The French Oppressors

The French Oppressors: Tsk, tsk, tsk…what sort of unilateralist colonialism is France getting involved in down on the Ivory Coast? Just look at this picture….

It’s obvious that these poor people are being victimized by French imperialism! They’re so traumatized that they’re even asking for help from the cowboy Yankee hegemons here in the US….

“Waving U.S. flags, the 6,000 people appealed to Washington to block the French-brokered power-sharing accord with rebels who control about half of Ivory Coast, once the economic engine of West Africa.

Cheering crowds mobbed the car of a few Americans who ventured out, chanting, “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” and pleading for American support. Heavily armed U.S. soldiers looked on.

Organizers passed out lyrics of the “Star-Spangled Banner” for the crowd to sing. One protester carried a sign that read, “Our freedom is in your hands, U.S.A.”

The U.S. State Department already has said it supports the accord and has urged both sides to comply with it. That stance appears not to have sunk in with the loyalists.”

It’s always tempting to laugh at the French’s misfortune, but in all honesty their intentions seem to be good. They’re just trying to bring peace to a country that looks as if it’s getting ready to be torn apart by a civil war. But, as we’ve learned through decades hard earned experience here in the US, no good deed goes unpunished. The people you try to help don’t appreciate it & half the time you get condemned for even making the effort. That’s how the world works and if you wonder why so few countries are even willing to try to make a real difference, that’s why. It takes “testicular fortitude” to keep on trying to help when you get it thrown back in your face and most countries aren’t going to keep on making the effort after a few bad experiences.

***Update***: The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler has an update on the rapidly deteriorating situation on the Ivory Coast. Of course, he takes a few gratuitious shots at the French as well…

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