“Actually, no - during WWII my father was a prisoner of war of the Germans for five years, I would never have been born, had they considered that there were no Geneva conventions and it was therefore advisable to kill him.”
“Hitler declared war on the US, that's why the US had to join. No one seems to know this in Hollywood.
By the way, allied bombings in France in 1944 killed more than 80,000 civilians and wrought lots of destruction, while France is the country where the highest percentage of Jewish people were saved, compared to other occupied nations. Why we always get labelled as anti-semite nazis is a mystery to me, unless it was just because General de Gaulle did not want to submit to Roosevelt.”
ddavidhealey on Jul 26, 2013 at 10:18:25
“Part two sorry i had a mental break at the end the General i was thinking of who should have led the Free French was Philippe François Marie Leclerc not the colonel.”
ddavidhealey on Jul 26, 2013 at 10:02:15
“Good points but Germany did not do so until after Pearl Horbour. You make some very powerful points bearing in mind i am half French one great Aunt and her husband ended up in a concentyration camp for helping allied airmen escape, ever male over 18 in my immediate family were sent to force labour camps in stuttgard and Munch, and it destroyed the family as my grandmother and mother was able to escape.
There has always being this view that France is somehow more anti semitic than any other country apart from Germany when its not true, i think it might be the fact that people overreated to the point that the French Catholics did not like Jews and things like Dreyfus. But communities in relaity tended whilst not being close there was not that much hatred.
You also point to one of my least favourites French persons De Gaulle i think you are right it was considered the Colonel as that was his rank was more controllable than a real hero of France who was a proven General.
I still cannot get over some of the points some americans made when French troops we akes to help in Mali, and it has chnaged my view of Americans to some extent. thank you for you comments.”
“Er... the fact that the reports do not mention the rioters are muslim is proof they are?
Actually, I was reading an article in Libération right now, three guys have been judged for these riots today, called Cédric, Wilfrid and Christopher. Those cany muslims! Hiding themselves under non muslims names!”
“Les US sont rentrés en guerre plus de deux ans après le début des hostilités, en trainant les pieds, et uniquement lorsque Hitler leur a déclaré la guerre, pas pour nous défendre. Nous ne sommes pas à Hollywood, ici.”
I guess my problem is that I can't see the link between religion and cooking, but perhaps it is different in judaism.”
johndr3048 on Sep 6, 2013 at 17:28:03
“When you are talking about Jews, you are talking about more than religion-- you are talking about a People. Other cultures bake bread-- baking challah for Shabbat is also a cultural thing. When we use bread during any religious service (Shabbat for instance) it is challah. For Jews it is associated with the Shabbat dinner.”
“Sure, but isn't it just an askenazi custom, and aren't other non-jewish people from the region preparing similar braided bread too?”
quindy on Sep 8, 2013 at 20:53:36
“Swiss and Germans (non Jews) eat challah for breakfast. I am sure many other people too. It has nothing to do with religion.”
johndr3048 on Sep 6, 2013 at 14:00:50
“Both Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jews bake
challah. The difference is that Sephardic challah can't be sweet so no honey or anything to compete with the flour. Someone else may have a different understanding-- you know the 2 Jews 3 opinions thing. But also in answer to other groups making braided bread-- sure but not traditionally for Shabbat. That is special.”
brooklynjon on Sep 6, 2013 at 13:52:14
“Challah is categorized as a European braided desert bread. Whatever you call it, it's delicious.”
“France left Vietnam then, after that, the USA wanted to go in to avoid the spread of dreaded communism. France (Général de Gaulle) advised them not to do so. Many dead people later, you should have realised he was right all along.”
ItsEmu on Aug 30, 2013 at 13:53:24
“Just like the British who pushed us into Iraq and then were the first ones to leave. ”
“You seem to be suggesting it would an improvement for Syrians to be attacked both by Chemical Weapons and by our own drones / missiles ? Outside of Hollywood movies, the only way out of such situations lies in talk, talk, talk towards a negotiated political movies.
And, by the way, what's all this about "wimp Europeans standing by and letting Hitler massacring Poland"? The UK, France and their empires immediately declared war against Germany when this happened, in accordance with their treaties. The glorious US of A only did it when it had to, more than two years later, because Hitler had foolishly declared war against it.”
