Apparently, we're all supposed to be blown away by the passion and cleverness of alleged funny man John Oliver's f-bomb-laced pro-Paris rant:
On his show, the audience cheered as Oliver said as part of his expletive-laden monologue:
“France is going to endure. And I’ll tell you why. If you are in a war of culture and life style with France, good fucking luck! Go ahead, go ahead. Bring your bankrupt ideology. They’ll bring Jean-Paul Sartre, Edith Piaf, fine wine, Gauloises cigarettes, Camus, Camembert, madeleines, macarons, Marcel Proust, and the ****ing croquembouche! You just brought a philosophy of rigorous self-abnegation to a pastry fight, my friends."
Sorry, John, but you rather missed the point.
The point is not that Edith Piaf and the croquembouche are more appealing cultural hallmarks than the jihadis' beheadings and shouts of "Allahu Akbar!"
The point is that, M. Hollande's newfound combativeness aside, it remains to be seen who is willing -- who has the will -- to fight to the death for his belief system.
Will it be the enervated Frenchman, scarfing down croquembouches and civilizational ennui in the local café?
Or will it be the Allahu Akbar boys, who are lean, mean zealots intent on making the entire globe submit to their totalitarian religious authority?
See, you can drop all the f-bombs you want, but that doesn't make you tough or equip you in any way to confront the existential (and not in the Jean-Paul Sartre sense) fight ahead.
(Editor's NOTE: Ironically, two days before the Paris attacks, another comedian -- Adam Carolla -- let loose with an equally expletive laden rant against France that makes for interesting if off-colour listening in light of later events. LANGUAGE WARNING:)
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