(Not the company you want to keep…)
I’ve got a lot of time for Jean-Christophe Rufin, the French doctor who was one of the founders of Médecins Sans Frontières but I still have to nominate him as the originator of today’s (Most Idiotic) Quote Of The Day.
It’s as stupidly short-sighted as Palin’s apocryphal ‘I can see Russia from my house’ and as weird & inconsequential as George Bush and his ‘I couldn’t imagine somebody like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Hanukkah.’
It even manages to be slightly more annoying than the 56 percent of Wall Street bankers who were asked about their bonuses and claimed that they were “not enough.”
Enough already, here’s Jean-Christophe Rufin, writing for Le Monde (as reported in the Guardian), explaining why Lybia is really all about France:
‘Our heritage means people turn to us when their liberty is at risk.’
Like the people of Algiers did, when France oppressed, tortured, raped and murdered them…
… or like those hacked to death by machetes and burnt alive in Ruanda, when France sabotaged any international plan to intervene on their behalf?
Or perhaps Monsieur Rufin was simply talking about two of those secret agents who blew up the Rainbow Warrior and murdered one of its crew in Auckland Harbour: Captain Dominique Prieur and Commander Alain Mafar.
Those two were captured by the New Zealand authorities, so, in the words of Jean-Christophe Rufin, their liberty truly was at risk…
… and yes, France and its heritage came to the rescue, threatening the New Zealand government with economic sanctions, resulting in the two murderers being handed over to the French authorities on a nearby French military base, who soon gave the pair two tickets home, where they received a hero’s welcome.
Some heritage indeed.
Look, I’m not suggesting France is the only country with its fair share of sulphurous skeletons in the cupboard; just that it really, really is a stupid idea to serve up these kinds of pathetic and preposterous platitudes.
Better leave those to numbskullish figures like Palin & Bush.
(The only thing that sunk – and sucked – deeper: France’s reputation…)