JOHND777 on Sep 22, 2013 at 05:46:34
“Thanks for making my point. Exactly, the USA stood by and let it happen just as we are doing now (admitting my comment was intended for effect) ! Perhaps, France, Russia, Poland and England could have saved many morel lives had we moved earlier to lend a hand. Is the comparison fair for Chemical Assad, I say Yes.”
“I agree that those ignorant jokes about the French army are just that, ignorant and offensive, but I take issue with the idea that the French soldiers who died in WWI did so for "freedom and democracy". The great WWI bloodbath was caused by overt and covert diplomacy, nationalism and power and money hungry little men safe away from the trenches.”
Brutus Beefstick on Aug 28, 2013 at 05:52:30
“In 1914 France was the most democratic country on earth, after Australia and New Zealand. France had no Jim Crow Laws. It was a wellspring of Liberal thought and the philosophy of Freedom. French Universities were the best in the world and the French Empire was unusually benevolent.
The causes of The Great War were many and varied and many scholarly books have been written on the subject. But after all the palaver about Nationalism, Imperialism, alliances and diplomacy have been stripped away, the real reason was German railway timetables. Once the trains started to roll, they simply couldn't be stopped; even though Bethman-Hollweg tried and is reported to have broken down in tears when he realised the full implications. The Germans had no war aims, no goal - other than to win once they realised they couldn't stop the trains..
The "hungry little men" were mostly on Wall Street. Many fortunes were made betting on the War's outcome.”
“I have been checking users' comments in the main French, US and UK media outlets. The articles are all about demonising Assad and screaming for war, but it appears that their readers are not duped. Not at all.
We are supposed to be democracies. Shouldn't our opinion matter? We are talking about yet another war, as if, to take the latest examples, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, didn't show us that humanitarian bombings simply do not work.
The UN statutes, declaring wars of aggression a crime, were written just after WWII by men who had just witnessed what war means. It is not like an Hollywood movie.”
Elaine Kurpiel on Aug 26, 2013 at 11:42:03
“Looking at the faces of the Syrian refugees and casualties of bombing and chemical weapons...how could anyone not be moved? Thinking about the fear, despair, physical and emotional pain, finding friends and family members dead, loss of their homes and all possessions, not knowing if they will be alive at the end of the day. These are the true faces of war and my heart literally breaks and I cry until the tears are dried up and still I know I don't comprehend the full impact of what the people are feeling.”
cw1011 on Aug 26, 2013 at 11:20:26
“I just hope that the facts are not "made to fit the conclusion". Apparently, as I see it, the US and most of our allies would LIKE if the proof to show that the gas was fired by Assad. To me it doesn't make sense. Why would Assad want to provoke other countries when he already has that internal mess on his hands. Makes no sense. I am suspicious about WHO makes up the members of the rebels. I believe that we should take a really good look at this--we don't need Syria to turn into an AlQaeda base, if it isn't one already.”
Blackspeare on Aug 26, 2013 at 11:18:23
“I like what you said, except the bombing of Belgrade did stop Milosovic in Bosnia, but did result in many civilian deaths in Belgrade. I had a Serbian colleague whose parents lived in Belgrade and it was horrible; bombing bridges with cars on it, power stations with personnel inside, etc. The general rule is that the capital city of a head of state is a target and that is what Obama is struggling with. If you just target military sites, that doesn't work.”
“Perhaps having embassies which look like embassies, not like armed fortresses, would help the US image?”
Rich 412 on Aug 4, 2013 at 17:57:51
“I agree. If we separated our intelligence gathering facilities from our embassies the intelligence agency could look more like armed fortresses, people expect that, leaving our embassies looking more like the foreign embassies in the United States, i.e. like traditional inviting embassies, with architectural merit.”
“The hostage-takers have threatened to blow up the gas plant should any type of cowboy action like what you suggest is tried...”
gbrindel on Jan 16, 2013 at 15:47:17
“so did the somali pirates. trouble is, they were dead before they knew what was happening. i would bet we have teams that have trained for this exact scenario, or one that is VERY close. it wouldn't be a "cowboy" operation. it would be as detailed and precise as reattaching a hand for a surgeon. that's why the bill is going to be $500 mil. ”
"... But as insurgents swept through the desert last year, commanders of this nation’s elite army units, the fruit of years of careful American training, defected when they were needed most — taking troops, guns, trucks and their newfound skills to the enemy in the heat of battle, according to senior Malian military officials. ..."