|Merci pour votre amité, la France!|
The French people are, have been, and will continue to be our friends. They have been our friends for a very long time; in fact, since before we were even a country. They have been a long, true, dear friend of America, and friends are there for each other. Because I am willing to sympathize with my close friends, does that mean I cannot empathize with acquaintances, or even people I do not know? Of course not, but for our true friends, we will come over with a box of tissues and a patient ear. And, so we sit and comfort our good friend, la France.
There is pain and suffering everywhere. It is not that we don't care, but there is a term compassion burnout. Well, if there isn't, there should be. Close friends are there when we need them, as France was during 9/11, and we reciprocate now in their hour of grief. It's what buddies do!