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    France has problems with the world Muslim community -- particularly as it comes to grips with its own large Muslim minority -- but it's not embroiled in a major military effort where some good PR with Muslims would be a welcome relief; it's not the world's only superpower; it's a nation with 1/6 the population of the United States.

    It would have been far better to have left off a dollar figure on the amount of aid proposed than to put out $35 million. Hell, Rudy Guiliani refused a gift of $10 million from a Saudi prince for cleanup and recovery after 9/11. If a Saudi prince can offer $10 million to what is arguably the richest city in the world after a disaster that took 3,000 lives and we can refuse it, how does it look to people when we offer just a few times that (initially, even less) when the death toll is 60,000 and climbing?

    Those who do not learn from history are stupid. --darrelplant

    by darrelplant on Wed Dec 29, 2004 at 11:16:56 AM PST

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