freedom fries


When the United States declared war on terrorism in the aftermath of the dreadful attack on the twin towers of the World Trade Centre on 11th September 2001, one of the homes of terrorism was seen to be Iraq. It was hoped that the United Nations would stand shoulder to shoulder with the US and UK in their efforts to gain support for a war in Iraq, but the French led opposition to a proposed United Nations resolution and used its veto. Among the many Francophobe results of this action were the declaration by the iconic cartoon character Homer Simpson that the French were "cheese-eating surrender monkeys" and the fact that, on the menus of several traditional and patriotic US eating establishments, "French fries" were replaced by "Freedom fries".