But the emotional legacies are different for different countries. For France the war, however bloody, was a necessary response to invasion. Preventing the German Army from reaching Paris in the first battle of the Marne spelled the difference between freedom and slavery.The words above were written by an elite journalist in the paper of record. Mr. Erlanger has punched all the tickets, Harvard, the Times, a shared Pulitzer. For a writer to conjure up the Gauls as all enchained by Les Boches is absurd. True, the Germans would not have been gentle, but like after the unpleasantness of the early 1870s, they would have left.
Oh well, Mr. Erlanger appears to be reliably neocon so not much else can be expected.
After all, when Charlie Thin put up money to help save the Grey Lady, it wasn't to get a quality product.