Monday, April 06, 2009

Deeper reasons why the French hate NATO

Beyond just opposing the expansion of an alliance used to further the interests of American domination. France has a very important tradition of being independent, especially with regards to the U.S., and has expressed this in various ways, the biggest in this case being De Gaulle's withdrawal of France from NATO in the '60s. The reason for objecting to the U.S. and to the U.S.' expanding role in the world is quite simple: while Americans trumpet the virtues of their revolution all over the globe as promoting freedom, democracy, and opportunity, France too had a little Revolution of their own, the consequences of which were just as broad, if not broader for Europe. At one point in time the majority of Europe was under French control during the Napoleonic era, and the ideas of the Revolution were exported to the countries that France gained control over. So the French see no need to join in the chorus of America as the city on the hill, chosen by destiny to liberate the world. In point of fact the French Revolution was more thoroughgoing and deeper than the American Revolution was, so much so that large parts of the American public and certainly of the American political establishment, suddenly found themselves in sympathy with British moderate conservatives like Edmund Burke, conservatives from the same country that they so vocally despised in their calls for independence and liberty.

Which is part of why the French resent becoming a member of an American dominated 'defense' force that depends on recruiting former Communist states to keep it in the American pocket.

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