By John W. Lillpop
Last Thursday, French President Chirac announced that France would send 2,000 troops to the Middle East. The French president did not specify which side—Israeli or Hezbollah—French troops would stand with.
Given France’s long and ugly history of anti-Semitism, it would seem a safe bet that the Frogs are probably going to be pro-Hezbollah. That alone could tip the scales in favor of Israel, and could finally bring resolution to the bitter conflict.
Of course, the world does not know for certain how Chirac and his 2,000 minions will come down on the war. In fact, the French themselves will not know until they arrive in Lebanon and determine who is winning.
At that point, it will be a simple matter of the French aligning themselves with the winning team and declaring themselves noble for saving humanity from disaster.
Having the French in the Middle East may actually prove beneficial in this regard: The losers will have access to top-level French military commanders, the most experienced and skilled experts in the world when it comes to surrendering!
John W. Lillpop is a recovering liberal.