View Full Version : The Glory that is France

03-07-2003, 09:48 PM
While the article (by George F. Will) pertains mostly to France's objections to the war.... there are some interesting quotes nestled in.... the whole thing is a good read....

"We no longer live in a world where only the actual firing of weapons represents a sufficient challenge to a nation's security." - President Kennedy, during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis

On - note the day - Sept. 11, 1941, FDR said: "Do not let us split hairs. Let us not say, 'We will only defend ourselves if the torpedo succeeds in getting home, or if the crew and the passengers are drowned.' This is the time for prevention of attack."

French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin, on ABC's "This Week" last Sunday, said: "Do you want me to tell you, really, what France is worried about? How many boys, American boys, are going to die in Iraq." The effrontery of his expectation that gullible Americans will believe that French policy flows from compassion for American "boys" is exceeded by that of his innuendo that France has more concern for those "boys" than does their commander in chief.
Such smarminess is the least offensive of current French stances, some of which, if successful, would increase the threats to American troops. No longer in any meaningful sense an ally, France does not disguise its aim to be a counterweight to the United States. It seemed uninterested in the fact that the deployment of defensive missiles to protect Turkey from Iraqi attacks, a deployment France opposed, also would protect U.S. forces at Incirlik air base in Turkey.

On "This Week," Villepin was asked: Given that Saddam Hussein has said that his mistake was invading Kuwait before he acquired nuclear weapons, do you now believe that Israel was right to bomb the reactor outside Baghdad and that France was wrong to help build it?
French diplomacy has sunk to this Villepin gaseousness: "I think you cannot remake history. You can take lessons, you can imagine different scenarios. I don't think it's possible, today, definite answers. I think that the idea of pre-emptive strike might be a possibility. Have it as a doctrine, as a theory. I don't think it is really useful. Sometimes by using force pre-emptively we might create more violence and we have to be always thinking to what are the consequences."
It is not a "scenario," it is a virtual certainly that absent Israel's 1981 pre-emptive attack, Iraq would have had nuclear weapons in 1991, and today Kuwait would be the 19th province of Iraq - and Saudi Arabia would be the 20th. France's goal - less violence - would have been achieved because the First Gulf War could not have been fought.

Fortunately for the United States, which has serious things to think about, the French foreign minister continues to demonstrate the absurdity of his country's demand to be taken seriously.

I always liked George Will.... Here's the entire article (http://www.nypost.com/postopinion/opedcolumnists/55473.htm)