August 30, 2004

ALLWAI 1, FRANCE 0:

France rejects Iraqi PM's declaration as "unacceptable" (Xinhuanet, 2004-08-31)

Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's declaration, which came after the kidnapping of two French journalists in Iraq and accused France's position towards terrorism, was "unacceptable," the French Foreign Ministry said Monday.

"This declaration seems in fact to have cast doubt on France's determination in the fight against terrorism ... France is leading untiringly a resolute action against this scourge and it is always bringing its support and contribution to all the initiatives of the international community in this field," said Cecile Pozzo di Borgo, spokeswoman of the French Foreign Ministry. [...]

Allawi declared earlier Monday that the kidnapping of two French journalists showed that there was "no possible neutrality" in Iraq and that those who do not fight at the government level can not escape terrorism.

"None of the civilized countries can escape," he said, noting "there is no possible neutrality, as shows the kidnapping of the French journalists." "The French deluded themselves if they would hope to stay outside," he added.


Exquisite.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 30, 2004 10:36 PM
Comments

Ms. di Borgo is shocked, shocked that France might appear to be appeasing terrorists. And I always thought that Captain Louis Renault was a caricature.

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at August 31, 2004 2:22 AM

There are, in fact two America's: there's Republicans, and there's France.

Posted by: Jim Gooding at August 31, 2004 7:53 AM

Jim:

Mind if I use that as my new email sig line?

Posted by: M Ali Choudhury at August 31, 2004 8:11 AM

M. Ali: Go for it, my friend.

Posted by: Jim Gooding at August 31, 2004 8:15 AM

Jim,

Added to my "Uncle Bill Sez" file with approprate attribution.

Posted by: Uncle Bill at August 31, 2004 8:57 AM

Omnis Gallia delenda est.

Posted by: Brooks at August 31, 2004 9:19 PM
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