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Why are French Jews leaving France?
Jerusalem Post ^ | 9-13-06 | CARL HOFFMAN

Posted on 09/13/2006 5:16:15 PM PDT by SJackson

Ask people outside the French immigrant community why the Jews are leaving their country, and the usual answer is that they are making aliya to escape the rising tide of anti-Semitism. Ask the French olim themselves, however, and the responses become more diverse and complex.

Many recent arrivals say in no uncertain terms that it was primarily anti-Semitism that brought them from France to Israel. Others acknowledge that while anti-Semitism has increased in recent years, the phenomenon has been due largely to the intifada and emanates mainly from young Muslim immigrant men, mostly from North Africa and poorly integrated into French culture and society.

Many French olim claim that fervent Zionism and a strong attachment to Israel have impelled them to leave France and establish new roots here. Others appear to be hedging their bets, making what has come to be known as "Airbus aliya," in which the family's wife and children live in Israel, while the husband keeps his job in France and commutes between the countries.

While the reasons for making aliya vary from one family to the next, no one disputes the assertion that being Jewish in France has become more difficult during the past six years. With a tradition of anti-Semitism that dates back to Medieval times and the Crusades, France became a virtual icon of anti-Semitism in the 19th century with the Dreyfus trial - often said to have been Theodor Herzl's inspiration for the creation of modern political Zionism - and the mass round-up of Jews by the Vichy government during World War II.

French intellectuals are unabashedly anti-Israel, and the French government has often displayed a pro-Arab and pro-Palestinian bias since Israel's resounding success in the 1967 Six Day War.

With the beginning of the second intifada in September 2000, French Jews began to note a sharp increase in anti-Semitism with incidents and violent attacks unlike anything seen since the 1940s. Many of these incidents have been perpetrated by Muslim immigrants.

France's National Consultative Committee on Human Rights reported a sixfold surge in acts of violence against Jewish people, property and institutions from 2001 to 2002. In 2003, a popular Jewish DJ was brutally murdered in Paris, apparently by a radical Muslim youth organization. This was followed in 2004 by incidents. For example, a Jewish school bus was set on fire in Strasbourg; a concert by an Israeli singer in Macon was repeatedly interrupted by shouts of "Death to the Jews"; a 14-year-old boy wearing a kippa was beaten near the entrance to a Paris Metro station, with bystanders refusing to intervene; a female Jewish teacher was knocked down, beaten and trampled in central Paris; a University of Saint-Antoine medical school class was interrupted by four men shouting anti-Semitic threats and beating a Jewish student, while the class and professor looked on in silence; and a 12-year-old girl leaving a Jewish school was beaten by two men who carved a swastika into her face with a box cutter. Synagogues were torched, Jewish cemeteries were desecrated, and Jewish institutions were vandalized, damaged or destroyed.

The number and virulence of these violent attacks have indeed been reflected in the number of Jews leaving France for Israel: 11,148 between 2000 and 2005, with a 35-year high of 3,300 Jewish immigrants in 2005. While statistics for 2006 are unavailable, every indication suggests another banner year for French immigration to Israel, despite the recent war in Lebanon.

On July 25, at the height of the war, no fewer than 650 Jews arrived from France - 500 from Paris and 150 from Marseille - marking the largest number of immigrants to arrive in a single day from France since 1971.

Much of the impetus to leave France for new lives in Israel has come as the result of deep internal soul-searching among French Jews. Many of them have concluded that there is simply no future for them in France.

As Simon Kohana, president of the largely Sephardic Jewish Citizens Forum said recently, "We have begun to ask ourselves if we can even stay in France. Are we really French citizens? We have the feeling that we are a people apart."

At the same time, however, critics charge that much of the motivation to leave France can be attributed to a concerted effort by the Israeli government to lure French Jews to Israel. With Jewish immigration from the former Soviet Union having apparently dried up for the moment and the long dreamt-of influx of immigrants from English-speaking countries yet to materialize, Israel is looking to France's Jewish community - the second largest in Europe - to provide a fertile source of "warm bodies" to settle here and add weight to the demographic balance of Jews and Arabs.

