September 15, 2003

WHOSE SIDE WERE YOU ON IN THE WAR, JACQUES?:

French block airlift of British troops to Basra (Henry Samuel and Michael Smith, 16/09/2003, Daily Telegraph)

The French government has told an airline that it is not to ferry British troops to Basra, a ban that will be seen as reflecting Paris's opposition to the occupation of Iraq.

Corsair, which has been chartered numerous times to transport UK forces around the world, pulled out of a contract to fly reinforcements to Basra at the weekend.

About 1,400 more troops are being sent to Basra as part of an attempt to prevent the "strategic failure" predicted by Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, with a similar number expected to be announced within weeks.

A Corsair Airbus A330 was chartered to fly troops of the Royal Green Jackets from Brize Norton, Oxon, but at the last moment the French transport ministry grounded the aircraft citing safety concerns.


What do you expect from an "ally" that fought us on the beaches of North Africa when we were trying to take on the Nazis, ordered our troops off their soil during the Cold War and quit NATO, and refused overflight rights when we bombed Qaddafi?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 15, 2003 9:28 PM
Comments

"Citing safety concerns."

15,000 + deaths later (or was it a cull?), it's nice to see that the French are finally getting around to safety concerns....

Posted by: Barry Meislin at September 16, 2003 2:59 AM

They truly are a race of girly-men!

Posted by: J.H. at September 16, 2003 9:20 AM

Chestless girly men.

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at September 16, 2003 3:06 PM
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