May 6, 2005

France, The Arabs, and The Jews

After reading David Pryce-Jones' long Commentary essay, "Jews, Arabs, and French Diplomacy: A Special Report", I felt like I had taken a 4-hour college course. Tracing the 200 year history of France's attempt to colonize and otherwise cultivate the Arab world to serve it's self-interest, Pryce-Jones demonstrates that French anti-Semitism is but one factor in that country's almost reflexive pro-Arab and anti-Israel policies today. Throughout, the author makes use of the memoirs of the members of the French foreign service, the Quai d'Orsay, and emphasizes how this tiny aristocratic elite shaped the perceptions and attitudes of the French citizenry down through the years. It's a terrific read when you have a few minutes to get through it.

Posted by dan at May 6, 2005 9:31 PM