There an old but apparently relevant joke that goes: Did you hear about the new French tank? It has one speed forward and 6 speeds backwards. Obviously used for those fast French retreats.
Today this is proven true. Osama bin Laden goes “boo” just in time for Halloween and the French immediately pull out of Afghanistan. Per the Christian Science Monitor we get this tidbit of information……
France is leaving Afghanistan. Though President Obama has committed to reducing America’s footprint in Afghanistan beginning July 2011, the withdrawal of another ally is likely to add an additional layer of challenge to maneuver that reduction. And the timing of the announcement has put France’s decision under some scrutiny.
Of course Bin Laden had nothing to do with their decision….haha!
France’s announcement came a day after the release of a tape with a message believed to be from Osama Bin Laden, who threatened to attack French citizens because of their presence in Afghanistan and treatment of Muslims. French officials were quick to insist that there is “absolutely no link” between the threat and their decision to begin withdrawing troops in 2011.
So what did Bin Laden say that scared the French-fries out of them?
“The equation is very clear and simple: as you kill, you will be killed; as you take others hostages, you will be taken hostages,” said bin Laden in a part of the tape given to Al Jazeera.
Glad I’m not French, I’d be very embarrassed over this one.
Source: Christian Science Monitor