March 08, 2003

More Math: How the French Value Peace

10,000 people marched in Paris on March 8 (International Women's Day) to protest the rapes, beatings and killings going on in the (primarily Muslim) banlieues — suburban housing estates.

Marching under the motto "Ni putes, ni soumises" (neither whores, nor submissives), the proximate cause was the murder of a teenager, but the long-term problem is the ongoing abuses inflicted on women in these near-lawless highrises.

10,000 is a great turnout. Let's see — 100,000 turned out in Paris a couple of weeks ago to support the continuation of Saddam in power. Saddam is reported to have rape camps and to have recently ordered the public beheading of women who are opposed to his regime.

So 1/10 as many people in France want to end the rape, abuse and killing in their own country as want to support the ongoing rape, abuse and killing in Iraq. Got it.

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America Worst

In the run up to World War II, a motley collection of isolationists, appeasers and out-and-out sympathizers with Nazi Germany formed a pressure group called America First. Certainly the most visible member was mega-celebrity Charles Lindbergh.

This all sounds remarkably familiar, even more so when you read this speech by Lindbergh that was never delivered. It was scheduled for December 12, 1941, but cancelled after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Even the same true enemy is behind the whole war propaganda, by the way. To spare the suspense, it was the Jews. (Representative Moran, call your office.)

To give Lindbergh his due, he volunteered to fly for the US in the war, and did so as an observer on a dozen combat missions. I'm sure Martin Sheen won't show the same honor.

In a haunting historical footnote, Lindbergh's major speech to America First was on September 11, 1941.

America First was basically a jingoistic antiwar movement. The current dictator-friendly antiwar movement forms a bizarro mirror image, drawing for the most part on irrational anti-Americanism. I would call it America Worst. So for the new America Worst movement, I offer this handy logo based on their less than savory forebears:

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