Category Archives: France

Banality Of Evil

A half century ago the state of Israel placed Adolf Eichmann, the notorious Nazi who helped organize and carry out the Holocaust on trial for genocide. At that time Hannah Arendt, a famous historian, wrote a book in which she argued that Eichmann was a bureaucrat who carried out orders because they were orders and it was his task as a bureaucrat to carry out orders given by superiors. Arendt was harshly criticized because she employed words such as “banality of evil” as to transform the Holocaust into a process carried out by bureaucrats rather than a systematic murder of millions. Alas, we continue to live in a world in which whoever is in charge employs the bureaucracy that exists to enforce laws because it is the duty of bureaucrats to enforce laws. Barack Obama twice ran for the presidency arguing that he would end the disabuse of rights by the Bush administration and restore basic Constitutional laws that guarantee the rights of individual American citizens. Instead, Obama has become the defender to spying and surveillance because since he is the president then he must do what presidents do-catch the spy and enforce whatever technology has been used in the past to catch the spy.

If tomorrow, someone else became president- Chris Christie or Ted Cruz or even Rand Paul, we could expect that president would continue a campaign of surveillance and disregard of human rights. The power of bureaucracy is even more powerful than the power of common sense and respect for the Constitution. Military leaders, bureaucrats, technicians always argue that in the name of “our national security” certain actions must occur. Edward Snowden, in one sense, was the anti-bureaucrat because he chose to pose questions concerning which comes first, Constitutional rights or “national security.” In so doing, Snowden made clear the choice was NEVER between “national security” and the Constitution.

The evidence is overwhelming. For over a decade we have allowed bureaucrats in the armed forces or the NSA or the CIA to decide what constitutes “national security” and in so doing, have allowed nameless bureaucrats who simply are “doing their job” to continue doing a job that has failed for over a decade to protect “national security.” What is unusual about Edward Snowden is that a nameless bureaucrat who was just doing his job, began to question the nature of his job, and set in motion the concept that those who run the machine of death can always stop and question why this program of death?

Elusive Elysee

These are not the best of days for President Obama who never appears to escape some form of confusion whether it be the functioning of web sites on the Internet or the love life of people who are going to meet with him. If there is a scandal happening some place on this planet, one can be certain its presence will soon appear at the White House. President Francois Hollande, who is headed for some chats with President Obama is currently in the middle of a scandal that is rocking France–FirstLadyGate! Francois Hollande has four children by a woman he never married, and currently heads France and lives in the Elysee with his official partner, Valerie Trierweiler. Actually, to be accurate the First Lady or the First Official Partner, is not exactly at the Elysee these days. She is in a hospital suffering from emotional fatigue after learning that her consort is having an affair with movie actress Julie Gayet. Actually, to be accurate she is no longer in the hospital but has headed for the Netherlands to recover among the tulips.

President Hollande attempted to clear up the situation regarding First Ladies. “I don’t want anymore first ladies in the future of the Elysee.” Now, the real question is: is there a prospect that the Elysee at some future moment in time will have an official First Man? I’m just asking!

First Girl Friend Upset In France?

Ah, l’amour, if nothing else in the world is OK, we always have the presence of love in our lives. OK, so you lack food, but if you possess, l’amour, then life is still worth living. The French people may be criticized for many things, but their attitude toward, l’amour is always sensible and worthy of emulation by the people of America. French President Francois Hollande is not married, but he does have a female to host his social activities. Her name is Valerie Trievweilei and she is the “First Girl Friend”of the land. She hosts social functions and lives in the Elysee palace where she has her own rooms. It is unclear if the president and she have separate bedrooms. However, she is now in a state of shock over learning that her boyfriend has a new First Girlfriend who is actress Julie Gayet. Oh, Ms. Gayet does not reside in the Elysee palace but has her own apartment which is visited by the president when he is not in the Elysee palace.

I am somewhat confused as to whether being a “First Girlfriend” is an official job requiring confirmation by the legislature or is the power to bestow that title residing in the hands of the president. In any case, Hollande offers a good example to Barack Obama. In this time of stress and turmoil with the US Congress, how about a nice, juicy love affair which will distract attention and shift it to daily discussions on Fox News about who Obama is screwing when he is not screwing the American people?

America needs a Screwgate since the Bridgegate simply does not have the power to engage the entire country. How about learning from France?

L’Amour, Toujours, L’Amour

It is so pleasant reading stories from France. Here in America we must discuss Tea Party idiots who believe dinosaurs roamed the land a few thousand years ago or the humble apology of Chris Christie and his merry band of people who enjoy being pranksters rather than government officials. Thank God for France, where people seek to deal with real issues of State. Is President Francois Hollande currently involved in a love affair with an actress named, Julie Gayet. Neither one is married, neither one has children, legal or unofficial, and neither one has any need to lie about their relationship, but it is still rocking the French press. Of course, former President Mitterand had a child with his lover, former President Sarkozy divorced his wife who had a lover and then remarried a woman he had divorced. Now, these are real issues of State that concern the entire nation.

So, let me get things straight. President Hollande is a single man, and single people can date. His girl friend is single and single woman can date. So why is President Hollande angry at the “invasion of his privacy to which each citizen has a right?” My friend, if you desire to become a president and get furnished a rent free home and police escorts and free meals, you are NOT an ordinary citizen!

