Who Stands Alone
by Michael Marks
Eleven thousand soldiers lay beneath the dirt and stone,
all buried on a distant land so far away from home.
For just a strip of dismal beach they paid a hero’s price,
to save a foreign nation they all made the sacrifice.
And now the shores of Normandy are lined with blocks of white,
Americans who didn’t turn from someone else’s plight.
Eleven thousand reasons for the French to take our side,
but in the moment of our need, they chose to run and hide.
Chirac said every war means loss, perhaps for France that’s true,
for they’ve lost every battle since the days of Waterloo.
Without a soldier worth a damn to be found in the region,
the French became the only land to need a Foreign Legion.
You French all say we’re arrogant. Well hell, we’ve earned the right–
We saved your sorry nation when you lacked the guts to fight.
But now you’ve made a big mistake, and one that you’ll regret;
you took sides with our enemies, and that we won’t forget.
It wasn’t just our citizens you spit on when you turned,
but every one of ours who fell the day the towers burned.
You spit upon our soldiers, on our pilots and Marines,
and now you’ll get a little sense of just what payback means.
So keep your Paris fashions and your wine and your champagne,
and find some other market that will buy your aeroplanes.
And try to find somebody else to wear your French cologne,
for you’re about to find out what it means to stand alone.
You see, you need us far more than we ever needed you.
America has better friends who know how to be true.
I’d rather stand with warriors who have the will and might,
than huddle in the dark with those whose only flag is white.
I’ll take the Brits, the Aussies, the Israelis and the rest,
for when it comes to valor we have seen that they’re the best.
We’ll count on one another as we face a moment dire,
while you sit on the sideline with a sign “friendship for hire.”
We’ll win this war without you and we’ll total up the cost,
and take it from your foreign aid, and then you’ll feel the loss.
And when your nation starts to fall, well Frenchie, you can spare us,
just call the Germans for a hand, they know the way to Paris.
In the wake of 9-11 and our war against the authors of terror, France set out to not only oppose us, but to humiliate our nation, and most specifically our President, in the eyes of the world. Perverting a role in the UN that they were given, not one which they earned, France made it clear that they would oppose or veto any U.S. measure that could provide realistic protection of our national security. Such backstabbing cannot come without a price. Across America, citizens are saying no to French products and French tourism, putting their patriotism ahead of personal preference. Montana announced a statewide sell-off of French elements in their pension fund. It is time for all Americans to rise to this example. It is our economic engine that feeds the world, our soldiers who defend it. It is time for us to recognize the great value of our true allies and cut the strings to those who sell us out. Let those who badmouth America be forced to show how smart they are and make it on their own.