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The Pro-Americanism of a French Intellectual

Posted by Reid on April 28, 2008

Great Post at Flopping Aces, much more detail of this French Intellectual who “got it” I would more would, including some Americans!

“Clearly, a civilization that feels guilty for everything it is and does will lack the energy and conviction to defend itself.”
Jean-Francois Revel
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Revel also detected a tendency of other countries to ascribe their own worst faults to the Americans in a curious “reversal of culpability”. Thus, the Japanese and Germans excoriate America for “militarism”; the Mexicans attack it for “electoral corruption”; the British accuse it of “imperialism”; the Chinese accuse it of “hegemonism”; and Arab writers, post 9/11, for “abridging press freedom”.

“We French have had little to say against Saddam Hussein, Muammar Qaddafi, Kim Jong Il, Fidel Castro, Robert Mugabe, the imams of the Islamic Republic of Iran, or the bosses of China and Vietnam. We reserve our admonitions and our contempt and our attacks for Ronald Reagan and George W Bush.”

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