Alfred G Gerteiny
Do you know what happened?
Alfred G Gerteiny wrote: You are, after all, not as bad as you sounded at first and, at this point, I agree with much of what you wrote. Particularly with the rise and the inevitable fall of empires. I never believed that France today enjoyed the glory of its brilliant past, but neither do the British, Roman, Islamic, Assyrian Egyptian, etc. empires. They indeed have all been seminal to the development of the US as the greatest nation today. But I hope for the sakes of all of us that Pax Americana will prove to be, ultimately, wiser and therefore last longer et be more productive, without recourse to wars. Wars have never been good to any nation. One correction, however, and check your own stats; relative to wealth and revenues the US, may have give more than any other nation, yet in comparison with Sweden, Holland, France or Germany has percentagewise been a paltry giver. As for the Marshall Plan, it has all been paid back. And if the French language is not as polular among PhD candidates, it is an infinite samller percentage of kids take French in school, not because if its irrelevance. I know it, I am a University Professor myself. >From: David Still >I am not a chickenhawk in that I do not advocate war...am not a chickenhawk in that I served in the military during wartime and in a battle zone. >Do not drive anything but a very small car. Have studied a good deal of materials in the humanities and have degrees from a few different universities. > The UN a farce...yes, we should pay up... or get out. We have given more money to more countries since WWII than all of Europe put together. Check stats on that one, pal. > Palestine: I am for statehood in that area, removal of settlements, but always under the UN accord: peaceful and secure borders. > I am very much pro environment, so that if as in just about any country, including your beloved France, there are some who lean heavily to the right there are others who lean the opposite way...which is to say you mistake by lumping all Americans together. > I vote for neither one of the two major parties and do not vote at all if a third candidate seems as absurd as those set up by the two ruling parties. > I have a certain fondness for French pussy and French literature; distain for French politics and French pretentious philosophy. > You will seee the Arab nations, not all but many, line up in support of American invasion of Iraq. What then will that tell you? > If things were up to me the ideal way the country would be rune would be much more akin to what takes place in Holland and/or Sweden. I worry not about the hoplessly impoversied regions of the world because they seem incapable of leaving tribal ways behind them and thus end up on monthly killing sprees, slavery,massive AIDS, and whatnot ...ok? > No need to worry about differences betwiin us. My beginning point merely that France like all nations, empires, (and the US will see this too) has had its glroy days. But get over it and accept it. Oui?