It's really quite simple. We restored the political freedom of the French, so they would not have to do whatever the Germans told them to do, so now they are obliged to do whatever we tell them to do. (Note, however, that they were NOT obliged to do whatever Stalin told them to do, even though his Soviet Union had far more to do with the liberation of Europe that any other nation.)
If you are careful to avoid any critical analysis, or the consideration of any possible alternate point of view, Kate's perspective makes a lot of sense.
Following on, Turkey will no longer be our ally if we go to war, as it appears, without her support. If disruption in the northern Kurdish territories erupts, as is reasonably likely, and Turkey is bold enough to advance its ambitions in the region under cover of restoring order, perhaps we can manage to get into war with a NATO ally over this. Technically, if we were deemed the aggressor, the other NATO nations might be obliged to support Turkey.
That will never happen, and may not even be a correct interpretation of the treaties. (I'm not sure what the NATO treaties say about intra-NATO conflicts.) But, if we find ourselves in an exchange of fire with the Turks -- probably less than a 5% risk, but a real one nonetheless -- the whole idea of NATO may disappear along with the United Nations as we now know it.
Which is a good thing anyway, because the French and Germans are not our allies, right Kate?
In a message dated 3/7/2003 11:21:57 PM Eastern Standard Time, Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]> writes:
>I'm genuinely curious. Are we no longer allies of the French if we do not
>do as they want? Why does this go one way?
>Date sent: Fri, 7 Mar 2003 20:44:41 EST
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>From: Kate Troy <[log in to unmask]>
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>The Resolutation with the St. Patrick's Day deadline is expected to pass,
>and if the French then veto, then the French are, in fact and not just in
>joke, no longer our allies, if they are, in fact, now, and they will lose
>far more than American tourism, and the United Nations goes the way of
>Leauge of Nations.
>And the women come and go
>Talking of Joe DiMaggio
>And things as they are
>Are changed upon the red, white and blue guitar