‘Suddenly he is off the leash’:
Nationalism. Can’t live with it. Can’t live without it. ... I’m sorry, but many of you have probably seen this across the blogosphere.
But as a bona fide anti-anti-anti-sort-of-anti-anti-Francophile, I couldn’t help but burst out laughing when I read this outburst by British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, on the Left, describing the government of Jacques Chirac, on the Right:
“A great many of the difficulties that have faced the relationship (between London and Paris) go back to the profoundly different experiences that we had in the war, with, quotes, Britain standing alone, and quotes, France capitulating and surrendering to the Germans.” ...
Love the “quotes” part. No need for the apologetic/defensive “quotes” around the quotes, Jack. It’s true! You really did hold out alone. ... Repeat: Bush and Chirac deserve each other. Small minds think alike. ... Poor British. Caught in the middle. Again.