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08/05/2006

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Jules

I just want to react to one sentence of the quote from Parameters. As a French who knows about his history I can assure you that saying that French "saw the enemy as communist and therefore as inherently evil " is absolutly false! This is pure fantasy!

Algeria was supposed to be part of France's territory. On the French side, it was a struggle for France's sovereignty on Algeria (the concept of "French Alegria"). They saw the ennemy as inferior people claiming illigitimate independence for a country belonging to France. The incentive for French to combat in Algeria was Nationalism but the aim was never to combat communism there...

Algerians might have had some communist support. But communism was certainly not the central point of the story...

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