Magazine article Insight on the News

Americans Still Fried over French Protests. (Nation in Brief)

Magazine article Insight on the News

Americans Still Fried over French Protests. (Nation in Brief)

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A fellow who wrote quite a few anthems of the protest movement--Bob Dylan--actually gave those who warbled his lyrics a clue to their role in the great dramas of our times with his song, "Only a Pawn in Their Game." Protesters might be likened to the civilian version of cannon fodder, quite often oblivious to the true motives of those who use them to further their ends.

One of the more recent examples of this madness of crowds was revealed in Kenneth R. Timmerman's cover story, "What's Wrong With France?" [March 18-31]. He quoted a French intellectual on how the protests are "a rejection of war and a rejection of America." A little further on in the article, though, the other shoe dropped and it is revealed that France had $40 billion to $50 billion in oil deals riding on Saddam Hussein's survival in power.

And it was ever thus. Regardless of the sinister machinations to which the French protesters have fallen victim, Americans in general are not taking kindly to the situation. In some areas, though, peace protesters have brought out the cabernet and Brie to show their solidarity. You might also think there'd be some support for France in areas rich in French heritage, notably Louisiana. …

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