Jewish World Review March 17, 2003 / 13 Adar II, 5763
Franco-phobic nonsense sweeping the nation
Apparently, some members of
Congress don't have enough real work to do, so
as the nation prepares for war, they're spending
time and therefore, taxpayer dollars on taking
the "French" out of "French fries" and "French
toast," ordering that the House cafeteria sell only
freedom fries and freedom toast instead. They
say it's a symbolic gesture to express the
nation's displeasure with the French over a
possible war with Iraq.
Even one of the big New York wine stores is now
offering special catalogs that exclude the French wines.
Yes, they're still selling them at top prices, but for those
who might become apocalyptic by just seeing Chateau
Loire in the catalog, those buyers can get a special censored
I'm convinced that a large part of the French
opposition to using force against Saddam is based in
anti-Americanism and that it's worthy of criticism. On the
other hand, officials tell us the French have been extremely
helpful in the war on terror, even more so than the British or
the Germans. Another reminder that there's more to our
relationship with France than just their obstinate and I think
sometimes intellectually dishonest position on Iraq. Don't
buy French wine if you don't want to.
Encourage your retailers not to sell French items if you
think that's appropriate. But these "symbolic moves" just
make us look stupid. French fries and French toast are no
more French than Chinese checkers is Chinese.
You know, politicians love to name things, bridges,
streets, rest stops and now fried food - but this is serious
business that I think some are turning into a joke.
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