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November 01, 2005

Alternative To Surrender

French rower finishes 'record-breaking' solo Pacific crossing: team

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - French rower Emmanuel Coindre ended a landmark 129-day solo voyage across the Pacific Ocean between Japan and the United States, setting a new record, according to his team.


His reported feat comes 14 years after fellow Frenchman Gerard D'Aboville became the first person to row across the Pacific, rowing from Choshi, Japan, to Ilwaco in Washington state in 134 days.

It would seem that the French have this market cornered, wouldn't it?

Could these folks actually be taking part in a secret military experiment on behalf of the French Navy, who may have decided that they needed a second option in their arsenal of combat tactics?

I mean, so far, the only tried and true tactic in the French military strategy manual, which of course includes their navy, has been the Surrender Option, usually the wisest course for implementing the saving of their skins, so perhaps now they're experimenting with a back-up plan, that of a Retreat Option, in which case these personnel seem to be succeeding in their quest:

They're discovering doable ways by which the French Navy can escape the necessity of surrender, by bravely beating feet across the sea, away from the looming menace of any violent confrontations.

Go, France!

And keep on going..

Posted by Seth at November 1, 2005 07:27 AM


ROTF...The French will forever be associated with surrender won't they? As they do deserve. At least they can claim the WON something, a little late...but they won. LOL

Posted by: Raven at November 2, 2005 04:12 PM

Don't forget their greatest military coup in modern history, though, about two and a half years or so ago when one of their units on a U.N. Peacekeeping mission in Africa heroically stormed and took that village.... Which, as it turned out, was deserted long before they got there. Still, for the French it was, no doubt, a highly charged, pulse pounding victory that'll live on history, etc, etc.

Posted by: Seth at November 2, 2005 05:41 PM