July 22, 2007

Omaha Beach, 2007

The French Will Never Forget


Posted by Kate at July 22, 2007 1:28 AM

A beautiful, moving action.

Thanks to France for doing this.

Posted by: Christoph at July 22, 2007 2:05 AM

So Moving. Thanks.

Posted by: Griff at July 22, 2007 2:07 AM

Not a lot of "youths" in the shot.

Posted by: Jay Currie at July 22, 2007 3:45 AM

Does this mean we can eat french fries again? Oh wait, those are Belgian.

I can't remember: do we hate Belgians right now?

Posted by: Ney! at July 22, 2007 4:25 AM

Jay Currie;

Posted by: therebmonsters at July 22, 2007 6:38 AM

"I can't remember: do we hate Belgians right now?"

Belgium is a Bildeberger hoax:

""Belgium Doesn't Exist!"
or "Land of Sprouts and Chocolate, I Think Not."
(or "België bestaat helemaal niet / La Belgique n'existe pas" for our imaginary friends)

For too long we have been told lies.

The existence of the supposed European country of Belgium has been taken as gospel for years by members of the Liberati. It has long been held up as a shining example of Liberal philosophies in action. However, now is the time the truth be known. Belgium doesn't exist.

Belgium is, and has always been, a leftist ruse; a device applied to propagate the Liberal agenda throughout the world. Hijacking a real country for this use would be difficult at best; the people living there wouldn't stand for it (i.e. the fall of communism.) Thus the idea to invent an imaginary country, insert it into the global consciousness through the perversion of history, and use it as a tool of manipulation was born.
Not only would the Left have us believe in the existence of Belgium, they would have us think their illusory nation is a Shangri-La. Typical of the Liberal Media, we have been inundated with pro-Belgium propaganda: Belgians' alleged superiority in the art of chocolate making; the reputed nutritional value of "Brussels sprouts"; how all quality diamonds can only be acquired through dealers in the mythical city of Antwerp; How french fries are actually a Belgian invention; and the "superior" martial artistry of Jean Claude Van Damme, the "Muscles from Brussels". Furthermore, Mystery! on PBS (need I say more?) regularly depicts Belgians -- such as Agatha Christie's "Hercule Poirot" -- as personable sleuths who always outsmart non-Belgians and uncover pro-Belgium versions of "The Truth."

Posted by: Andrew at July 22, 2007 7:03 AM

Nice gesture but that is all that it is. Anti-Americanism is what maintains French self esteem in the face of reality.

Posted by: mikem at July 22, 2007 8:44 AM

Andrew: Belgium is a Bildeberger hoax...

I knew it! That Trappist Ale stuff sounded too good to be true. God bless America! G.I. Joe!

Posted by: Ney! at July 22, 2007 9:04 AM

"I knew it! That Trappist Ale stuff sounded too good to be true. God bless America! G.I. Joe!"
Posted by: Ney! at July 22, 2007 9:04 AM

Hey Ney!,

Can't figure it out. What font did they use in that ad?

Posted by: Yoop at July 22, 2007 9:23 AM

Will people in Afghan and Iraq do this 50 years from now, I wonder?

Posted by: langmann at July 22, 2007 9:31 AM

Too bad the French don't mean it. This is just a stunt to promote the tourist idustry. After all, France, when you are not looking, will always--always--water the wine and double the price.

In the end France's new Muslim masters will bulldoze American servicemen buried in France and other places in Europe right into the sea, which is why these remains should be brought home now while we are still able to do so.

And Canadian remais?

Posted by: Minnesota at July 22, 2007 10:58 AM

Gee...where'd they find 2500 Frenchmen that don't loath the US in the typical sneering, envious socialist charater of that nation?

Did they import them from Loisiana?

Posted by: WL Mackenzie Redux at July 22, 2007 11:28 AM

This should be taken at face value. Part of being a conservative is viewing people as individuals, not as clone like components of countries or other groups.

I get as frustrated as anyone with the attitudes of some French politicians, media, and elites. But they are not amongst the gracious people in this video.

Let's leave group-think to the left; they are so much better at it.

Posted by: Bart F. at July 22, 2007 11:32 AM

To me actions speak much louder than words. France often acts like it has forgotten. They need to be continually reminded.

By the way, what about Juno Beach,eh?

Posted by: a different Bob at July 22, 2007 11:53 AM

Having spent time in Normandy, the people there are amoung the most gracious and kind I have ever met in the 17 countrys I have visited.

You will find more Canadian, American and British flags there then you are ever likely to see in any of those three countrys themselves.

The people I met there do remember and honour what was done there.

Unless you have met these people, might I suggest that your jaw ought not to be moving when you don't know what you are talking about.

Posted by: Jim at July 22, 2007 12:04 PM

Yay Bart!!!

Posted by: Eric-Vancouver at July 22, 2007 12:06 PM

Ahhh, I was waiting for our screaming inferiority complex to show up. Thanks a different Bob for not making us wait long.

Posted by: Jim at July 22, 2007 12:07 PM

America... so far from perfect, but so much closer to perfect than any other nation on earth.

I wonder what the average age was in that crowd.

I wonder what we don't see this on CNN or other MSM.

Posted by: Lori at July 22, 2007 12:10 PM

They weren't spitting on freedom.

