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    brittain33, Jay Elias

    we should be scared that Jews like Sarkozy?  What exactly are the implications being made here?

    Recovering Intellectual. 12 days stupid.

    by scionkirk on Sat Sep 22, 2007 at 11:03:25 AM PDT

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    •  From a French perspective.... (0+ / 0-)

      ..I imagine the negative implication is an expectation, justified or not, that Sarkozy may put the interests of Israel, or the United States before those of France.

      "I am my brother's keeper. I am a Democrat." -- That's your slogan, Democrats.

      by Bensdad on Sat Sep 22, 2007 at 12:01:38 PM PDT

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      •  As if.. (4+ / 0-)
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        xynz, Jerome a Paris, scionkirk, sofia

        ...any President of France has ever put the interests of another country ahead of those of France. Sarkozy will be no different, but he may tilt more towards Israel and the U.S. as opposed to Chirac who tilted toward Russia, Arab countries, Iran, and African countries (including many dictatorships).

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        brittain33, xynz

        being friends with Israel and having the support of Jewish groups means that you will put their interests ahead of your own?  While we all like to theorize here and put things into global contexts, let's not forget that anti-semitism is still a very strong force in Europe, equal if not more so than any anti-Moslem feelings since 9-11.

        Recovering Intellectual. 12 days stupid.

        by scionkirk on Sat Sep 22, 2007 at 02:25:30 PM PDT

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          ...are perfectly capable of making decisions that adversely affect their own country and favor another, intentionally or not.

          And no, being "friends" with Israel and having the support of Jewish groups does not mean that you will put the interests of Israel and "Jewish Groups" ahead of the interest of one's own country, thank heavens. Imagine an "Irish-American" who cared more about the fate of Ireland than of America. That would be silly.

          France has always been a friend of Israel, since Israel was just a twinkle in Rothschild's eye, and has firmly supported its right to exist. That is true of America, too.

          But I can imagine a concern on the part of French citizens that Sarkozy may inject France more deeply in the troubles of the Middle East, and that he might "support" Israeli government policies "right or wrong". No one should support Israeli government policies right or wrong. They should be supported only when they are right.

          In other words, if Sarkozy starts acting like Bush, he will not be acting in his own country's best interests, and it will affect the perception of France as neutral arbiter, capable of participating in a solution to the problems of the Middle East.

          "I am my brother's keeper. I am a Democrat." -- That's your slogan, Democrats.

          by Bensdad on Sat Sep 22, 2007 at 03:22:36 PM PDT

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