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May 22, 2005

The Heck with French Sensibilities

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They Lost. Like they have lost every major Battle in the last 400 years.

But those oh so sensitive French have convinced organizers of the re-enactment to mark the bicentenary of the battle of Trafalger to rename it the battle between “a Red Fleet and a Blue Fleet” not British and French/Spanish forces.

ADMIRAL NELSON saw off the mighty Franco-Spanish fleet at the battle of Trafalgar but 200 years on, he has been sunk by a wave of political correctness.

Organisers of a re-enactment to mark the bicentenary of the battle next month have decided it should be between “a Red Fleet and a Blue Fleet” not British and French/Spanish forces.

Otherwise they fear visiting dignitaries, particularly the French, would be embarrassed at seeing their side routed.

Even the official literature has been toned down. It describes the re-enactment not as the battle of Trafalgar but simply as “an early 19th-century sea battle”.

A host of French dignitaries will attend the event, which will take place off Southsea near Portsmouth, the home of Nelson’s fleet.

The aim is to create a spectacular “son et lumià ¨re” re-enactment with pyrotechnics, lights and effects from barges in the Solent. Tall ships will create the illusion of a real battle.

But the organisers of the event confirmed last week that there would be no national “sides”, a fact that has surprised some of the event’s sponsors.

One said: “It seems remarkable that we are not saying this is Britain versus France in this re-enactment. Surely 200 years on, we can afford to gloat a bit. Not even the French can try and get snooty about this.”

What is going on! Now we need to rewrite the history of the world because we do not want to offend those who have lost. Next thing, the World Cup will be played without keeping score, so every one is happy, like a 4 year old league?

How is this for a modest proposal to Europe?

Let’s get the US out of Western Europe, let them be conquered by someone, heck anyone with a little will can take over the continent now that these countries have been sissified. Maybe then the Europeans will attain a backbone. Or appreciate the benefit the big mean US of A offers them as the protectors of their countries.

And then we may come back and liberate them.

These comments may seem harsh to our European readers. But the reality is harsh. We spend billions guaranteeing world peace. We run deficits to keep the world calm. And all the Europeans can do is bitch at us and whine, and then grant another social program to keep the Unions from rioting.

Well, in this world people win and lose. Nelson kicked the French and Spanish fleets behind. He died, yes died, in the effort. Respect his legacy and stop acting as if his actions and those of all the soldiers and sailors in the battle of Tralfagers were something to be glossed over.

In the 1805 sea battle off the coast of Spain, Nelson’s 27 ships destroyed a combined French and Spanish fleet of 33 ships. The British lost no ships but sank or captured 22 of their opponents’ vessels.

Although Nelson died in the battle, his victory paved the way for Britain’s naval supremacy, which lasted a century.

A spokeswoman for the Royal Navy said: “This is an illustration and theatre on water. Nelson is featured, but we are not billing it as Britain versus France . . . This will not be a French-bashing opportunity.”

The battle will be staged in the evening of the international fleet review on June 28. The Queen and senior royals will attend the day’s events and government leaders from 73 countries have been invited.

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