This hatred of France has gone waaaaay overboard. And I really hate to say that- I rather enjoy the good French = cowards joke, but for me, any teasing between English- and French-speaking people is simply a good-natured, historically-honored custom, a traditional jab at the ol' bud from across the pond. But now, there seems to be a real, deep anger, nay- rancor towards les francais.
And I really hate to defend them, but there's a joke going around the Internet that some lazy, angry (bad combination...) journalists (read- bloggers on a payroll) are passing around as fact: Type "French military victories" into google, and you get 0 hits (and it suggests that you substitute "defeats")! Mwahahaahha. *ahem* The joke is in picture form, typically: http://people.ucsc.edu/%7Eneilk/search.png
Apparently, just seeing that image was all the proof Geoff Metcalf needed. Good job. Apparently, a .005 second search of the web was too difficult a task to verify his sources...
The funny thing is, as Brian Weatherson handily points out, the phrase is now ranked much higher than the respective search for othe nationalities, simply because of pro-war anti-French bloggers who are passing around the joke! Is that post-modernism at work, or what?
Errr... actually they are only helping to strengthen the reputation of the French military. Most of the sites that are found in that search have existed for some time, and are unrelated to the currently fashionable joke. I misread Weatheron's site. posted by Steve
2/23/2003 01:14:00 AM
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