Posted by: Shamrock at July 22, 2007 1:00 PM

Jim - I have been there and yes,many are grateful and do remember. However, burnt into my memory are the words written large on an American military cemetary - "VENEZ CHERCHER VOS DECHETS".
Translated "come get your trash". I repeat - as time goes by France does need to be reminded.

Posted by: a different Bob at July 22, 2007 2:13 PM

A good compromise might have been:
"We 2500 will never forget".

They certainly don't represent France.

Posted by: Me No Dhimmi at July 22, 2007 2:37 PM

Having visited the battlefields and cemeteries, I agree with Jim.
The graffiti a 'different Bob' saw wouldn't have remained long enough for a second person to see it, I'm sure. (Why is it that only people like db see these things?)

Posted by: gellen at July 22, 2007 2:43 PM

There is a remnant in France, after all.

Posted by: mark peters at July 22, 2007 4:16 PM

gellen - you agree with Jim - well woopy for you. What you don't do is insinuate that I am a liar. That is when you can take your opinions and stuff them where the sun don't shine and your brain lives.

Posted by: a different Bob at July 22, 2007 4:38 PM

I will take this at face valuse and thank them for the effort. Perhaps there are a great number of French who don't loath Americans but get shouted down by their leftist MSM? Just a thought.

Posted by: Azygos at July 22, 2007 5:58 PM

I’m in Normandy and much to my pleasant surprise, having just visited Omaha Beach, I can attest to the very grateful attitude of the French who live in this area toward the liberation efforts on June 6 1944. This is despite the tremendous devastation that took place here during the liberation period. They are able to see past that and understand it took force to overcome the Nazis.

France is like Canada, it is very regionalized and its attitudes are literally all over the map.

Posted by: nomdeblog at July 22, 2007 6:48 PM

Actually, db, I am not calling you a liar. What I am actually saying is that wouldn't you know that someone like you would see it and take it as an example of how most Frenchmen really view the Americans. Why didn't you take it for what it was - a 'fluke' and that it would be quickly cleaned up.
Sort of like Canadian young people who spray obscenities in Jewish cemeteries?
And, please don't speak to your grandmother like that.

Posted by: gellen at July 22, 2007 8:59 PM

I was moved by this video. I hope France continues to make better decisions, allowing us to strengthen our ties with our estranged ally.

Posted by: Michael B. at July 22, 2007 10:01 PM

Well, at least some of the older French people appreciate our sacrifice! After several years of hating the French (their leader and his politics), I will have to say that this moved me. I just wish it was not only the older generation that understands and appreciates history.

Well, I still won't buy any French wine, but I will respect the older generation in France. You do need to teach a bit of your history to your younger generation - heaven knows that the school system will not do it.

Posted by: Deagle at July 23, 2007 12:24 AM

gellen - there you go again. Where the sun don't shine and your brain lives would be "in your ear" right? What were you thinking? Your brain lives somewhere else? For all we know maybe it does. Don't try to sugar coat what your comment was. It is there for all to see and your intention was to question whether or not I was being truthful. Too bad the record is the record.

Posted by: a different Bob at July 23, 2007 12:52 AM

I spent two years as an USAF physician in Chateauroux. in central France.Only the shopkeepers and prostitutes were able to tolerate the 35,000 American airmen at the base. The local politicians
were uncooperative as were the local health officials. With the "status of Forces" agreement,
we paid the French government American wages for the French employees we were forced to hire. The French paid them French wages and kept the difference. We had Jet bases circling Paris for its protection. The French assigned land for the bases which had
little topsoil, hard under-soil and flooded easily. I found that, as an American, I was given rude and often delayed service in restaurants. I always carried the Guide Michelin so that the
waiters knew I had an idea of proper prices. The
STD rate was so high, and decent ladies would not
socialize with us, I sent for my lady friend from
Michigan. We were married at the American Church in Paris 51 years ago. In summary, I found most
French people rude and irritating. My fsther's
ancestors were French from Straussburgh I was very
glad to return home after my two year tour.
Until DeGaul removed the American Military in 1959, The French screwed the USA out of Billions.

Posted by: Capt. Chas Swarts, M.D. at July 23, 2007 5:21 PM

Just remember, as someone on "Hollywood Squares" said in answer to the question, "Do female frogs croak?"

"Sure, if you hold their heads under water long enough!"

Sorry. Very inappropriate and non-PC. Domage!

Posted by: Brian H at July 23, 2007 7:17 PM

Andrew: "The existence of the supposed European country of Belgium has been taken as gospel for years by members of the Liberati. It has long been held up as a shining example of Liberal philosophies in action. However, now is the time the truth be known. Belgium doesn't exist."

I thought Andrew was just trying to be funny; then I saw in the National Post today that the man picked by the Belgian King to be the next prime minister doesn't know the words to the Belgian national anthem (disclaimer: neither do I!), and when asked to sing a few words, launched into the "Marseillaise".

Now I'm beginning to wonder what else Andrew knows that we don't?!

Posted by: KevinB at July 23, 2007 11:38 PM

Well said, Capt Chas. Your words come from a person who has worked within the French system and knows it for what it is, unlike Gellen who just "visited" France but has knowledge that we can only dream of.

Posted by: a different Bob at July 24, 2007 1:17 AM

It is still a touching gesture that some French people do remember and care. Even a few is better than none, and I appreciate they went out of their way to make an unpopular statement in their own country. I'll take it!

Posted by: Marilyn at July 26, 2007 11:46 PM