Former prime minister Ariel Sharon angered the French government in 2004 by urging French Jews to immigrate to Israel for their own safety, and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert recently reminded French Jews of the anti-Semitism in their country and urged them to send their children to Israel.

Jewish Agency president Sallai Meridor said last April that Israel has a "national duty" to bring French Jews to Israel for their safety and security as the Agency stepped up its activities in France.

Yet not all French Jews are heeding the call to aliya or feel particularly receptive to the Israeli government's efforts to induce them to emigrate.

"France is not an anti-Semitic country," said Roger Cukierman, president of an umbrella group of Jewish organizations in France, in April 2005. "Out of a population of about 600,000, some 2,400 people making aliya is not very many, in spite of all the talk about leaving."

Other community leaders accuse the Jewish Agency of playing on French Jews' fears of anti-Semitism while knowing that there will simply not be enough jobs or employment opportunities waiting when they arrive in Israel.

Finally, many left-wing French Jews accuse the Jewish Agency of focusing their efforts on religious families while ignoring the secular members of the community, a charge that Meridor denies.

While the debate over why French Jews are leaving France may not be resolved any time soon, one thing remains certain: French Jews are leaving in steadily rising numbers, and most of them are coming to Israel.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arielsharon; eurabia; europeanunion; france; frogs; islamofascism; israel; judeophobia; sarkozy; surrender; whiteflag
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1 posted on 09/13/2006 5:16:16 PM PDT by SJackson
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2 posted on 09/13/2006 5:17:14 PM PDT by SJackson (The PilgrimsóDoing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do!)
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To: SJackson

Jews who stay in France will evenually receive another coplimentary train ride from the French people.


3 posted on 09/13/2006 5:19:39 PM PDT by Lexington Green (Peace Through Victory)
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To: SJackson
If I were a french jew, I'd leave because of all the islamofascists in that country, but that's just me. Why stay with a bunch of lowlife scum that want to eliminate me and my religion from the face of the earth?
4 posted on 09/13/2006 5:20:00 PM PDT by bfree (Liberalism-the yellow meat,)
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To: Lexington Green
Jews who stay in France will evenually receive another coplimentary train ride from the French people.

It's not the train ride that hurts, it's the shower at the end of the ride!

5 posted on 09/13/2006 5:26:56 PM PDT by calex59 (Hillary Clinton is dumber than a one eyed monkey with a brain tumor(credit to Harley69))
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To: SJackson

Perhaps the real question should be:

Why isn't EVERYBODY leaving France? :o)

But of course, we know those who had their third bottle of wine by mid-afternoon have an excuse.


6 posted on 09/13/2006 5:27:35 PM PDT by Rhetorical pi2
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To: SJackson

The smart ones see the handwriting on the wall. Israel is their ONLY safe haven.


7 posted on 09/13/2006 5:28:42 PM PDT by BigFinn
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To: SJackson
"Much of the impetus to leave France for new lives in Israel has come as the result of deep internal soul-searching among French Jews. Many of them have concluded that there is simply no future for them in France."

Well, unless you aspire to a future as a lampshade...

8 posted on 09/13/2006 5:30:19 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: SJackson
Why are French Jews leaving France?

Because they still have that good Yiddishe kopf.

9 posted on 09/13/2006 5:30:24 PM PDT by Jim Noble (Something is happening here but you don't know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones?)
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To: SJackson

Islamo-Franco-Fasism!


10 posted on 09/13/2006 5:31:58 PM PDT by airborne (Fecal matter is en route to fan! Contact is imminent!)
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To: SJackson

Jews are leaving because they fear a French surrender to the Islamofascists.


11 posted on 09/13/2006 5:33:49 PM PDT by Thunder90
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To: SJackson
The European Muslims are serving as the nidus for a social pandemic of hate. It will affect the Jews first and then the rest of us later.

Multiculturalism is proving to be the Black Plague of the 21st century.
12 posted on 09/13/2006 5:35:14 PM PDT by shrinkermd
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To: SJackson

Why were many Jews leaving or trying to leave Germany in the 1930's?


