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Even the cheese-eating surrender monkeys finally learned that you can’t surrender your way to peace!

France declares war against Al Qaeda after hostage killed

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said his country was at war with Al Qaeda after the group’s affiliate in North Africa, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, announced it murdered a French aid worker it had held hostage since April.

By Robert Marquand, Staff writer / July 27, 2010

Paris — Prime Minister Francois Fillon said France is “at war with Al Qaeda” after the announced killing of a French hostage by an Al Qaeda affiliate in Mali.

France will step up military and intelligence assistance to North African governments to “track down the terrorists and hand them over to the judiciary,” Mr. Fillon said.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) said it killed retired French engineer Michel Germaneau on Sunday in retaliation for a failed attempt by French commandos and Mauritanian troops to release Mr. Germaneau from an AQIM camp in Mali. Fillon said today Germaneau may have been killed prior to the raid.

French president Nicolas Sarkozy vowed the murder “will not go unpunished” and dispatched Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner to the region, where he today meets Malian president Amadou Toumani Toure.

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  1. France has had troops in Afghanistan, under US command, since 2001. As of 1 November 2009, 3,730 French personnel were deployed in Afghanistan, with 150 French police (Wikipedia source). It has lost 44 troops fighting there. When you sneer at them, you ignore the very real fact that they stood with you, and you sneer at the 44 Frenchmen who lost their lives fighting at America’s side.

    Let us not forget that the reason wingnuts refer to the French as “surrender monkeys” is because of their refusal to fight in IRAQ, where they claimed that there was insufficient evidence that Saddam was hiding WMD, that there was no connection between Iraq and Sept. 11, and that an occupation of Iraq was likely to lead to resistance, and be long, bloody and achieve little.

    The French, of course, were right.

  2. First off Pho, we call them “surrender monkeys” because of WWII, not Iraq. Secondly, according to your own words printed here previously, you are the one that would “sneer at the 44 Frenchmen who lost their lives fighting at America’s side.” Finally when you say: “The French, of course, were right” that is expected from you. As far as you’re concerned the devil himself is right over the United States. Such a predictable moonbat you’ve become.

  3. First off Pho, we call them “surrender monkeys” because of WWII, not Iraq.

    I’d have thought a high-fallutin’ anti-American, Maori-hatin’ librarian would have known that.

  4. “the reason wingnuts refer to the French as “surrender monkeys” is because of their refusal to fight in IRAQ”

    no, we would have called the “pacifists monkeys”, or “weak monkeys”, or some other term. in other words, how can one surrender if they aren’t even in the fight?

    also, the term comes from the simpsons, when groundskeeper willy was teaching the kids french.

    on a sidebar, it’s weird that the french are fighting against al-queda” when the US is fighting against “man-made disasters”.

  5. I actually had more to this post, but Jim was doing his site work in the middle, and I lost part of it. But I had the youtube of La Marseillaise from Casablanca, but it was just this link; youtube has removed the embedding code. :(

    Aux armes, citoyens,
    Formez vos bataillons,
    Marchons, marchons!
    Qu’un sang impur
    Abreuve nos sillons!

  6. On the subject of ‘surrender monkeys’, too bad we have not given more thought to attitude of the French re Iraq, because our love for war to solve problems may be leading to our demise, as expressed in this very provocative peace by Andrew Bacevich, author of The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism.

    Here is just a piece of this thought provoking article:

    “If any overarching conclusion emerges from the Afghan and Iraq Wars (and from their Israeli equivalents), it’s this: victory is a chimera. Counting on today’s enemy to yield in the face of superior force makes about as much sense as buying lottery tickets to pay the mortgage: you better be really lucky.

    Meanwhile, as the U.S. economy went into a tailspin, Americans contemplated their equivalent of Israel’s “demographic bomb” — a “fiscal bomb.” Ingrained habits of profligacy, both individual and collective, held out the prospect of long-term stagnation: no growth, no jobs, no fun. Out-of-control spending on endless wars exacerbated that threat.

    By 2007, the American officer corps itself gave up on victory, although without giving up on war. First in Iraq, then in Afghanistan, priorities shifted. High-ranking generals shelved their expectations of winning — at least as a Rabin or Schwarzkopf would have understood that term. They sought instead to not lose. In Washington as in U.S. military command posts, the avoidance of outright defeat emerged as the new gold standard of success.”

    This is well worth the read!

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