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Surrender Monkeys Were Not Always Thus

My earlier post overlooked some important French military accomplishments. In 732, Charles Martel won one of the most important battles in world history, defeating Saracen invaders at Tours. Martel’s grandson Charlemagne was one of the greatest military leaders of all time, unifying much of Western Europe under wise and (for its time) very free government. “France” derives from the word “Frank” which means “free” and there was a time when the Franks were the vanguard of freedom. The French tradition of being cheese-eating surrender monkeys is really a tradition of only a little less than two centuries. If the French would pay more attention to St. Joan and less to Jean-Paul Sartre, they might find the courage to regain their ancient gloire.

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