Tuesday, September 18, 2007

France Regaining its "High Historical and Cultural Position"

Yesterday, I posted about the peculiar circumstance of a French official saying that war was possible, and not blaming America. The matter at hand was the way that sanctions and negotiations and more sanctions and more negotiations hadn't had much effect on Iran's nuclear program.

Aside from giving Iranian diplomats something to do, and buying time for the allegedly civilian nuclear program.

A couple of Mohammeds voiced their opinions that France wasn't being as cultural and highly historical as it usually was, and that people shouldn't talk about using force.

Sunday, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner explained that he was "drawing attention to the gravity of the crisis." Monday, French Prime Minister Francois Fillon downplayed Kouchner’s comments even more. "France’s role is to lead the way to a peaceful solution."

Ah, mais oui! Naturellement! Il est très sophistiqué! Sûrement cette approche très intelligente réussira!

That's more like the French diplomacy we've come to know and love.

I sincerely hope that the French government succeeds. A peaceful solution would be nice. I also hope that the French government does not emulate the very diplomatic Neville Chamberlain, back in 1938.

Personally, I was impressed with the French Foreign Minister's original remarks. I took them as an indication that one person, at least, in the French government realized that the possibility of ayatollahs with first-strike nuclear capabilities was something to be avoided.

2 comments:

Brigid said...

Who's Neville Chamberlain? Is he the one who said, "we have peace in our time"?

Brian, aka Nanoc, aka Norski said...

Part of what he said was, "My good friends, this is the second time in our history that there has come back from Germany to Downing Street peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. And now I recommend you to go home and sleep quietly in your beds."

I posted more at "Six Years Ago, Tomorrow: Remembering 9/11" http://anotherwaronterrorblog.blogspot.com/2007/09/six-years-ago-tomorrow-remembering-911.html

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