An open letter to France and Germany from Americans of French and German descent.
Now in the new century, we face a third great evil whose unity and power the leaders and people of France disdained to confront. Before radical cells of homicidal Islamo-terrorists destroyed the New York towers and burned the Pentagon, your own Eiffel Tower had only narrowly escaped a similar assault.
Did France learn nothing from the discovery of the terrorist plan, stopped at the 11th hour by German intelligence, to collapse to rubble the Strasbourg Cathedral, an offending symbol of the West to fanatical Islamist terrorists? Did the discoveries of deadly poisons in London and the Gare de Lyon tell you nothing?
France finally must open her eyes. We are all in this together. While you try to placate your Islamist insurgency with generous policies of social welfare and a tolerance that is not mutual, you remain the infidel in their eyes, too.
Although we share a common lot and are the oldest of friends, France lives in a tragic state of delusion and amnesia. French media polls say that 30 percent of you hoped America, Britain and their allies would lose this war. You do not grasp how profoundly your unreasoned animus toward us - reflected in your diplomacy and popular protest - has shaken our faith in you.
The cynical protection by the president of France of the Thug of Baghdad has morally compromised your great nation. A mid-1970s photo of Jacques Chirac and Saddam touring a nuclear facility speaks volumes.
The full extent and detail of their collusion, so stupendously shortsighted for France, is now coming to light.
President Chirac and Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin thrust a dagger into a once-sacred alliance. Their actions have rendered irrelevant the United Nations Security Council as we know it and have weakened NATO, perhaps fatally. Those bodies cannot survive in their present structure. French actions have sundered politically the European Union that France had wished to lead.
We admire the land of our ancestor, but we love and treasure our own above all. What has happened to your character, France? Where is your soul? Yorktown 1781. Belleau Wood and Chateau Thierry 1918, Normandy and Paris 1944 - do you remember?
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