13 posted on 09/13/2006 5:37:47 PM PDT by arthurus (Better to fight them over THERE than over HERE)
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To: SJackson

When there is anti-Islam, why don't the Muslims leave?


14 posted on 09/13/2006 5:38:38 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: SJackson
"Why are French Jews leaving France? "

Because they can read their history books

15 posted on 09/13/2006 5:39:28 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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To: SJackson

If the French have a difficult time with Judaism, it will be interesting to watch their reaction to Islamism. Me thinks that is much more of a cultural divide and will be more difficult. Wait til they start destroying art in the Louvre, as the Taliban destroyed the Buddhas in Afghanistan.


16 posted on 09/13/2006 5:39:38 PM PDT by Alissa
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To: SJackson

Jews are leaving France because they are smart.


17 posted on 09/13/2006 5:40:11 PM PDT by monkeyshine
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To: SJackson

The Stalinist-Saladnist Pact has no room for Jews.


18 posted on 09/13/2006 5:40:19 PM PDT by ivy (Ivy's ex bf 3-10-1998)
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To: Alissa

Violating Multicultural sensibilities seems to be the greatest misdeed in France and the rest of Western Europe.

That trumps all the cultural reasons to oppose the 5th columnists.


19 posted on 09/13/2006 5:42:15 PM PDT by ivy (Ivy's ex bf 3-10-1998)
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To: SJackson
Things are not always as they seem.

I met some people a few years ago in Caesarea who are French expatriates, and who help others leave France. They said that the favorable inheritance tax situation was a big motivator.

ML/NJ

20 posted on 09/13/2006 5:42:56 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: BigFinn

I believe we have a winner!

Good point.


21 posted on 09/13/2006 5:44:40 PM PDT by alarm rider (Those that vote for RINOS knowingly, have already admitted defeat.)
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Eventually the Jews will have no choice but to leave France. A pogrom of WW2 proportions is in the offing. Closer than we think. Other European countries are almost as bad--the climate of public Jew -hatred in the UK is chilling. Jews concerned with their children's future must leave Europe while they still can.


22 posted on 09/13/2006 5:46:53 PM PDT by Godwin1
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To: muir_redwoods

"Why are French Jews leaving France? "
"Because they can read their history books"

And because they learned from their History books.


23 posted on 09/13/2006 5:47:42 PM PDT by Bi-ped Carbon Unit ("...Hindsight alone is not wisdom, and second guessing is not a strategy." GWB)
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To: SJackson

I'm not Jewish, but I am somewhat Tsalagi, and the lesson history teaches me is that outgunned people get stuck with hind tit status. This would not happen in an ideal world, but, when have we ever had an ideal world?
If you won't fight back, or you can't fight back, it is your choice, and your problem. Once you start to run, you will never be able to stop.
It is wonderful to live the life of a poet and philosopher, but you'd best remember how to sharpen your knife.


24 posted on 09/13/2006 5:47:46 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (MAY I DIE ON MY FEET IN MY SWAMP, BUAIDH NO BAS)
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Eventually the Jews will have no choice but to leave France. A pogrom of WW2 proportions is in the offing. Closer than we think. Other European countries are almost as bad--the climate of public Jew -hatred in the UK is chilling. Jews concerned with their children's future must leave Europe while they still can.


25 posted on 09/13/2006 5:48:50 PM PDT by Godwin1
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To: Rhetorical pi2
The article, published by the Jerusalem Post, is a little disingenuous -- many French Jews are leaving France but not going to Israel -- they are going to the US, Latin America, Canada and Australia.

I live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and run into French Jews by the dozens.

26 posted on 09/13/2006 5:48:54 PM PDT by ChicagoHebrew (Hell exists, it is real. It's a quiet green meadow populated entirely by Arab goat herders.)
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To: SJackson

The ones who haven't left yet must be awfully dense.


