February 22, 2015
The talented French writer, dedicated revolutionary and wise politician André Malraux wrote in his memoires that Charles de Gaulle was France’s “alibi for courage”. According to Malraux, De Gaulle’s actions saved France not once, but twice. The first time, by organizing the resistance against the Nazis during the WWII and, the second time, by defusing the dangers of civil war during the Algerian crisis. In both cases, de Gaulle unflinchingly stood up against the conformist, corrupt French oligarchy which had surrendered to the foreign centers of power and, for this, he received the undying support of the French citizens. In fact, it was precisely de Gaulle’s dedication to the interests of the French people and the confrontation with the oligarchy that constituted the two key aspects of his political success.
I am convinced that Europe today also has its “alibi for courage”. It even seems that there are several potential […]