October 15, 2008 2:44PM

Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité — A Package Deal

News that France will suspend football (soccer) games at which “La Marseillaise” has been booed reveals how the famous credo of that country has fallen into disuse.

A liberal approach toward speech — giving Tunisians in France the liberté to boo their country of residence — would communicate powerfully that France is stronger than such slights — yet still welcoming of Tunisians as frères et soeurs.

The booing wouldn’t last long, as the Tunisians would recognize and appreciate the égalité légale accorded them by France.