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Brush up on your history @BorisJohnson @DanielJHannan
1778 Voltaire & Franklin met in Paris. Lafayette fought alongside George Washington.
1792 Washington became citizen of France & appointed Charles L'Enfant to plan the new city of Washington.
Take the time to watch the whole speech @BorisJohnson .

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We did not pass it to our children in the bloodstream...
This is an urgent reminder indeed...and we cannot take for granted our trans-Atlantic history and bonds. At the core our western values themselves are at risk...and we cannot succeed forgetting our principles and our history....
We, elected officials, all share the responsibility to demonstrate that democracy remains the best answer to the questions and doubts that are raised today...we must stand firmly and fight to make our principles prevail.
Today the international community needs to build the 21st world order based on the perenial principles we established together after WWII - the rule of law - together we are facing inequalities, threats to the planet, attacks on democracy through the rise of illiberalism
All these risks are grave to our citizens...

You can play with fears and angers for time but they do not construct anything. Anger only freezes and weakens us. As FDR said: "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself",
We have two possible ways ahead - isolationism, withdrawal and can be tempting. But closing the door to the world will not douse but inflame the fears of our citizens... We have to keep our eyes wide open...if we decide to open our eyes wider we will be stronger

Personally, I do not share the fascination for new strong powers, the abandonment of freedom and the illusion of nationalism. The United States and Europe have a historical role in this respect...
because it is the only way to defend what we believe in, to promote our universal values, to express strongly that human rights, the rights of minorities and shared liberty are the true answer to the disorder of the world.
I believe in these rights and values. I believe that against ignorance we have education, against inequalities, development, against cynicism, trust and good faith, against fanatacism, culture, against disease, medicine, against the threats to the planet science...
Without reason, without truth there is no real democracy because democracy is about true choices and rational decisions. The corruption of information is an attempt to corrode the very spirit of our democracies.
...I believe facing all these challenges, all this anger, all this fear, our duty is to work together and to build this multi-lateralism....
Today the call we hear is the call of history. This is a time of determination and courage. What we cherish is at stake. What we love is in danger. We have no choice but to prevail and together we shall prevail.
'Vive notre amitie'
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