This is crazy

  1. Posted on Thu, Mar. 13, 2003

    Bill Targets U.S. Troops Buried in France
    JIM ABRAMS
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON - In another swipe at the French, a Florida congresswoman has proposed that the government pay for families who might want to bring home from France the remains of Americans who fought and died in the world wars.

    "I, along with many other Americans, do not feel that the French government appreciates the sacrifices men and women in uniform have made to defend the freedom that the French enjoy today," Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite said in introducing legislation providing financial help for the reburial of veterans from the two world wars.

    The legislation, which faces uncertain prospects, is the latest show of congressional frustration over French threats to veto a U.N. resolution that would open the way for U.S. military action against Iraq.

    Earlier this week, the chairman of the House Administration Committee, Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, ordered that House restaurants change their menus to read "freedom fries" instead of French fries. French toast would also become freedom toast.

    Lawmakers have also introduced bills to prevent France from participating in any postwar reconstruction projects.

    Brown-Waite, a freshman Republican, said she decided to sponsor the bill after she was approached by a constituent who said he wanted to bring home his father, who was killed in World War II and buried in France.

    Some 74,000 American war casualties are buried in France and Belgium, including 30,000 from World War I. The host nations, while retaining sovereignty over the burial grounds, have granted the land in perpetuity to the United States as military cemeteries.

    Steve Thomas, a spokesman for the American Legion, said the veterans' group would need some time to look at the legislation. He said the American Legion has always respected the wishes of the families concerning those who died in combat, but noted that "a lot of people may not want to repatriate their fallen loved ones, separating them from their comrades, to make a statement about the French government."

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    I personally do not care for France. I did not enjoy my time spent there, rather there are better places in Europe to be (Rome being one of them), but this is crazy. I say let those soldiers that died in France and are buried there stay there in peace. They died defending that country and made that ground hallowed with their blood. I also have heard and seen how the French treat those gravesites....with as much respect and love as is possible. Those soldiers were heros to a generation of French and whether I believe in the French Politics or not, they are a part of our history and our life. Let those soldiers rest in peace where they are now.

    Dave
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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   SharonH, RN
    I also have heard and seen how the French treat those gravesites....with as much respect and love as is possible. Those soldiers were heros to a generation of French and whether I believe in the French Politics or not, they are a part of our history and our life. Let those soldiers rest in peace where they are now.


    Isn't that the truth? Digging up soldiers is about as asinine as you can get and I would be embarassed to have that Congresswoman representing me. This is ridiculous.
  4. by   Mimi Wheeze
    They want to dig up soldiers?

    Between that and the "freedom fries" this is getting just flat out stupid.
  5. by   Furball
    It's bad enough that peace is disturbed for the living but disturbing the dead, especially THESE dead is beyond revolting.
    Rest in peace American heros.....
  6. by   KC CHICK
    An all out WASTE of taxpayer money.
    If the families aren't bothered, why should we be?

    ....and if I lived in FLorida, she wouldn't be getting my vote for re-election.
  7. by   researchrabbit
    You know, those congresspeople are acting like spoiled brats (but is this anything new?).
  8. by   jnette
    Geeeeeeeeeeesh.... sureley NOT !!!

    Let's not dig up the past here, Congress ! May they rest in peace.
  9. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by Dplear
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    They died defending that country and made that ground hallowed with their blood. I also have heard and seen how the French treat those gravesites....with as much respect and love as is possible. Those soldiers were heros to a generation of French and whether I believe in the French Politics or not, they are a part of our history and our life. Let those soldiers rest in peace where they are now.

    Dave
    Well said Dave^5
  10. by   maureeno
    Mums the word by the US as Turkey moves against 2 pro-Kurdish political parties. According to State Department spokeswoman Brenda Greenberg the US does not interfer in Turkey's political processes.

    Gee, I wonder if after Turkey gets rid of democratically elected Kurds, if the Parliment will have enough votes to authorize US use of Turkish territory to open a northern front against Iraq.???

    This stinks folks...big stinks..
    I am away from home using my parent's computer and cannot figure how to give links,etc. But if you are interested you can find the stories on news.google.com
    this is very bad news for the Kurds and democracy
  11. by   VivaLasViejas
    Not to offend any of my allnurses friends from the Sunshine State, but it sure looks like Florida's done it again......produced another fine example of gross stupidity. Do they just GROW idiots down there, like oranges?! Sheesh! And I thought MY home state was full of nutcases.......
  12. by   maureeno
    I still haven't figured how to use this computer properly
    [Mac is sooo much easier!]
    But I want to report and retract about Turkey

    The Kurdish parties which have been decertified did not have Parlimentary members, so this would not affect a revote on US troops. But the new Turkish PM does not seem willing to risk a vote on the issue anyway.

    Meanwhile the EU and others are condeming Turkey for this move. While it could be reasonable for the judiciary to decertify the one party due to terror links, the newer sister party ought be allowed to participate in democracy.

    Why is the US quiet on this?
  13. by   donmurray
    That reminds me. Turkey, along with Israel, is in breach of almost as many UN resolutions as Iraq. I won't hold my breath waiting for action there.
  14. by   Mkue
    UN Resolutions being violated by countries other than Iraq

    http://www.zmag.org/content/showarti...11&ItemID=2417

    Some of these resolutions mention "without delay". I don't see any Resolutions to disarm or weapons violations.

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