Monday, July 14, 2003

Slightly disturbing display of French military

So at first I was laughing but then a sobering thought came to mind, who else does military parades?

Okay, so France wants to be a player again and they feel the way to do that is to fill the void left by the Soviet Union and become a "counterweight" to the United States. They want to turn all of the EU into this counterweight and use the EU's budget to fund a larger military that they will have leadership over. Not ever really thought it was more than saber rattling but not now. Not with parades like this. Who else has parades displaying military might? The Soviet Union did. Vietnam. Nazi Germany. Fascist Italy. North Korea still does. So does Communist China. Saddam Husien loved these parades. So did Ide Amin. In fact the list of nations with parades like this is almost a who's who of bellicose illiberal dictatorships. This is the direction France in moving towards and this is a cause for concern.


It looks like German generals are once again parading down the Champs Elysees in Paris.

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