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Nicolas Sarkozy, president of France, gave his 'america can count on France' speech in front of Congress on November 7th. In this speech, we saw a French man who seems to understand the promise and greatness of America a whole lot better than many of our own politicians, including the couple who were standing directly behind Sarkozy as he spoke (shown in the previous link). As those politicians engage in endless partisan bickering and power games of cynical and dishonest one-upmanship, here comes Sarkozy to state what too many of us have forgotten: America is the leader of the free world. If we abandon that mantle, the entire world suffers for it. Freedom doesn't happen by accident. It happens on purpose. It doesn't happen through limp wristed passivity and equivocation in the face of evil. It happens by taking a firm stand against that evil. I urge everyone to read the entire speech, because you sure won't hear it from our sad excuse for a media.
Here is an excerpt:
Together we must fight against terrorism. On September 11, 2001, all of France—petrified with horror—rallied to the side of the American people. The front-page headline of one of our major dailies read: “We are all American.” And on that day, when you were mourning for so many dead, never had America appeared to us as so great, so dignified, so strong. The terrorists had thought they would weaken you. They made you greater. The entire world felt admiration for the courage of the American people. And from day one, France decided to participate shoulder to shoulder with you in the war in Afghanistan. Let me tell you solemnly today: France will remain engaged in Afghanistan as long as it takes, because what’s at stake in that country is the future of our values and that of the Atlantic Alliance. For me, failure is not an option. Terrorism will not win because democracies are not weak, because we are not afraid of this barbarism. America can count on France.
Together we must fight against proliferation. Success in Libya and progress under way in North Korea shows that nuclear proliferation is not inevitable. Let me say it here before all of you: The prospect of an Iran armed with nuclear weapons is unacceptable. The Iranian people is a great people. It deserves better than the increased sanctions and growing isolation to which its leaders condemn it. Iran must be convinced to choose cooperation, dialogue and openness. No one must doubt our determination.
The last line is the key to winning the battle against the Islamic extremists. "No one must doubt our determination".
If ever a country needed a man like Sarkozy, it is France (he could do us some good as well). France has been mired in the decadence, stagnation, and weakness of socialism for far too long, with dire results. Here's to hoping Sarkozy can wake France up, and maybe wake up some of us along with her.
...From the very beginning, the American dream meant proving to all mankind that freedom, justice, human rights and democracy were no utopia but were rather the most realistic policy there is and the most likely to improve the fate of each and every person.
America did not tell the millions of men and women who came from every country in the world and who—with their hands, their intelligence and their heart—built the greatest nation in the world: “Come, and everything will be given to you.” She said: “Come, and the only limits to what you’ll be able to achieve will be your own courage and your own talent.” America embodies this extraordinary ability to grant each and every person a second chance.