Followup to my new post topic on 1984: what will Alcatel lose if they fail to act? shareholder value(what little is left), USA will keep the $16B pension fund, American manufacturing and patents and Engineering and Bell Labs. Alcatel would then become just an adjunct of government owned France Telecom. Why shouldn't then we just complete the full circle from the MCI lawsuit and give Lucent et al back to AT&T? If the shareholder value is liquidated, why not just give it back to T? Then the American employees could benefit and American manufacturing could benefit. Otherwise why do we have to surrender to foreign competition and foreign governments like the French socialists?