July 18, 2005


Politics Intrudes in Bombing Inquiry, Deepening the French-British Rift (ELAINE SCIOLINO, NY Times, 7/16/05)

Britain's era of good will with Europe lasted 48 hours - all because of the French.

In the wake of the July 7 terrorist attacks in London, Scotland Yard brought together law enforcement and intelligence officials from two dozen European countries and the United States, sharing crucial intelligence and pleading for help in tracking down the bombers.

But the continentwide kumbaya was shattered when Christophe Chaboud, France's new antiterrorism coordinator, broke the cardinal rule of the club.

He leaked.

In keeping with our theme that the daily newspaper always confirms conservatives in our beliefs, here's a two-fer. The French are a voluble people. For the New York Times, when the pretense of post-terror amity breaks down between Britain and France, it is France's fault. When it broke down between the US and France, Bush squandered it.

Posted by David Cohen at July 18, 2005 7:54 AM

It seems that Chirac about a month ago adopted a policy of being purposely offensive to Britain. Presumably he hopes to form a mini-EU absent the Brits in which France is powerful and turn the EU into an economic zone. French allies like the Belgians have been leaking too.

Posted by: pj at July 18, 2005 9:30 AM

This is entirely for domestic political consumption. He has exhausted the anti-American well. His economic policy is a shambles and his foreign policy has been shown to be a fetid mixture of corrupt dealings with murderous thugs and knee-jerk opposition to American activity. France, where the EU was held in Olympian esteem, has turned on him.

He's desperate to stay out of the hoosegow. Virtually all of his old associates are in prison, on their way to prison or just out of prison and all of them were swindled like Clinton swindled his former friends and associates. And Chirac doesn't have the Dixie Mafia at his beck and call to make people disappear.

So, he's left with the oldest demagogic card in France, anglophobia. He's playing it for all it's worth.

Posted by: bart at July 18, 2005 9:49 AM