Frank Luntz: If it wasn’t for us, the French would be speaking German right now
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This has to be one of the strangest, out-of-the blue, French Bashing comments ever aired by Fox News. It happened during Hannity & Colmes. The odd exchange came after a clip where Barack Obama’s suggested Americans should learn another language. Barack Obama : “It’s embarrassing when Europeans come over here, they all speak English, they speak French, they speak German. And then we go over to Europe and all we can say is merci beaucoup, right?”
Frank Luntz and Sean Hannity, rejected Obama’s comments as insulting, and then proceeded to wallow in the glorious achievements of unilingual Anglo-America in the worlds of medicine, science, technology …
Sean Hannity then wore the mantle of the liberation of Europe during World War II as another example of America’s glorious achievements, to which Luntz rebounded with a purely Anti-French dunk: “ If it wasn’t for us, the French would be speaking German right now”.
Frank Luntz’s comments – and Sean Hannity’s – are typical of a generation of historical amnesiacs who have reduced World War II to an American endeavor (2% of Allied troops, 3 % of casualties*), completely sideswiping the efforts of the Soviet Union who bled the German War Machine for a year before D-Day at incredible human cost (91 % of Allied troops, 88 % of Allied casualties), and the contributions of the British, Canadians, Australians, Free French and other Allies to the liberation of Europe and the destruction of the IIIrd Reich.
The French, Dutch, Belgians and others owe their freedom – not to America – but to the Allies as a whole. Using the sacrifices of men and women during the most horrendous conflict of the 20th century for petty political points is shameful and beneath contempt.
Source : Professor Joseph V. O’Brien
Department of History, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
* Numbers exclude China and India