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Posted: 12/29/2002 4:55:13 AM EDT

Gloria Aker stands in a her Monahans, Texas, home on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002. Her home was damaged in July 2002 when a U.S. Air Force F-117A Nighthawk stealth figher accidentily dropped a dummy bomb onto her house. Aker and her two children are living at her mothers house until the U.S. Air Force pays for the damages. (AP Photo/ Gary Payne)


A baby Indian rhino, less than one week old and already weighing more than 180 lbs., explores his environment at the San Diego Wild Animal Park on Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, in San Diego. A female Indian rhinoceros gave birth to the calf Dec. 23 following a 16-month gestation period. The birth of the calf marks the 39th birth of this species at the Wild Animal Park, which is home to 15 of 55 Indian rhinos in the United States. The Indian rhino is considered to be an endangered species with only about 2,000left in the wild. (AP Photo/Zoological Society of San Diego)


French troops, together with military vehicles are seen on the deck of the French boat 'Foundre' at the port in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Saturday Dec. 28, 2002. The ship, carrying about 300 French soldiers and military equipment, docked at Abidjan's seaside port Saturday morning bringing the total number of French troops in Ivory Coast to around 2500. (AP Photo/Christine Nesbitt)


The aircraft carrier USS George Washington sails in the Persian Gulf in this Sept. 5, 2002 file photo. The Pentagon (news - web sites) has ordered a major military force to the Persian Gulf in preparation for a possible war with Iraq. Thousands of troops, two aircraft carrier battle groups and scores of combat aircraft have received orders since Christmas to ready themselves. The USS George Washington has already been selected to head to the region. The ship just arrived home to Norfolk, Virginia, from the Persian Gulf. (AP Photo/Str)


Indian paratroopers fly microlight aircraft during a display on the golden jubilee of the army's only Parachute Regiment in Bangalore, capital of the southern state of Karnataka, on December 20, 2002. The regiment, which has 11 battalions, has been deployed for a variety of operations since its creation, including civil conflicts and international peacekeeping operations. REUTERS/Kamal Kishore
Link Posted: 12/29/2002 5:40:30 AM EDT
Those french trooops are pretty scary looking.  But I can't see where they are carrying their government issue white flag.
Link Posted: 12/29/2002 5:51:22 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Phil_A_Steen:
Those french trooops are pretty scary looking.  But I can't see where they are carrying their government issue white flag.
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I can't understand why they would bother buying all that nifty hardware, and then carting it all the way to the Ivory Coast, when we all know they are just going to hand it over to what ever enemy they face! Would be a lot easier just to stay home, drinking wine, being gay.
Link Posted: 12/29/2002 5:57:43 AM EDT
Look at those poor French bastards, half of them are hanging over the side with sea sickness.

Link Posted: 12/29/2002 6:02:22 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/29/2002 6:30:15 AM EDT
Originally Posted By TomJefferson:
The French are actually pretty good soldiers. It's a shame they take such pride in getting killed and losing!
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Yes. The French have lost to some of the most mediocre armies in history!

Vive la Fuckheads!
Link Posted: 12/29/2002 11:56:00 AM EDT
Okay, that's five derogatory comments in a row about the French.  Anything more is considered piling on.
Link Posted: 12/29/2002 12:04:12 PM EDT
IBTL (In Before the Louvre)
Link Posted: 12/29/2002 1:14:19 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/29/2002 1:46:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/29/2002 1:47:47 PM EDT by raven]
There are quite a few Frenchmen in the Foreign Legion.  There isn't SUPPOSED to be, strictly speaking, but there are a lot with Parisian accents claiming to be Swiss, Belgian or Quebecois.

Usually, any French you find in the Legion are running from the consequences of some crime or girl they knocked up, they tend to be the real dregs of French society as only a true loser Frenchman would join the Legion (it's a very hard life, the alternatives must be pretty severe if you end up there). They usually favor the less disciplined, easier tasks and regiments and sometimes make up half the personnnel of those units.

The more hardcore, elite paratrooper regiment is pretty much Frog-free (except for the officers).
Link Posted: 12/29/2002 2:02:54 PM EDT

One thing we can be certain of is that none of their rifles have ever been fired in anger!

Link Posted: 12/29/2002 2:04:49 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/29/2002 6:14:23 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DzlBenz

Vive la Fuckheads!
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Dont really know why, but that comment made me lmfao!![:D]

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