Nothing Ever Changes II

My faithful readers will remember this historical note from my “Shock and Awe – 1941” post:

“”French Admiral Jean Darlan, still burning with resentment over the Royal Navy’s July 1940 attack on the French Mediterranean fleet lying at anchor at Mers-el-Kébir, the port of Oran, offered to release Vichy war stocks in Syria, including aircraft, permit passage of German war material across Syria, and to provide a Syrian air link so that the Germans could support Rachid Ali from Axis-occupied Rhodes”

And now we hear this rumor from military blogger “Captain Steve”, a pilot based at Prince Sultan Air Force Base in Saudi Arabia. (A wave of the flaming sword – the one lung borrowed from that nice angel at the Garden – to the fine folk at the Command Post)

“It’s a simple fact of life that those who don’t know right from wrong shouldn’t dabble in economics. They could hurt themselves. If you doubt me ask the French.”

“And there’s news about the French here. Or I shouldn’t say news, as at the moment it’s only barely more than rumor. But sometimes rumor carries such illicit pleasure that it cannot be suppressed, so I’ll tell you what they’re saying here. A crew member of mine caught a ride back to our compound with two British airmen who work in a center where some of the war planning and directing takes place. The Brits gleefully told him that the French had been escorted from the premises after being caught trying to hack our secret computer network. In what seems to be a corroborating story, someone else was told by one of the noncomms working in housing that people who’d been living in tents were finally getting moved into dorms – rooms that had previously been occupied by the French. Take it for what it’s worth. Rumor? Yes, but some rumors end up being true. Even if this one doesn’t, it’s made a lot of people smile. Those French who are still here probably wonder what we’re grinning at. (There do seem to be fewer around, but who can tell? Tonight is Steak Night at the chow hall, and that’s the best time to take a French census. They come out of the woodwork on Steak Night.)”

1941-2003. Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose

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