Ladies Of The Night Need Protection

I recall as a twenty one year old soldier on his first night in Paris back in the days when prostitutes legally walked the streets of the gay old town without fear of being arrested. Prostitution was a legal occupation, many women from small towns in France went to Paris, worked the streets for several years, saved money and returned home to purchase a small business. In those days, prostitutes had to undergo medical inspection to prevent diseases. Today, prostitutes are forced to work for mafia style organizations and are brutalized as long as they can function with their bodies selling sex. Beverley Mclachlin, Chief Justice of Canada, issued a ruling that made prostitution in Canada a legal occupation. All nine judges on the court agreed with her decision.

She put it clear to all that for many women they have no meaningful choice “other than the risky economic activity of prostitution.” It is a job. Our society does not term it to be “prostitution” when members of Congress sell their vote, not their bodies, to corporations in exchange for money. That is simply getting a buck for a vote. I suspect those votes damage our society more than any sex act between a woman and a man.

“Non Clash Of Civilizations”

During the past twenty years a group of neo-conservative writers have been warning the world of a “clash of civilizations” by which they mean those who inhabit Europe or democratic societies are being threatened by Muslim or Chinese or other such horrible entities that bring in their wake death and destruction. French philosophr Alain Finkielkraut told Der Spiegel he feared for French civilization due to the influx of “those people” from elsewhere. He believes that multiculturalism does not entail a blending of civilizations, but the crushing of historic French values and customs. He does not believe that immmigrants are integrating into modern societies.

Evidence

India is based on democratic ideas from western nations.
Indonesia, the largest Muslim nation is a democratic society.
China is based on the ideas of Karl Marx and Adam Smith.
Immigrants are now part of every aspect of French or German society.
We now have a global economic society.
We now have a global culture encompassing literature, music, art, etc..
In America people can wear what they desire and there is no evidence that it creates problems.
Western nations work peacefully with Turkey, Indonesia, China, Brazil, and are now attempting to create a treaty with Iran.

So, where is the famous Clash?

Israel Theatens Peace Efforts

During the past month there has been considerable progress in discussions between Iran and six powers-the US, UK, Russia, China, France and Germany–in an effort to identify an initial plan to move away from potential war and conflict. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, insisted his nation is committed to making concessions in order to end sanctions and conflict with the world. However, he is sick and tired of being threatened by Israel which appears to demand veto rights on any agreement. He denounced Israel as behaving as a “rabid dog” in seeking to sabotage negotiations. Fench President Fandcoise Hollande termed such expressions as “unacceptable” and hindering negotiations. However, threats by Israel Prime Minister to bomb Iran, to initiate war with Iran are OK and apparently assist peace efforts!

Israel is the most dangerous country in the Middle East. It continuously makes threats and promises massive destruction of Iran, and the US does not seek to compel Israel to lower the rhetoric of war and allow the six nations to pursue the path of peace. Those who care about the people of Israel understand its future is best protected if peace is attained in the Middle East.

Iran Breakthrough Breaks Netanyahu Heart

Yesterday, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his lap dogs in the American Congress were hailing France for not being fooled by the Iranian deception about peace. Today, we are back to wise remarks about “American fries” because the government of France decided to go along with Germany, Russia, England, China, FRANCE and the US in forging an agreement with the Iranian government to control its nuclear program. The agreement entails:
Cease using centrifuges to enrich uranium.
refrain from starting new centrifuges
Halt work on its plutonium reactor
Allow access to UN inspectors

Naturally, the GOP and Democratic senators whose primary allegiance is to Israel rather than to the American people denounced this agreement to halt development of nuclear weapons in the Middle East.

As of this moment, there is only ONE nation in the Middle East that bars UN nuclear inspectors and refuses to halt work on nuclear weapons. Oh, its name is ISRAEL!

Iran Rebuffed By Peace Seekers

In 2001,then reform President Khatami of Iran offered to assist American forces in Afghanistan in their campaign against the Taliban. President Bush accepted their assistance and then blasted the Iran government as supporting terrorism in the world. Today, Russia,China, the US and UK along with France and Germany are working with President Rouhani of Iran in order to halt his country’s nuclear program and reduce tension. Democrats and Republicans are increasingly united in denouncing Obamacare along with opposing Secretary of State’s work with key nations who seek to bridge the gap with Iran in order to end conflict in the Middle East. The incompetence of President Obama has now reached the point where even his own party lacks any trust in him, including being able to negotiate for peace. Fortunately, many do trust John Kerry who was able to obtain a few weeks in order to complete negotiations with Iran.

The United States of America has a Congress that, not only is unable to pass a law, but unable to agree on anything with the president. The lonely shy man is most comfortable with his family and Chicago crowd. If peace negotiation fails, who knows what will occur in the Middle East. The time is now. Perhaps, out president should turn over negotiations to John Kerry and spend some time in Chicago with his friends.

Bibi Likes Hollande-Sometimes!

An impartial observer sort of gets confused whenever Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gets together with French President Francois Hollande. Bibi so loves when the French leader makes demands upon the Iranian government and takes a tough stance on nuclear development. He then becomes the “good guy” and Bibi will even eat French fries. But, when Hollande says: “Francde demands a full and complete halt to settlement activity” then the French fries disappear from tables in Israel. Hollande went on to express reality: “settlement activity complicates the negotiations and makes it difficult to achieve a two state solution.” This is not what Bibi wants to hear, speak about the bad Iranians, not we Israelis!

As Francois Hollande so aptly stated: “if you want peace, you need to have gestures toward peace.” Aw shucks, why can’t he just talk about the bad Iranians!Unfortunately for Bibi there is no Jewish lobby in France.