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Happy Birthday, France
July 14th, 2010 in Current Events by Frank Chadwick
July 14, 1789 – the fall of the Bastille.
France still celebrates Bastille Day as the birth of modern France, the end of the monarchy and the beginning of the Republic. 1789 was an auspicious year for us as well, the year the Constitution was ratified and we became the nation we are today. We celebrate our independence from July 4 of 1776, but it was in 1789 that we truly emerged as the United States of America.
We owe a debt to France from those early days. Without a powerful French fleet and land army, the revolutionary war might have had a different result, or at least taken a good deal longer to resolve. France loaned us money as well, lots of money, to finance our revolution. We defaulted on most of those debts, and the financial impact on the French economy probably hastened their own revolution, so maybe we pulled off two revolutions in the span of fifteen years. Sic semper tyrannis.
Of the western European states, we have since fought major wars against Britain, Spain, Germany, and Italy, but never France. France is one of our principal NATO allies and has about 3,000 troops currently in Aghanistan. One of those soldiers died in combat last week. France learned of his death today, on its birthday.
French President Sarkozy announced the soldier’s death, met with soldiers who had fought in Afghanistan, many of them wounded, and then vowed that France will continue to do its duty in Afghanistan as long as necessary. Sincere birthday wishes to our friends and allies across the Atlantic.