Saturday, January 21, 2006
  The frog king

A few weeks ago, in a sympathetic mood, I decided to consider France as our ally against the Army of Allah. I didn't expect that France would become (at least rhetorically) the leading force in this war!



Jacques Chirac, last Thursday:

The leaders of states who would use terrorist means against us,
as well as those who would envisage using … weapons of mass
destruction, must understand that they would lay themselves open to
a firm and fitting response on our part. This response could be a
conventional one. It could also be of a different kind.


I've been wishing for something like this ever since WW4 started.

We were able to run WW2 with great efficiency because our Leftists worked zealously for our side. When Russia, the Left's Rodina [motherland], turned against Hitler in 1940, we gained the assistance of a well-organized cultural fighting force, expert in the ways of propaganda, already in control of movies and radio entertainment. (Newspapers were mostly Republican in those days.)

The modern Left is much less unified, but since 1968, and especially since the fall of the Soviet Empire, their ideological fatherland has been France. Will they follow Chirac in this case? Will we gain the assistance of Hollywood and the academic community? Certainly not with the same enthusiasm that, say, Orson Welles and Paul Robeson helped us defeat Hitler. But I'll lay odds that their opposition will be considerably muted from now on. Consider their problem: the Patrie is just itching to nuke the Mohammedans, while Kindler Gentler Georgie is still trying to fight carefully and surgically -- what does a loyal Leftie do? Stick with France, which is now even 'worse' than Amerikkka? Go with Amerikkka as a compromise? Or give full heartfelt allegiance to Osama and the 11th Century?

In such a state of confusion, with no absolute leader available, I think the elite will essentially shut up.


Sidenote: France was already the king of nuclear-generated electricity. Now it becomes the first Euro power to declare that preserving civilization is worth using nuclear weapons. We need to learn from France in both areas. With dramatic illustrations of the dangers of coal power in West Virginia, and dramatic illustrations of Mohammedan insanity in Iran, the time is ripe for a second Manhattan Project.

A competent wartime president would use executive orders to build new atomic power plants immediately, on BRAC'd military bases if necessary. Since we do not currently have a competent wartime President, we'll have to wait for either Hillary or Romney. Can we wait that long? Hope and pray.
 


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