France has demanded the return of the Statue of Liberty. The Statue has spent nearly one hundred and thirty years welcoming visitors, immigrants and folks returning home. But France says that the statue bestows an iconic status for the fundamental rights of democracy, a status that France says the USA no longer deserves.
President Sarkozy, the French president, said at the G8 to a shocked President Obama: "At home your government has destroyed people's lives with the sub-prime mortgage scandal and the shameful way you organise health care. America's neo-conservative foreign policy has caused death and misery around the world, not just in Iraq but with your non ending and short sighted support of Israel in their struggle with the Palestinians. Tell me, how do you deserve our beautiful statue? We want it back - or we will come and get it."
The statue was originally a joint venture between America and France to celebrate the Centennial of the American Declaration of Independenced. It was unveiled by President Cleveland on 28 October 1886. The USA had provided the pedestal, France the actual statue. Sarkozy said: "We only want what is ours - the States can keep the pedestal."
Barack Obama had no immediate answer and stood there open mouthed and big eared. Sarkozy then said: "Look, you seem to be the new American icon. Why don't they make a 100 metre statue of you?"
At which point President Obama relaxed, smiled and allowed numerous atrocities in Bagram to continue.