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The French Are Not Whores

19 March 2003

By Yisrael Ne’eman

Many, especially in Israel claim the French are whores.  This is rather insulting.  Whoredom or prostitution in considered the ‘oldest profession’.  Prostitutes can be honest and upstanding, like anyone else in whatever profession, and yes they sell their wares at the highest price possible just like anyone else in business, but that does not mean that they only look out for their own interests.  Prostitutes can certainly be compassionate and look out for other individuals.  Many come from deprived socio-economic backgrounds and are just trying to make a living and support their families.

Rahav of Jericho sided with the Hebrews, deciding to give up on the paganism of her culture and adopt those laws of the newly arrived desert people, the Hebrews even if this entailed great risk.  Mary Magdelane followed another Jew, Jesus of Nazareth, viewing his Messianic message as the correct way.  Both took chances and did what they thought was right despite the odds.

Prostitution becomes fairly rampant in difficult times and the prostitute can serve as a comfort for those in need, as in Simon and Garfunkel’s The Boxer.  True it may be an illusion but then so are many things.  In Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha, the prostitute is educated and a positive character.  Many prostitutes, despite their situation would like to make the world a better place to live and they only practice their profession due to lack of choice.

Not so the French, as they have had many choices.  After WWI they insisted on an indemnity from Germany amounting to 32 billion dollars, bankrupting that country and leading to the WWII catastrophe.  Winston Churchill and others warned of impending disaster should such a selfish policy be enforced but to no avail.  During WWII the French were either ruled directly by the Nazis or under their own pro-Nazi Vichy government and in general chose cooperation.  France benefited from US intervention in WWI, WWII and the Marshall Plan but chose to show no appreciation.  There are unappreciative prostitutes, but let’s not generalize as there are ingrates in every profession.  Just like there is immorality and ungratefulness among nations.

The French have selfish interests in Iraq.  The nuclear reactor they built at Osirak was meant for Israel’s destruction, but Paris turned a good few francs and a blind eye.  President Jacques Chirac does not care what Saddam Hussein is producing, especially since it is widely rumored that Iraq owes some tens of billions of dollars to French companies, and the destruction of Saddam means the money may not be collected.

It is true, 10 – 15% of the French population is Moslem North African and their pro-Saddam position must be taken into consideration, but that does not mean the vast majority must accept a dictate.  A prostitute may negotiate a price, but not capitulation.  The French are willing to give in on ultimate values, relent to terrorism or possibly pay off terrorists not to be attacked.  What happened to ‘liberty, fraternity, equality’ as learned in the French Revolution?  But they may side with the Americans if they win quickly.

The French have betrayed western values and no, they are not worthy to be called whores.