La gran mentira francesa

16.03.2009 @ 10:22 \10\Mon, 16 Mar 2009 10:22:52 +0000\52 +0000 UTC

Ahora que Francia va a regresar al consejo de seguridad de NATO, están saliendo algunos trapitos al sol.

There is a story about a conversation between General de Gaulle, who, as president of the French Republic, telephoned his American counterpart Lyndon B Johnson, to inform him that France had decided to withdraw from the North Atlantic Treaty alliance.

Since its foundation nearly two decades earlier, Nato had had its headquarters in France. Now Nato would have to move.

Furthermore, de Gaulle added, it was his intention that all American service personnel should be removed from French soil.

“Does that include,” Johnson is said to have replied, “those buried in it?”

Ouch.

De todos los países de europa que son anti-américa (casi todos), el que es anti-américa de hueso colorado es Francia. Ah los franceses tan orgulloso. Tan orgullosos de qué se preguntarán ustedes?… también yo.

Cuando Francia “fue liberada” de la invasión Nazi, Charles de Gaulle dijo:

Paris had been liberated by her own people, he declared, “with the help of the armies of France, with the help and support of the whole of France, that is to say of fighting France, the true France, the eternal France.”

Solamente que hay una pequenia mentira ahí. Efectivamente, hubo franceses que lucharon para liberar a Francia – 19 en total. Pero hubo más noruegos que lo hicieron también.

The historian Andrew Roberts has calculated that of the 4,572 allied servicemen who died on that day on which, in retrospect, so much of human history seems now to have pivoted – only 19 were French. That is 0.4%.

Of the rest, 37 were Norwegians, and one was Belgian. The rest were from the English speaking world – two New Zealanders, 13 Australians, 359 Canadians, 1,641 Britons and, most decisively of all, 2,500 Americans.

No solamente no ganan guerras, sino que se adjudican victorias que no son suyas.

Vía la BBC

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