27 posted on 09/13/2006 5:55:53 PM PDT by sandra_789 (.)
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To: Jim Noble

Why are the French Jews leaving France? Jews are the proverbial canaries in the mineshaft. . .


28 posted on 09/13/2006 6:05:45 PM PDT by doberville
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To: Godwin1
Isn't it "a coincidence" that Islamists and Neo-Nazis are raising their ugly anti-Semitic head at the same time?

Belgian police detain two more in neo-Nazi probe

Nazis set to claim German seats

British Police accused of inaction as anti-Jewish alliance emerges

or maybe it's not "a coincidence" at all?

WWII Nazis & where they went post WWII

29 posted on 09/13/2006 6:07:59 PM PDT by Bokababe ( http://www.savekosovo.org)
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To: SJackson

Mark.


30 posted on 09/13/2006 6:17:43 PM PDT by Alia
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To: SJackson
One thing bothers me.
Jews have a bad history.
Every so often they get whacked.
In WWII Jews were dispersed, unable to form any protective group, rounded up and delivered to showers with nerve gas, ovens and worked to death as slaves.
So, they concentrated in a nation state and beat off conventual armies.
However, now they are most susceptible to a handful of nuclear ovens, detonated over 3-4 cities.
Some defense could be had by threatening nation state cities with equal or worse treatment.
However Hezballah opens a new means by which the nation state, in this case Lebanon, can claim powerlessness. These Psalmist are willing to do and take the deaths. It is not that they don't care, they welcome it.
31 posted on 09/13/2006 6:17:44 PM PDT by Leisler (Read the Koran, real Islam is not peaceful.)
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To: Leisler

Psalmist = Islamists


32 posted on 09/13/2006 6:19:18 PM PDT by Leisler (Read the Koran, real Islam is not peaceful.)
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To: SJackson
It's so helpful of the MSM to always explain the "root causes" to us - in this case, the failure of France "to integrate" the Moslem youth. That's a promimate cause. The real root cause is that France let the Moslems in by the millions.
33 posted on 09/13/2006 6:29:30 PM PDT by Malesherbes
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To: shrinkermd

"The European Muslims are serving as the nidus for a social pandemic of hate. It will affect the Jews first and then the rest of us later."

Correct.


34 posted on 09/13/2006 6:30:33 PM PDT by milford421 (U.N. OUT OF U.S.)
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To: SJackson

Brigitte Bardot has been saying it for more than a few years, even been punished for it, that the Muzzie immigrants are a danger to France, to French culture. It's clear they are resistant to assimiliation, disdainful of the French as a whole and are openly anti-semitic, they say these things themselves. Few are listening.


35 posted on 09/13/2006 6:38:36 PM PDT by fortunecookie
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To: SJackson

I ask, why would anyone leave France. TO come to the USA.


36 posted on 09/13/2006 6:41:30 PM PDT by GeorgefromGeorgia
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37 posted on 09/13/2006 6:42:11 PM PDT by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 97-103)
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To: SJackson
From our old friends at Saturday Night Live:

"France: rolling countrysides, sprawling vineyards, quaint cafes.

"France: home to the world's greatest painters, chefs, and anti-Semites.

"The French: cowardly, yet opinionated; arrogant, yet foul-smelling; anti-Israel, anti-American, and, of course, as always, Jew-hating.

"Paris: the city of whores, dog feces on every corner, and effete men yelling anti-Semitic remarks at children. The real crème de la crème of world culture.

"With all that's going on in the world, isn't it about time we got back to hating the French?"

38 posted on 09/13/2006 6:47:06 PM PDT by RichInOC ("Rich, I fart in your general direction!")
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To: SJackson

Hey, France is the country that hosted the "Dreyfus Affair". If history had turned out slightly differently (imagine a German-imposed armistice in WW1 in 1917, Kaiser survives), it might have been France & not Germany that butchered European Jewry.


39 posted on 09/13/2006 7:06:12 PM PDT by Tallguy (The problem with this war is the name... You don't wage war against a tactic.)
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To: RichInOC

You forgot,hairy women.


