“As far as I’m concerned, war always means failure.” – Jacques Chirac

Uh, you might want to rephrase that, Monsieur Chirac.

More jokes about the French here.

By the way, just an observation. It is curious that a nation as *intensely* hypersensitive and phobic about ethnic humor as the United States has this complete open season on the French. Replace “French” with, say, “Poles”, “African-Americans” or “Women” and people would be having cows about such jokes.

That sense of freedom to say whatever rude thing you like about the French is not, by the way, something “caused” by the present tension with France. We’ve heard these jokes for years. What causes it is a) America’s English cultural heritage (which has always reveled in sneering at the French) and b) a kind of liberal racism which down deep believes that Western Europeans are “big enough to take it” while other groups are so incredibly fragile and juvenilized that they should be indulged when somebody freaks out over use of the word “niggardly” in a sentence.

I wonder if there will be a backlash from some Victims of French-American Humor group?

What a strange country I live in.


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