Break the Chain French Kiss-off

Created 6/3/2002 (6/3/2002) Amidst rising tensions in the middle east between Arab and Jewish factions, a letter from a U.S. Senator (and vice presidential candidate) blasting the French government for a supposed history of mistreatment of Jews is certainly getting a lot of attention.


Subj: Message from Senator Joseph Lieberman
Date: 05/17/2002 5:46:20 PM Pacific Daylight Time

Liberty, equality, fraternity! Does the French nation recall that slogan? The current French tolerance of and indifference to the wave of attacks upon French Jews speaks clearly of the decline of the French national character.

The French have forgotten! Two hundred and some odd years ago the suffering French populace erupted in revolution against tyranny. They cried for and fought for liberty, fraternity, equality for all in every aspect of French society.

The French have forgotten! But I remember! I still have in my mind the heartbreaking image of the Parisian gentleman from whose eyes the tears fell copiously as he watched the Nazi troops marching triumphantly into Paris. The face of that Frenchman still lives in my mind sixty years later.

It is the same as the faces of so many French Jews today.

The French have forgotten! But I remember! I remember the ecstasy, the flowers, the kisses with which the French people greeted their American and British liberators from Nazi terror.

The French have forgotten! They have forgotten the dehumanizing result of terror upon themselves. They have forgotten the shame of Vichy France. Those who watch with indifference the attacks upon their neighbors sink into degeneracy themselves.

The French have forgotten brotherhood and love of others than themselves. They have forgotten equal justice. They have forgotten that a nation without strength of morality and character is a nation already in the lower depths of degradation.

So, just as the Swiss were part of the Nazi problem sixty years ago, the French are part of the problem of world terrorism today.

As the French casually watch their Jewish citizens attacked let them remember how they, the French, acquiesced in cowardice at the rape of Czechoslovakia by the Nazis in 1938 only to suffer under the Nazi heel so soon after.

My contempt for present day France is accompanied by great regret. We gave the lives of American boys to save them once. They have forgotten.

However, we Americans have not forgotten. All Americans with integrity of character must boycott France. I hope large numbers of you will join me in this. If this e-mail is forwarded by just 1/2 of all recipients it could reach 10,000,000 Americans in a matter of days.

Let's make the French remember!

Joe Lieberman


We don't know who really wrote this "open letter," but Lieberman's office insists that the senator did not. How this diatribe came to be associated with him is also a mystery, but probably has some root in Lieberman's reputation as one of the more prominent Jewish politicians in Congress. Would the letter be less compelling or shocking (depending on your point of view) if it didn't appear to be coming from such a visible authority? Break this Chain.

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