40 posted on 09/13/2006 7:14:09 PM PDT by Boazo (From the mind of BOAZO)
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To: Boazo

I can't take credit for that. SNL did it as a parody tourism commercial.


41 posted on 09/13/2006 7:21:48 PM PDT by RichInOC ("Rich, go away before I taunt you a second time!")
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To: SJackson
"France is not an anti-Semitic country," said Roger Cukierman, president of an umbrella group of Jewish organizations in France, in April 2005. "Out of a population of about 600,000, some 2,400 people making aliya is not very many, in spite of all the talk about leaving."

An article I read on FR about a month ago said 50% of French Jews had left within the last 10 or maybe it was 15 years - an astounding number.

42 posted on 09/13/2006 7:32:28 PM PDT by Northern Alliance
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To: SJackson
... the number of Jews leaving France for Israel: 11,148 between 2000 and 2005, with a 35-year high of 3,300 Jewish immigrants in 2005. While statistics for 2006 are unavailable, every indication suggests another banner year for French immigration to Israel

Considering the size of the Jewish population in France, the numbers would represent approx 2 to 3 percent of French Jews.

It is not quite a "flood".

43 posted on 09/13/2006 7:36:15 PM PDT by Nachum
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"Other community leaders accuse the Jewish Agency of playing on French Jews' fears of anti-Semitism while knowing that there will simply not be enough jobs or employment opportunities waiting when they arrive in Israel. "

Israel managed to find work for est one million people from the FSU. They can find work for 2,400 French Jews.


44 posted on 09/13/2006 8:03:05 PM PDT by dervish (the worst are filled with passionate intensity)
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To: SJackson

"Former prime minister Ariel Sharon angered the French government in 2004 by urging French Jews to immigrate to Israel for their own safety"

PM Sharon's mistake was in not including Jews from the UK, Belgium and Holland in that statement.


45 posted on 09/13/2006 8:04:57 PM PDT by dervish (the worst are filled with passionate intensity)
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To: bfree

Boy, I'd leave too. The government won't protect them from the lowlife scum islamofascists, why stay there and support the government? And if the gov is too weak to protect these few, what ARE they capable of doing? I'd run screaming.


46 posted on 09/13/2006 8:25:24 PM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: Sarah

Ping!

Please comment on this thread from your perspective as a French Jew. Very interested to hear what you have to say.


47 posted on 09/13/2006 8:38:22 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: Northern Alliance
An article I read on FR about a month ago said 50% of French Jews had left within the last 10 or maybe...15 years...

That number was grossly axaggerated.

48 posted on 09/13/2006 8:48:19 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: SJackson
At the same time, however, critics charge that much of the motivation to leave France can be attributed to a concerted effort by the Israeli government to lure French Jews to Israel. With Jewish immigration from the former Soviet Union having apparently dried up for the moment and the long dreamt-of influx of immigrants from English-speaking countries yet to materialize, Israel is looking to France's Jewish community - the second largest in Europe - to provide a fertile source of "warm bodies" to settle here and add weight to the demographic balance of Jews and Arabs.

And I can see the Israeli department of immigration advertisements in France... "Come to Israel. We like Jews, and we won't kill you!"

Best sort of ad. Simple. To the point. Tells the truth!

Mark

49 posted on 09/13/2006 8:58:55 PM PDT by MarkL (When Kaylee says "No power in the `verse can stop me," it's cute. When River says it, it's scary!)
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To: SJackson
While the history of antisemitism in France is real, it should be pointed out that it is much less severe when compared to Germany and much of Eastern Europe, and the Arab world of the 20th century.

On the other hand, Napoleon, for all his flaws, intituted citizen's rights for Jews within his empire, a step which was revolutionary in the Europe of his era.

Furthermore, though Dreyfus was wrongfully convicted of treason, this serious injustice was officially redressed - with the assistance of the Jewish community and many non-Jews alike - and he was released from a long imprisonment.

Not to condone the French, but their historical attitudes toward Jews must be placed in the proper perspective by comparison to other European countries.

50 posted on 09/13/2006 9:10:21 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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