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Gazpacho-eating surrender monkeys take France's crown
Star Newspapers (Chicago) ^ | Sunday, March 28, 2004 | Michael J. Bowers

Posted on 03/28/2004 9:17:44 AM PST by Chi-townChief

Since 1940 the word "France" has been synonymous among many detractors with "surrender."

But now, in a blitzkrieg strike, Spain has wrested away the crown of unmanliness.

Who knew the gazpacho-eaters had it in them?

The French at least held out for nine days against the Third Reich. The Germans began their killing blow on June 5, the morning after the fall of Dunkirk. They attacked along a 400-mile front, deploying 143 divisions against 65.

A few French units fought bravely, but the nation had no heart for the fight. On June 14 their leaders had fled, and the hooked cross flew over the Eiffel Tower.

By contrast, Spain took just three days to surrender to the Islamic Reich.

On March 11, al-Qaida terrorists killed about 200 Spaniards with bombs on commuter trains in Madrid. Promptly on March 14, voters dumped the conservative government of Jose Aznar for socialist Jose Zapatero, who vows to recall Spain's 1,300 soldiers from Iraq by July.

But first, said Zapatero: "My immediate priority will be to combat all kinds of terrorism. The terrorists must know that they will confront all of us together. We will win."

This is astonishing. The man has introduced Europe to an era in which a gang of killers has a supervote in its political decisions. And now he's boasting about tough he is?

Spain is mocked by its killers. The Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades boast: "Praise be to God who gave us this victory in the conquest of Madrid … We change and destroy countries … and this is God's blessing to us."

And so the "Madrilenes" find the price of groveling is steep. In Paris the day after 9-11, Le Monde ran the headline, "We are all Americans now." Today the headlines in France and Spain could read, "We are both capitulators now."

In Europe, terrorism works.

Yet, John Kerry boasts that he has quietly heard from several world leaders who can't wait until he beats President Bush.

Well, yes, I'm sure. Shall we start with the original surrender monkeys of Europe?

Kerry has the support of Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela, who compares America to Nazis; Mahathir Mohamad, former leader of Malaysia, who complains the Jews control the world; the North Korean news agency, which says Kerry has a "sincere attitude" toward negotiations while Bush lies; Romano Prodi, president of the European Commission, who says it is clear that force "is not the answer to resolving the conflict with terrorists"; and al-Jazeera, the television voice of fanatical Muslims.

I predict the "foreign leaders" comment will prove to be the beginning of the end for John Kerry. He is another Howard Dean, but not as much fun to laugh at.

One Lucianne.com reader wondered recently whether he was on course to produce his own "Iowa Scream":

"Not only are we going to win France, and Spain, and Jordan, and Indonesia … we're going to win Iran, and Pakistan, and Morocco! "And then we're going to Washington, D.C., to take back the White House! "YEARGHHHH!"

The British fear they're next on the hit list. If that should happen, it will be telling to see if they cave like the Spanish.

On the one hand, in 1940, Britons defied the bombs of the Luftwaffe. They didn't win the war, but they saved it from being lost. On the other hand, after 9-11, a lot of Britons said quietly that America had it coming.

So we arrive at November in the United States:

The Pentagon fears an attack the week before the election. If any comes, whom will we honor: Churchill or Zapatero?

Sixty-four years after the Battle of Britain, the fate of the world again depends on the will of the people of England and America.

The loss of nearly 600 soldiers is bitterly painful. In hindsight, I think it may be that we should have said no.

Still, I believe the war in Iraq is just. Bush understood the response to 9-11 must not be a law-enforcement operation.

Clinton and Kerry would have had us respond by putting specific individuals on trial. Bush, fortunately, knew he must destroy not only the killers, but also their state sponsors, such as Saddam.

This is known as "getting to the root cause of the problem." Liberals also understand this concept, but only for squishy issues like poverty. When it comes to international slaughter, they say: "Root cause what? Did you say something?"

Bush may fail. But by God, he is fighting with courage and disregard for the grave political risk.

As the first President Roosevelt would have said at the Sorbonne in 1910: Mr. Bush is the brave man in the arena. Shame on his critics — relentless, unmanly and slurping cold tomato soup.

Michael Bowers is a copy editor and page designer for The Star. His column appears every other Sunday. He can be reached by e-mail at mbowers@starnewspapers.com.


