Friday, February 01, 2008

Oh, So THAT's Why..

Q: Why do the French call their fighter the "Mirage"?
A: Because it's never seen in a combat zone.

Q: What do you call a French fighter coming to the rescue of American and British soldiers in the Iraqi desert?
A: A Mirage

Going to war without the French is like going hunting without an accordion.

The French are to warfare what the British are to cooking.

Q: Why do French women eat garlic?
A: To keep the French men away.

"The French are a smallish, monkey-looking bunch and not dressed any better, on average, than the citizens of Baltimore. True, you can sit outside in Paris and drink little cups of coffee, but why this is more stylish than sitting inside and drinking large glasses of beer, I don't know."
-- P.J O'Rourke (1989)


In a post on her blog, Debbie Schlussel gives a review of the movie "Raping Europa," about the Nazi art plundering in WW2. She makes a comment about the French that I find very interesting:
"We see how the French went out of their way to save various works from the Louvre and smuggle them into the countryside. We meet the French "art resistance" spies who worked for the Nazis at the Louvre, while they secretly reported back to others the fate of various artworks."

"A question not asked in the movie, but which should have been, is why France cared so much about its art, yet so little about its Jews. Sadly, although this movie is fascinating and interesting, its attitude is that saving art is perhaps more important than saving lives (Jewish or not)."

I rest my case.

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