Maybe the Muslim Brotherhood, probably the world's largest sharia-advocacy group, put it best: The group demanded freedom for the Frenchmen, and particularly because "they were participating in exposing the occupation (in Iraq) and its practices." In other words, these were good (anti-American) French eggs. The killers of Islamic Jihad praised France as a whole for having "distinguished itself, compared to other European nations, in its position on the American occupation of Iraq." The killers of Hamas lauded France's opposition to "the totally partial American support of the Zionist entity," adding that the release of the hostages would "increase the isolation of hostile American and Israeli attitudes toward the Arab and Muslim nations, and would boost French support for our aspirations."
This outpouring of solidarity for a Western democracy from the black heart of Terror Central should tell us something: namely, the extent to which the policies of France placate the implacable foes of peace and freedom. Not even the kidnappings (and murders) of Arab nationals from Egypt and Lebanon in Iraq -- and certainly not similar crimes against Americans, Italians, South Koreans, Nepalese and others -- have inspired such concern. Then again, with friends like these, who needs security risks?
As Allawi indicated to Le Monde, none of the democracies -- and that includes France -- should fail to aid new Iraq. "The Americans, the British and other nations that are fighting in Iraq are not only fighting to protect Iraqis, they are fighting to protect their own countries," he said. While tens of people die in Iraq every day, he explained, "they are not dying because we are going through a major national crisis, but because we have decided to combat evil. That's why the entire international community must assist us, as rapidly as possible, to improve the security of our country."
Not too surprisingly, the French government rejected Allawi's comments as being, as Reuters put it, "unacceptable." But what flops with ministers in France would probably have gone over big with GOP delegates in New York. In fact, Allawi's comments reminded me of a passage in Rudy Giuliani's convention speech. When Giuliani spoke of Bush's refusal to allow countries that have "failed for over 30 years to stand up to terrorists ... to stop us from doing what is necessary in defense of our country," he was, of course, talking about France. "Remember, just a few months ago, John Kerry leaked out that claim that certain foreign leaders who opposed our removal of Saddam Hussein prefer him," Giuliani added. "Well, to me, that raises the risk that he might well accommodate his position to their viewpoint."
Clearly not a pretty sight.