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  1.    #1  
    I just ran across this tidbit.

    "Politicians in secular France squabbled over whether the government had been right to order flags lowered on public buildings in a sign of respect for Pope John Paul."

    It's interesting how France lowered it's flags when Arafat died.

    http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L04128460.htm
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    Maybe the Pope should have bought more weapons from the French ?
  3. #3  
    that's a good point...maybe a good oil for communion program would have got them on his side.
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    This was written by a man who was in France in WWII


    "A POEM TO FRANCE


    Eleven thousand soldiers
    lay beneath the dirt and stone,
    all buried on a distant land
    so far away from home.

    For just a strip of dismal beach
    they paid a hero's price,
    to save a foreign nation
    they all made the sacrifice.

    And now the shores of Normandy
    are lined with blocks of white:
    Americans who didn't turn
    from someone else's plight.

    Eleven thousand reasons
    for the French to take our side,
    but in the moment of our need,
    they chose to run and hide.

    Chirac said every war means loss,
    perhaps for France that's true,
    for they've lost every battle
    since the days of Waterloo.

    Without a soldier worth a damn
    to be found within the region,
    the French became the only land
    to need a Foreign Legion.

    You French all say we're arrogant.
    Well hell, we've earned the right--
    We saved your sorry nation
    when you lacked the guts to fight.

    But now you've made a big mistake,
    and one that you'll regret;
    you took sides with our enemies,
    and that we won't forget.

    It wasn't just our citizens
    you spit on when you turned,
    but every one of yours
    who fell the day the towers burned.

    You spit upon our soldiers,
    on our pilots and Marines,
    and now you'll get a little sense
    of just what payback means.

    So keep your Paris fashions
    and your wine and your champagne,
    and find some other market
    that will buy your aeroplanes.

    And try to find somebody else
    to wear your French cologne,
    for you're about to find out
    what it means to stand alone.

    You see, you need us far more
    than we ever needed you,
    America has better friends
    who know how to be true.

    I'd rather stand with warriors
    who have the will and might,
    than huddle in the dark
    with those whose only flag is white.

    I'll take the Brits, the Aussies,
    the Israelis and the rest,
    for when it comes to valor
    we have seen that they're the best.

    We'll count on one another
    as we face a moment dire,
    while you sit on the sideline
    with a sign, "friendship for hire."

    We'll win this war without you
    and we'll total up the cost,
    and take it from your foreign aid,
    and then you'll feel the loss.

    And when your nation starts to fall,
    well Frenchie, you can spare us,
    just call the Germans for a hand,
    they know the way to Paris."


    Don Fichthorn, Major USMC (Retired)
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    small minded - the man was much more then a religious figure.
    da Gimp

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    It does seem a little to create a sticky situation for private institutions when they have to decide to keep a flag at half mast...some places do it for some, some places don't. You can't please everyone and someone always seems to get upset by the choice made.

    B-model: "...the man was much more then a religious figure." <--I agree.
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    Funny how the French never have a problem when it comes to raising the white flag...
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    it's amazing that they can get it up .....
    da Gimp

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    Quote Originally Posted by Insertion
    Funny how the French never have a problem when it comes to raising the white flag...
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    When in doubt, put your flag at half mast. Nobody will be offended that you did, they'll only be offended that you didn't - that's what I discovered over the last ten years. If you can't take the heat, get rid of your flagpole.
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    Two no-name leftish (even in France) leaders. This isn't a story. I'm sure if you searched, you could find someone in this country as well saying this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hsk
    When in doubt, put your flag at half mast. Nobody will be offended that you did, they'll only be offended that you didn't - that's what I discovered over the last ten years. If you can't take the heat, get rid of your flagpole.
    True.



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    Quote Originally Posted by treosixoo
    I love France, but really dislike the people.
    “France has neither winter, nor summer, nor morals. France is miserable because it is filled with Frenchmen, and Frenchmen are miserable because they live in France.” -- Mark Twain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KRamsauer
    Two no-name leftish (even in France) leaders. This isn't a story. I'm sure if you searched, you could find someone in this country as well saying this.
    exactly, this whole thread is just a bunch of hot air.

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