North Africa, Marine Le Pen, Middle East discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist

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These are prosperous, middle class people, these are not people trying to get away from areas in North Africa. They look like any European family that you would live next door to. What could be a difference here from other conflicts, you know, that could seem very far away, you know, in Africa or Middle East or whatever. These are Europeans that we're seeing being killed. This isn't a place with all due respect. You know, like Iraq or Afghanistan, this is a relatively civilized relatively European. I have to choose those words carefully too. City, where you wouldn't expect that or hope that it's going to happen. We really should have learned by now what with two world wars, one 30 years war 100 Years' War the Napoleonic Wars more Balkan wars than there is time to list and uncountable other conflicts uprisings revolts invasions incursions occupations, battle clashes and skirmishes going all the way back to the etruscans first pop at Rome that Europe should probably get over any sense of its own pristine exceptionalism in this regard. And to go back to where we came in, kind of while we had learned that this was not really a time for the sad trombone glissando or similar audio JP, there was nevertheless justification to be found for firing up the sound effects. If you knew where to look. Before we learned that in France, far right presidential candidate and barely discernible improvement on her ghastly crank of a father, marine le pen had been obliged and at great expense to hastily pulp 1.2 million glossy election brochures which afforded great prominence to a picture of her shaking hands with her hero, Vladimir Putin. Go on, you know you want to. Because what we really learned this week was that we hadn't learned what we should have learned about the ultimate folly of attempting to indulge co op or cooperate with tyrants and or crooks. History contains vanishingly few examples of either and or both, knocking it off when asked nicely. And we've learned a fair bit about what it takes to stand in front of such oppressors. It is difficult to say whether it is a heartening or damning meta commentary on our age that we've learned it from Ukraine's voice of paddington bear and 2006 Dancing with the Stars champion. But they are tooth, present tooth. National resources. For Monica 24, I'm Andrew mullet. Many thanks to Andrew there, and of course his program, the foreign desk coming up a little bit later today where he takes an in depth dive into the situation in Ukraine. Now, let's.

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