Sunday, February 10, 2002
From today's Washington Post: "[a]ccording to two Saudi officials, [Crown Prince] Abdullah saw news footage from the West Bank of an Israeli soldier holding a Palestinian woman to the ground by putting his boot on her head. "Abdullah saw that and he went berserk," one senior Saudi recounted. "A woman being beaten by a man -- he just felt this is the ultimate insult."
From Amnesty International, and about a gazillion other sites: "[I]n Saudi Arabia...women can not walk alone even in their own neighbourhood without the fear of being stopped, beaten or detained particularly by the religious police as suspected moral offenders."
And well he should argue against reliance on military efforts. As Mathew Norman wrote back in December in the Guardian -- the Guardian! -- after news leaked out that French Ambassador Daniel Bernard had referred to Israel as "that shitty little country": "if France had one iota of the fighting spirit of 'that shitty little country Israel,' it might have lasted more than a fortnight in the last war."
Seriously, just stop and consider all of the problems that Jospin says we must deal with: "You have got to tackle the root causes, the situations, poverty, injustice." How many of these were caused by France in the first place? It would be easier to count those that weren't caused by that shitty medium-sized country. The French were brutal colonialists. To this day, France's former colonies are as a group the poorest, sorriest collection of nations on earth. Half of the U.S.'s international policy efforts center on cleaning up the messes that France created during her brief (but not brief enough) stint as a major nation. Vietnam? A former French colony. Instapundit has been writing about the horrors of Algeria recently? Another legacy of the inept French.
Face it, Lionel. It's been nearly 200 years since the rest of Europe smacked your shitty medium-sized country into irrelevance. And I don't think you guys were too keen on that multilateral effort. It's time to accept the past, and to stop being bitter that France has a global importance equivalent to that of, oh, Louisiana.