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March 27, 2009
An Ambassador's Warning to the French People
Mark Twain once cracked that mankind is halfway between the angels and the French, and those of us who've dealt with France's diplomats tend to share this sentiment. But there have always been a few diplomats at the Quai d'Orsay whose competence, patriotism -- and eloquence -- are unmatched by the diplomats of any other country.
Among these is Rene Servoise, former Ambassador of France to Indonesia. His warning to his fellow Frenchman and Frenchwomen about the dangers of radical Islam -- and about the glories of Western civilization they threaten -- should be required reading at our own State Department: