Small wonder Churchill nicknamed DeGaulle “Jeanne D’Arc”, and joked they were “looking for a few bishops to burn him”… In our region, this stalemate resulted in instability; no sooner had one side found French support that the British rushed to the support of the other side. The exception was
A modern side-effect of this rivalry is felt in
The Syrians may feel far less in need for support nowadays; the troubles of the
The ongoing “cooperative rivalry” may simply be the continuation of some good ol’ fashioned capitalist imperialism, and the light at the end of the Tunnel may well prove to be a train coming their way. A dead body may not be enough to terminate any dreams of engagement, but with British forces busy in
Return of the Conservatives ?
The current prime minister may be no lame duck; buoyed by a strong economy and an expanding military, he was very effective in dealing with the Iranian crisis.
However, the Labour government may be a lame duck, faced with its own “government fatigue” and the rising power of the conservatives.
It is too soon to tell how things will shape up, but Gordon Brown is already struggling to succeed Tony Blair. And he has to consider that the conservatives have their own youngish version of Tony; David Cameron…