Boycotting French Products
I’m really surprised by the growing number of people who are jumping on the boycott French products bandwagon. In listening to talk radio station WLS 890 this afternoon, heard Bob Brinker, the host of Money Talk indicated that he supports a indefinite boycott of all French products. He goes on to say, “if not for the United States and Great Britain, it’s very possible that France would probably be speaking German now.” That may be true, but does a country not have a right to vote in a way that they deem to be in their best interest, even if it means going against country that liberated them 50+ years ago? I hate to say it, but I think so. A caller asked Bob, if they should also boycott German and Russian products? He responded that he was not going to because these two countries are not permanent members of the Security Council. I really don’t know about this boycott business. Sure France behaved badly. They make promises behind closed doors to Secretary Powell that they did not ultimately keep. Plus they tried to strong arm delegations from the “middle six” countries (Angola, Cameroon, Chile, Mexico, Guinea and Pakistan) to vote against using force to remove Saddam Hussein. But I’m not sure that boycotting French products is an effective way to deal with this situation.