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2008/09/01

Les soldats français savent que pour réussir une mission de paix, il faut parfois mener des opérations de guerre

Évoquant les "dix soldats français … morts en Afghanistan", Bernard Kouchner and Hervé Morin écrivent dans Le Monde qu'
ils savaient que pour réussir une mission de paix, il faut parfois mener des opérations de guerre.
While the foreign and defense ministers speak well, though, Le Monde readers and pundits seem to reject their viewpoint en masse (to put it diplomatically), Collège de France professor Gérard Fussman seemingly seeing some sort of monkey business in the fact that when they were killed, the French troops were protecting the flank of America's Begram base (Fussman adds that "les troupes de l'OTAN sont dans une situation pire que les troupes soviétiques") and numerous Le Monde readers (i.e., numerous French citizens) preferring to evoke American folly, American treachery, American plots, and "the American Big Brother".

The home front: "An ocean of cowardice"?

One commentator compares the government ministers' opinion piece to the pronouncements of Nazi Germany and/or Vichy France ("de la propagande de masse du même type que celle des années 1940 à 1944"), "La France n'a rien à faire dans cette galère" says another, "SOLDATS RENTREZ CHEZ VOUS CETTE GUERRE N'EST PAS LA NOTRE!" yells yet another, "l'éconiomie américaine est basée sur la guerre et nous, on suit" deplores a fourth, "Pourquoi ne parlent-ils pas du pipe line vers l'océan indien ????" asks a fifth, "l'Otan est l'invention des usa" charges a sixth (who respects all proper names' respective capital letters in his comment except… — for Uncle Sam's), "c'est une véritable dictature militaire US qui se cache derrière l'Otan et ses têtes de pont aux portes de la Russie" reveals a seventh (who adds that he hopes that Beijing will help bring America down — "Reste à espérer leur effondrement financier via la Chine et l'"himalaya" que représente les bons du trésor US"), as another evokes — I kid you not — the Russians as victims (!) of a plot masterminded by Bush ("torturés de voir comment on traite les russes victimes d'un complot ourdit par Bush") and a ninth evokes a future betrayal of NATO ("si demain il faut trahir l'OTAN ou l'Europe") while a tenth describes the war of the 1980s as pitting the Taliban terrorists, "amis des USA (qui les ont formés, armés, reçus à la Maison Blanche)", against (note the positive descriptives throughout the short phrase) "le régime laïc soutenu par l'URSS" (all-the while calling the 9-11 attacks a "preemptive attack by Bin Laden" (!!) — "probablement une attaque préventive de Bin Laden"), an eleventh quotes …Robespierre (!), and a clueless loser claims that it is the French "[qui] faisons le sale boulot pour les Americains" adding (just in case you were wondering), "ce qui rend le sacrifice de nos momes encore plus triste".

Meanwhile, one loner, fg, attempts to set things straight by putting the word "Mômes" (kids) for soldiers into perspective and by evoking "an ocean of cowardice" where "it is easier to throw up all over the Americans":
On s'engage au RPIMA [Régiment de Parachutistes d'Infanterie de Marine] quand [on] est prêt, s'il le faut, à mourir en héros pour la France. C'est ce qu'ont fait ces 10 militaires. Au cours de l'Histoire, ce sont parfois quelques uns de ces hommes qui, plongés dans un océan de lâcheté, ont sauvé l'honneur. En d'autres temps, j'aurais préféré ne pas avoir à compter sur ceux qui refusent de voir le nouveau fascisme djihadiste pour ce qu'il est, sous prétexte que l'Afghanistan est loin et parce que c'est plus facile de vomir sur les américains.

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