Fighting For Fries
FOR those who are thoughtless enough to be his readers, Satiricus has some fast food for thought. It is that Belgium is trying to get its potato fries recognized as a global cultural heritage. According to a tasty titbit of news the requirement for such recognition by UN’s cultural arm UNESCO is that the country’s culture minister must first declare it to be a national cultural heritage, and an official debate on the issue is expected to take place. In the considered opinion of Satiricus, this is a serious matter, especially in view of the fact that potato fries are globally called French fries. Then will not the French object to their being brought down to the Belgian level? It is certainly a matter of deliciously delicate diplomatic importance affecting international relations. For Satiricus recalls that when, some years ago for some reason, US-French relations soured seriously American law-makers ordered their official canteen to stop calling French fries French fries, just fries. Then what would the French say if French fries acquire global recognition as Belgian fries? Will they find it too unpalatable to stomach?