Boycotting France.

Old Mar 27th, 2003, 03:48 PM
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You know the world is going crazy when the Swiss hold the America's Cup, France is accusing the US of arrogance, and Germany doesn't want to go to war.
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Old Mar 27th, 2003, 03:51 PM
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It is not my job to enforce U.S. policy by refusing to engage in unrelated transactions, travel or relationships involving people who happen to reside in countries with which the U.S. government has policy differences. It's that simple.
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Old Mar 27th, 2003, 03:55 PM
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Why would you let the politicians right or wrong (or is it left?)keep you at home? Just take your duct tape.
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Old Mar 27th, 2003, 03:59 PM
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We were planning a culinary and wine tour of France for this summer. It has been changed to Spain.

Why? Because i'm currently irritated with France and it's governments position. One of the benefits of being a "little person" is that I don't have to have a good reason other than i'm irritated. I can do what I want with my money and I choose not to do anything with it in France. I could say i'm tired of Chirac's hypocrisy and his arrogance, or I could defend myself to all those who would say i'm not being fair. But I won't because I don't have to. I feel the French are free to do the same if they are irritated with America. You won't hear me complaining.
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Old Mar 27th, 2003, 04:57 PM
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I too am irritated with the French government and their blatant actions of trying to thwart the United States effort in freeing the Iraqi people of the tyranny of Saddam Hussein. I have a trip to France planned in May and so far have not cancelled, and most likely, I won't. However, much of the joy and excitement about the trip is gone. Not just because of my disgust with the French government, but also because it just doesn't seem quite appropriate to be traveling and having fun, with all the uncertainty and killing going on in the world. But I will probably go ahead and go, and guiltily enjoy the French food, beautiful countryside, historical chateaux, and practicing my French!
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Old Mar 27th, 2003, 05:18 PM
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Heard today that on Priceline.com Paris has dropped out of its top 50 cities for airfare and hotels...seems like the boycott may be inflicting some pain!

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Old Mar 27th, 2003, 05:38 PM
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Very well said Bizzy. I said basically the same thing way back in early Feb.
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Old Mar 27th, 2003, 05:48 PM
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Not that this is directly related to boycotting France, but I'm planning on picking up my 49th and the US's 49th state this summer, and going to Alaska! There are lots of wonderful things to see and they're in our own backyard. We even have winery tours in the US. Check out the Willamette Valley in Oregon!
Back to boycotting France, I think we should boycott French cars. No Peugeots for me - I can hardly even spell it and France is hardly known for its engineering marvels! And forget flying on the Airbus. At least United's configuration is "slimming," or should I say, "shortening." (But British/French plane, though, but I'll boycott it anyway.)
Seriously, I hope this division between west and west ends soon. It's playing right into the hands of the enemy, who must be delighting in this angst.
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Old Mar 27th, 2003, 06:25 PM
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"...to give them their freedom"
"...United States effort in freeing the Iraqi people"

Did the Iraqi people ask to be bombed and slaughtered by the American and British governments?
Why all this talk about boycotting France - do Americans and Brits consider that many in the world might boycott their countries as well? Just wondering.
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Old Mar 27th, 2003, 06:34 PM
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People's memories are short:

Mr Chirac was the first foreign Head of State to visit Ground Zero after 9/11.
The French Secret Service alerted us, well before 9/11, about terrorists like Massoui.

They know a lot about terrorism and the havoc it can cause.
They also know the horrible consequences of war.

Yet we preferred to listen to "enlightened" international strategists like.... Richard Perle, who resigned today.

Boycotts never work. Look at Cuba.
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