ElGordillo
Thursday, June 06, 2002
 

Jonah Goldberg is riffing in The Corner on the 'cheese eating surrender monkeys' trope again. This time he disses the Norwegians for caving even faster than the French in WW II. This is a trifle unfair. Firstly, Norway is a very much smaller country than France (which had already fallen). Secondly, the British screwed up royally at Narvik. Thirdly, Norway had a much more active resistance organisation (at least man for man) than the French did. Some truly heroic missions were carried out by the Norwegian resistance, often at great cost. It's a little known fact that under German occupation, the French Maquis numbered at most 1,500, and was riven by factional infighting between Gaullists and Communists. There were nearly as many British Special Operations Executive agents in France, a huge number of whom, many young women included, were betrayed by our glorious allies to torture, gang rape and death. Of course after the liberation there was something upwards of seven hundred million Frogs in the resistance.

And Jonah has the temerity to insult Stilton. John Derbyshire wins on this point alone.

 


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