Re: Death to Frances former Queen. Not the answer.
- It has been a while since this message was printed, but I
realized I had not responded to it. Not everyone wanted
Marie Antoinette dead. There were those who still loved and
revered her..but those who wanted her out of the picture were
louder and wielded more power over the citizens.
It is human nature apparently to be a follower. Those that
have the desire to be leaders are for the most part, far and
few between. Most are quite happy to sit back and be led by
someone else. In the case of Marie Antoinette, the "leaders"
of the revolutionaries used their power to spread lies through
their pamplets and by word of mouth enough to destroy her
reputation. True, she had made her share of mistakes..but not
to the extent that she should have been condemned in the way
she was. Perhaps many of the followers of the revolutionaries
were a party to what is known as "groupthink", the process whereby
a group arrives at a decision that they privately know is wrong,
but feel that they cannot as individuals challenge. It happens
all the time today and has in the past and I believe during
Marie Antoinette's time as well. Two of the examples we were
given during my Sociology class was the 1962 Bay of Pigs Invasion
and the Vietnam War. In both of these cases, there were those in
each of these president's cabinets who disapproved of the decision
to invade (Cuba) or to escalate the war(Vietnam) but remained
silent..in order to gain further approval from Kennedy and
Mistakes are made when good people keep their mouths shut and
do not speak up for what they know to be right. Evil deeds are
done when charismatic people have control over the common man
who many times unknowingly is following the lead of one who he
does not recognize as evil or as power hungry. I believe this
may have been the case of many of those who were joining with
the revolutionaries. Suffering, I believe blinded many to a more
peaceful way of handling the whole situation and yes, to me...
the execution of Louis and Marie Antoinette was not necessary.
--- In Images_of_Marie_Antoinette@yahoogroups.com, "Axel"
> "Everyone wanted Marie Antoinette dead.
> "The former Queen was a long ways from home, she had tried
> she had seen people murdered, she had been called every name in theanswer.
> "She had no other defense at the time in trial.
> "In my opinion THE french killed the king and the queen of their
> country, and that is sad sad. Death should not have been the
> "There are other alternatives........Their reasoning for wanting
> dead were for the wrong reasons.posts.
> Paradise - United States
> The above is a repost here from a post at Royal Forums by the above
> author comments welcome. It's the 6th and last of several
> This writer made interesting comments i wanted to share - Axel