France: View from the Pique

After the Arabs and the Soviet Union, the most frustrated diplomatic casualty of the Middle East warfare was Charles de Gaulle. Even though his longtime friend and ally, Israel, had won its victory by the skillful use of French planes and tanks, the French President felt that he had been doublecrossed. "I told them: 'Don't be the first to attack,' " he remarked bitterly to a French Deputy. "Despite that, they did attack first. I hold it against them for having done that."

To make matters worse, the Israelis were not the only people who seemed to be studiously ignoring...

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