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Created by John Eipper on 06/27/10 7:17 AM - re-france-and-national-stereotypes-henry-levin-us

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re: France and National Stereotypes (Henry Levin, US) (John Eipper, USA, 06/27/10 7:17 am)

When commenting Ernie Hunt's post of 27 June, JE opined:

France, it seems to me, is the only country in Western Europe that the US hasn't fought a war against at one time or another (well, there's Portugal). As the US troops said so enthusiastically back in '17, "Lafayette, we are here!"

Henry Levin responds:

There are plenty of countries that we haven't fought with in W Europe. How about one of my favorites, Holland, but there are many others. I love France. I work with the OECD and get there quite frequently, spending parts of the year in Paris, but I also love the Burgundy country and other parts of France.

JE comments: I guess I overstated that one; chalk it up to Francophilia. Ah, but what about the Dutch-American 6-Day War, or Millard Fillmore's bloody naval bombardment of Zurich in 1852? (Sorry--April 1st is still a long way off.) To Portugal, Switzerland and The Netherlands, we could add Iceland, Andorra, Norway (Quisling excepted), Luxembourg, Belgium, Denmark and possibly Ireland to the list of W European nations the US has never fought. And France, of course.

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