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: antifrenchhumor; appeasement; france; spain; surrendermonkeys; wimps
Great column!! I may have gone with Tapas or Paella-eating surrender monkeys but then what do I know?
1 posted on 03/28/2004 9:17:44 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: mjbowers
PING
2 posted on 03/28/2004 9:18:07 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief
Bump
3 posted on 03/28/2004 9:21:02 AM PST by Fiddlstix (This Space Available for Rent or Lease by the Day, Week, or Month. Reasonable Rates. Inquire within.)
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To: Chi-townChief
Bush may fail. But by God, he is fighting with courage and disregard for the grave political
Indeed.
4 posted on 03/28/2004 9:26:30 AM PST by Asclepius (protectionists would oursource our dignity and prosperity in return for illusory job security)
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To: Chi-townChief
The Pentagon fears an attack the week before the election. If any comes, whom will we honor: Churchill or Zapatero?

Oh, I don't think we'll capitulate, they don't know us very well. An attack right before our November election would be the stupidest thing the terrrorists could do.

5 posted on 03/28/2004 9:26:43 AM PST by xJones
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To: Chi-townChief
the Islamic Reich

Nice

6 posted on 03/28/2004 9:31:57 AM PST by VRWC For Truth
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To: Chi-townChief
What's wrong with gazpacho? I like gazpacho. I think you're giving this soup a bad name.
7 posted on 03/28/2004 9:34:57 AM PST by PolitBase
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To: Chi-townChief; mjbowers
GREAT COLUMN, Mike!  You did a magnificent job of capturing the rage and disgust that all right thinking individuals feel when examining this travesty.
The fact that the Spaniards don't feel a deep sense of shame over this act of cowardly capitulation speaks volumes to the divide between europe and America.  Maybe it's the fact that when they look back at their heritage, it's one of bowing down before a king and subjugating themselves, whereas ours is a proud, defiant, libertine tradition.
 
Thanks for posting this Chi-town Chief!

Owl_Eagle

”Unleash the Hogs of Peace.”
P.J. O'Rourke Parliament of Whores

8 posted on 03/28/2004 9:40:13 AM PST by South Hawthorne ("I AIN'T GOT TIME FO' YO' JIBBA JABBA, FOOL!!!"~ Mr. T.)
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To: Chi-townChief
Spain is mocked by its killers. The Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades boast: "Praise be to God who gave us this victory in the conquest of Madrid … We change and destroy countries … and this is God's blessing to us."

Simply disgusting.

My first reaction was Tapas eating surrender monkeys, but it just doesn't have the same charm of cheese eating surrender monkeys. Hmm, Madeira swilling surrender monkeys?

9 posted on 03/28/2004 9:55:09 AM PST by TheSpottedOwl (Until Kofi Annan rides the Jerusalem RTD....nothing will change.)
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To: Chi-townChief
"The French at least held out for nine days against the Third Reich. The Germans began their killing blow on June 5, the morning after the fall of Dunkirk. They attacked along a 400-mile front, deploying 143 divisions against 65.

"A few French units fought bravely, but the nation had no heart for the fight.

I would not say that. There leaders and generals were incompetent, but the French Army could have put up a vigorous defence if properly lead.

Nowadays, of course...
10 posted on 03/28/2004 10:00:00 AM PST by proxy_user
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To: Chi-townChief
The National Geographic is issuing new maps with Al-Andalus marked in the southwestern corner of Europe.
11 posted on 03/28/2004 10:45:38 AM PST by Malesherbes
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To: Chi-townChief
Like the boys in Kalifornica, the Spanish ALL squat to pee as the women make the rules.

Put All islam to the sword and the sword to All islam.
12 posted on 03/28/2004 11:21:14 AM PST by S.O.S121.500 ("Just gag me with a three-skegged surf board." Apologies to Bob Hardy Jr.-where ever you are.)
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To: VRWC For Truth
Islamic Reich - that is great! What is the Arabic for "Ein volk, ein Reich, ein fuhrer"? This is rich territory for parody material...
13 posted on 03/28/2004 8:56:49 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Communism failed because people like to own stuff)
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To: Malesherbes
Yep, and all foods most be inspected to dtermine if it meets Halal standards.
14 posted on 03/28/2004 8:59:24 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Communism failed because people like to own stuff)
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And the most important sentence in that entire (excellent) editorial was:

Sixty-four years after the Battle of Britain, the fate of the world again depends on the will of the people of England and America.

Yes. And again, I expect that Britain will stand hard with us as they have before, and will again.
15 posted on 03/28/2004 9:08:53 PM PST by Robert Teesdale
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