Saturday, March 19, 2011

French Fighters In Libyan Skies: "Play La Marseillaise! Play It!"

The first interventionist shots have been fired in Libya. The honour goes to France. French military jets have begun enforcing the UN no-fly zone. French aircraft are now preventing Gaddafist forces from attacking the rebel-held city of Benghazi. Vive la France.

Let us not forget that while almost everyone else was following the American cue to mewl and whimper, France, with British backing, was in the vanguard for solidarity with the Libyan revolutionaries. Let us not forget that while France was arguing for aid to the rebels and principled internationalism, the White House was saying: "Again, you know, this ultimately and fundamentally an issue between, you know, the Libyan government, its leader, and the Libyan people."

Let us always remember who the cheese-eating surrender monkeys were this time around.

Vive la France.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I crowed on HP it has been great to see the stoppers going down with the ship here.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Grayson said...

Great news.

Been fun to see the stoppers turn themselves inside out in this or descend to sullen whataboutery.

1:04 PM  
Blogger Jonathon Narvey said...

All it takes now is for one guard close to Gaddafi to decide it's not worth getting killed by cruise missile and slit his master's throat.

In the meantime, This Means War:

2:30 PM  
Blogger James O'Hearn said...

There might be another way to look at it.

Why are the French taking the lead here? Is it due to embarrassment over supporting the Ben Ali regime up until the last moment? Does it stem from their wish to redress old colonial wrongs? Judging by their history of intervention in Cote D'Ivoire whenever their business interests are threatened, I would doubt that this current martial impulse arises from any sense of noblesse oblige.

Truthfully, I was heartened to hear the news of French involvement, but then I got to reading that Sarkozy is currently trailing Le Pen and Aubry in the polls - that is he being soundly trounced by two women.

So the question is - is Sarkozy doing the right thing, or is he trying to show he has a pair for a little while, at least until his polling numbers solidify?

8:51 PM  

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