France fighting other people’s wars …

It is spring in Paris as you will see from this photo. Yet, so far this year of 2011 has been one of destruction and death; especially so in the Middle East, North Africa and Black Africa. France, though there is peace on its territories, is involved in those wars. As I write these words, […]

Paris in Spring - April 2011

It is spring in Paris as you will see from this photo. Yet, so far this year of 2011 has been one of destruction and death; especially so in the Middle East, North Africa and Black Africa.

France, though there is peace on its territories, is involved in those wars.

As I write these words, France has 11,925 of her military men and women out fighting.

Here are the statistics for the various battlefronts:

Place:                                   Forces:

Afghanistan                         4,000

Ivory Coast                          1,550   (former colony)

Lebanon                               1,450    (formerly mandated to France)

Tchad                                      950  (former colony)

Kosovo                                   765

Central African Republic        240  (former colony)

Gulf of Guinea                        150

Patrolling the Atlantic

to protect shipping

against piracy                            220

 

On aircraft carrier

Charles de Gaulle ready

to intervene where

necessary                               2,600

 

Maybe it is time to say ‘Make Love Not War’ again …

 

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

3 Responses to “France fighting other people’s wars …”

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    Marilyn Z. Tomlins Says:

    Hi Edgar,

    I don’t get your reasoning at all. About Vietnam: The French had warned the American not to go into Vietnam but you would not listen and we know the end of that war: the spectacle of the GIs fleeing Saigon. It was not a question of America having inherited that war from the French. It was a bitter war the French had fought against their former colony, and which the French had then lost. Then the Americans had come along and had lost their war against the Vietcong too. The Foreign Legion accepts men from other countries, yes, and in the Legion they are turned into men, given French nationality and made citizens worthy of the name. Many of them, yes, have had to leave their own country for some reason or other, but in the Legion they pull themselves together. As for Libya. This is not France’s war. To start bombing Libya was a UN decision. Interestingly, here in France it is being felt that we had followed the States into this war against Gaddafi. About Afghanistan? Who followed who in there, and what the hell are we doing there anyway? Last week 6 French soldiers died there.They were given a state funeral yesterday, having ‘died for France’. They died not for France, but for Afghanistan. The French want their soldiers to be pulled out of Afghanistan, and to do so NOW and not starting in 2012 or 2013. I gave genuine statistic about where the French are fighting and I pointed out that there is no war on French soil itself. This is correct.

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    Edgar Says:

    As an American, I feel that in Libya my country is fighting France’s war. France made first strike there and first recognized the rebels’ sovereignty. I am reminded of how the Vietnam war was inherited from France, and also that the elite French Foreign Legion is composed of other nations’ citizens. Who pulls who into what now?

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    Jo Wake Says:

    Basically, join the club, Canadians are fighting all over the damned place and I personally think they shouldn’t be involved. As for the Americans, not my country of course, but schools are closing because they have no money, spending it on wars.

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