that it will go far, far beyond threats of not buying or drinking French wine. I have already switched to California brands and will not miss French wines I used to buy.

    It used to be Viva La France around my family . . . now it is the French can #$%&&##$ (undefined words not worth printing here). Frenchie Maryland, USA

    WARNING! Drinking French whine may be hazardous to your health. Traveling in France may be even more dangerous.

  • Stay away from all French products until France comes to it's senses.

  • I shall not tell a LIE; It is no longer smart to study French culture! How do they view themselves today . . . a Lion ?

  • A key question: Does the French government have hugh commercial contracts with Iraq ?

  • France is not a friend to Americans and others joining in the fight to oust the well known killer, Saddam.

  • Where is Normandy? Where was the battle of the Bulge fought? Who fought to save France's bacon . . . now only to be betrayed in the fight against Saddam?

  • -- Do you have the right answers? Lets hear from you.

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    The following article is from the Canadian National Post "And they talk of peace" Andrew Coyne National Post Wednesday, February 12, 2003 Having liberated France from the Germans, and having sheltered the Germans for 40-odd years from the Russians, and having poured billions of dollars into rescuing the Russians from themselves, the United States now finds, as it races to protect its own citizens from madmen with doomsday weapons, its most implacable foes are ... France, Germany and Russia. You know, the peace lobby. I will leave it to others to speculate on the motives of these three nations, or to discuss their qualifications to lecture others on the evils of interventionism. (A poll shows 57% of Germans agree with the statement that Americans are "a nation of warmongers." Two, three, four ...) What is unarguable is that their hostility to any effort to rein in Saddam Hussein was in evidence long before this crisis; it has nothing to do with questions of peace or war. When the issue was sanctions, they were against sanctions. When the issue was inspections, they were against inspections. And while they now profess to favour disarmament, they have not only consistently opposed any practical measure to effect it over the years, they have themselves been Saddam's chief suppliers of weapons of mass destruction -- and may be even to this day. It is difficult to escape the conclusion that they are not so much interested in opposing war as in supporting Saddam. The French, needless to say, are the most deeply implicated. France has been romancing Iraq since at least 1972, when Saddam, already the number two man in the Ba'athist regime, nationalized the Iraqi oil industry, more or less at the point of a gun. Had the West held firm in its opposition, the putsch might not have succeeded, and Saddam would never have acquired the revenues to pursue his ambitions. But France broke ranks -- in exchange for a cut of the action. The pattern was to be repeated three years later, when Saddam began shopping for a fast-breeder nuclear reactor, with a view to acquiring nuclear weapons within 10 years. No one was willing to provide him with the advanced technology he was seeking -- not even the Russians, who had sold him with a small research reactor some years earlier. It was not until he met with the French prime minister, one Jacques Chirac, that Saddam found what he was looking for. The French agreed, knowing full well what Saddam was up to, in exchange for $3-billion in cash, some oil concessions and a huge contract to purchase France's Mirage F-1 fighter planes. Oh, and one other thing: The Franco-Iraqi Nuclear Co-operation Treaty stipulated that "all persons of Jewish race" be excluded from participating. More deals followed: armoured vehicles, surface-to-air missiles, antiship missiles. By 1982, Iraq accounted for 40% of all French arms exports. Other countries -- the Russians, the Italians, the British, less so the Americans -- also sold arms to Iraq, especially during the Iran-Iraq war, when revolutionary Iran seemed the greater threat to the region. The Germans, egregiously, provided Saddam with much of his chemical weapons capacity, from mustard gas to nerve gases like Tabun and Sarin, as well as the ballistic missile technology with which to deliver them to places like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. But none did so with anything like the audacity of the French. Even after the invasion of Kuwait in 1990, French support for Iraq did not waver. François Mitterrand went so far as to make a speech to the UN in September of that year in which he lent legitimacy to Iraq's territorial claims. The French were early and ardent enthusiasts for lifting the sanctions imposed after the war, and did everything in their power to undermine the disarmament regime. In 1997, following a series of confrontations with UN inspectors, the Security Council passed Resolution 1134, which threatened to impose travel restrictions on Iraqi officials (quelle horreur!) if the harassment continued. France abstained (along with Russia and China). Emboldened, Saddam stepped up his defiance. The inspections regime soon collapsed. In 1999, Resolution 1284 greatly expanded the existing "oil-for-food" exemption to the sanctions (around the Clinton administration, according to Kenneth Pollack, a senior advisor on Iraq, it became known as "oil-for-stuff"), and promised to lift all remaining economic sanctions. The only condition: Saddam had to let the inspectors back in, and show progress towards disarmament. Again the French abstained, this time after promising to vote in favour. The reason: The Russians had abstained, and the French were worried they would lose their share of the booming "oil-for-food" trade, by then worth about US$17-billion a year, if they did not do the same. And so it continues to this day, even at the cost of wrecking the United Nations (and NATO in the bargain). And yet, in the face of this sordid Franco-Russian record of trading Security Council votes for Iraqi oil revenues, it is the Americans who are accused, on no evident grounds whatever, of being motivated by oil-lust. You would think the Germans would have some issues about being involved, however indirectly, in gassing Jews. You would think the French would feel a certain déja vu about collaborating with dictators. You would think the Russians ... But you would be wrong.
    Subject: France David Letterman: "France wants more evidence [of Iraqi violations]. The last time France wanted more evidence, it rolled right through France with a German flag." Dennis Miller: "The only way the French are going in is if we tell them we found truffles in Iraq." Jay Leno: "I don't know why people are surprised that France won't help us get Saddam out of Iraq. After all, France wouldn't help us get the Germans out of France!" Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.: "Do you know how many Frenchmen it takes to defend Paris? It's not known, it's never been tried." Blunt again: "Somebody was telling me about the French Army rifle that was being advertised on eBay the other day -- the description was: 'Never shot. Dropped once.'" And even an unwitting French President Jacques Chirac: "As far as I'm concerned, war always means failure." Do you know it only took Germany three days to conquer France in World War II? And that's because it was raining," said John Xereas, manager of the DC Improv. According to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld: "Going to war without the French is like going deer hunting without your accordion." Raise your hand if you like the French. Raise both hands if you are French

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