TITLE

Two Visions

AUTHOR(S)
Judt, Tony
PUB. DATE
October 2003
SOURCE
Newsweek (Atlantic Edition);10/6/2003 (Atlantic Edition), Vol. 142 Issue 14, p23
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article compares American and French culture and focuses on the impact of the war in Iraq on the relationship between the two countries. International division over Iraq--and, above all, France's antiwar stand on the U.N. Security Council--have triggered an unprecedented outpouring of American anger. The sad state of French-American relations today is all the more alarming given that neither side has historically regarded the other as its foe. But the French have never fought a war against the United States; indeed, France is America's oldest military ally. The core Constitutions of both France and the United States reflect the circumstances of their birth, revealing a common Enlightenment faith in law, institutions and universal political and civic rights. In France, as every opinion poll from 1951 onward showed, "anti-Americanism" was a minority taste, largely confined to Parisian intellectuals: the mass of less-educated French men and women rather liked America, or what they knew of it. Conversely, in the United States the typical American knew little of France and was likely to think of the country as vaguely effete and over cultured, whereas the policymaking and opinion-forming elite of the East Coast still spoke some French and had a soft spot for French ideas, French products and the French way of life.
ACCESSION #
11034465

 

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