November 18, 2004


After Iraq, world more dangerous, Chirac says (Craig S. Smith, November 18, 2004, The New York Times)

Ensuring that relations with the United States and Britain will remain cool, President Jacques Chirac of France said in a televised interview Wednesday that the world was a more dangerous place because of the American-led invasion of Iraq.

"To a certain extent, Saddam Hussein's departure was a positive thing," Chirac said in an interview broadcast by BBC on the eve of a visit to London. "But it also provoked reactions, such as the mobilization in a number of countries of men and women of Islam, which has made the world more dangerous."

Of course it's more dangerous--stability is relatively safe but generally evil; freedom is dangerous, at least in the short run. Mr. Chirac has put his finger on the irreconcilable divide between the French and the American Revolutions, they chose security, we liberty.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 18, 2004 8:49 AM

The toppling of Saddam has made the world less safe for Chirac. His illegal and duplicitous actions over the last three decades have been laid bare for all to see. Even for the French, who have a far greater tolerance for boodling than we do, he is a disgusting and venal figure.

He pushed through legislation to exempt him from prosecution while he is President de la Republique. When he's out, expect him to take flight and chill out free from prosecution in a Tunisian beachfront villa like the former Italian PM and fellow crook, Craxi.

Posted by: Bart at November 18, 2004 10:36 AM

If Chirac really wants to enjoy life, and be safe at the same time, he will come to the USA.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 18, 2004 11:55 AM

The US has excellent French Cooking and wines also.

Posted by: h-man at November 18, 2004 12:19 PM

France and the US have an extradition treaty, so he won't be coming here any time soon, and frankly we shouldn't want him.

Posted by: Bart at November 18, 2004 1:17 PM

We might have chosen security over liberty too had we lived right next to the Germans.

Posted by: Brandon at November 18, 2004 1:42 PM


We lived next to the Indians, and killed them. We'd have done no less to the Hun. Indeed, we'vbe done it twice even though they're nowhere near us.

Posted by: oj at November 18, 2004 1:55 PM

From the article:

French-American relations, rarely easy, have lingered near historic lows since Chirac's government fought bitterly last year to avert the war.

And why is that, I wonder?

Posted by: Matt Murphy at November 18, 2004 4:22 PM