Thursday, September 14, 2006

Silly Little Frenchman...They Hate You Anyway

If the French ever thought that not joining the war on terror (food for oil, anyone?) would somehow set them apart from other American allies, and make-happy the hate mongers of radical Islam, they can know for certain now that it didn't:

Al-Qaida has for the first time announced a union with an Algerian insurgent group that has designated France as an enemy, saying they will act together against French and American interests.

Now, I'm not French, but I had to wonder, why oh why would Al Qaida want to attack the peace-loving, pacifist French? I mean, other than the fact that Al Qaida wants to terrorize anyone who doesn't adhere to their rule (Hey Folkblum, that's fascism), the French should be the least of their worries, right?

Well, I got my answer from Anne Giudicelli, a former French diplomat specializing in the Middle East who runs the Paris-based consultancy Terrorisc. Here's what she had to say:

"The Americans have become harder to target domestically, so they are trying to widen the field of action and strike their allies," she said.

I hope you read that last sentence twice. That's an amazingly powerful statement. If Al Qaida can't hit us at home, they are going to hit our allies. Now, that's always been a given, but what's different now is that Al Qaida is directing their attention specifically away from the United States and to other countries. Admittedly, this doesn't bode well for France, but it sure speaks volumes to the steps the Bush administration has taken to protect this house.

7 Comments:

At 10:00 PM, September 14, 2006, Blogger elliot said...

Since when have the French been our allies?

 
At 8:05 AM, September 15, 2006, Blogger Jay Bullock said...

Hey, Clantlanklerlous, I thought we were fighting them in Iraq so we didn't have to fight them here. Or in France. Or Britain. Or Spain. Or Indonesia. Or . . .

--folkbum

 
At 12:18 PM, September 15, 2006, Blogger sliverthetomcat said...

Oh no no no. France is most definately not one of our allies.

 
At 12:32 PM, September 15, 2006, Blogger Aaron said...

Jay,

If the French make it easier for the terrorists to operate there versus Iraq, what do you think they're going to do?

Path of least resistance...

 
At 8:14 PM, September 15, 2006, Blogger Chris said...

Since when was France one of our allies?

Once again Jay shows his lack of Military Knowledge. Jay where would you fight them? Where would you draw your line in the sand and say "this stop here"?

Trick question Jay wouldnt fight them until it was too late if then.

 
At 12:27 AM, September 16, 2006, Blogger Cantankerous said...

Hey Blulolck,

Congratulations! You're the first liberal to figure out the war on terror!

We ARE fighting them there so that we don't fight them here.

That they (Al Qaida) want to direct their attention to France only proves that point.

Well done! Don't let your other lefty friends know that you understand that the war on terror keeps the homeland safe. They might disown you.

 
At 4:33 PM, September 16, 2006, Blogger Peter said...

France hasn't been a U.S. ally since it left the military wing of NATO in 1968. If it weren't for the Americans, France would be part of Germany — maybe we should have let the Germans keep it.

 

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