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The Lesson of France 1930's ?

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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Dec 10, 2006 at 17:33

Dear LDC , you wrote :

"France in the 1930's is the prime example of what happens to a democracy that is paralyzed by infighting, like we are now."

I wonder what lessons we could learn from this example ? Internal divisions in France of the 1930-ies were probably no less intense than before 1914 and corruptions was thriving as usually. The core problem was the right allies. In 1914 it was the Russian "steam bulldozer" that assured France's survival although it evenutually was Russia's undoing. In 1939 this ally happened to be on the wrong side.

By the way, during the first world war the French did not hestitate to use Moslem troops on the Western front. The Germans called them "the swallows of death" as they saw them fiercely storm and be mown down by the machine gun fire while singing their Quranic verses ...


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