September 18, 2007

FIGHTIN' FROGS:

The New Hawks of France: It used to be that France would respond with a predictable "non" to any saber-rattling coming out of the US. Now, though, Paris seems eager to lead the way and has taken clear aim at Iran. The bellicosity is making German commentators nervous. (Der Spiegel, 9/18/07)

Sometimes it's not the message, but the messenger who delivers it. After spending much of this decade going head to head with the US over its invasion of Iraq due to nuclear weapons suspicions, France seems to be joining American bellicosity when it comes to those same suspicions about Iran. On French radio on Sunday, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said that it is time to "prepare ourselves for the worst" and indicated that he was talking about a possible war with Iran.

The remarks are simply the most recent indication that France under new President Nicolas Sarkozy is turning his back on the almost reflexive anti-US stance of his predecessor Jacques Chirac. And they have not been universally well-received. On Monday, the UN's head nuclear watchdog Mohamed ElBaradei blasted Kouchner, saying that diplomacy is still the best route and warned against "hyping" the issue.


The Crusaders were supposed to become increasingly isolated, not the Craven.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 18, 2007 8:12 AM
Comments

I remember reading a political commentary written in the mid-19th century, relieved that leadership in Europe was passing from the strutting, militaristic French to the philosophical, bucolic Germans.

There may be such a thing as national character, but it certainly can change or at least express itself in different ways over time.

Posted by: Mike Earl at September 18, 2007 10:28 AM

Well, mid-19th Century, plenty of folks could remember what Napoleon wrought.

Posted by: Twn at September 18, 2007 1:50 PM

*fingers in ears*

THE IRAQ WAR HAS BEEN A COMPLETE DISASTER!!!

THE ECONOMY IS TERRIBLE, HOUSING BUBBLE!!!!!

Posted by: Benny at September 18, 2007 2:17 PM

And looming on the horizon is something I had never heard about until last Saturday - land fragmentation! People who own large chunks of land are breaking them up and selling the smaller chunks so that every Johnny Punchclock can own property and put a house on it. Shame! The properly Progressive way is to have the vast majority of land owned by an elite minority while the rest of us live in apartments or, at best, on little 16th-of-an-acre plots.
If that sounds to you more like Tsarist Russia than a Progressive Utopia come have a seat next to me on the Stupid Bench because I don't get it either.

Posted by: Bryan at September 18, 2007 3:17 PM

I don't know which Government the remarks about land-spliting are referencing. Here in The US, farm land is still a bargain. Many can and do own 'farms'from 10 acres to hundreds. We, who are of very modest means, some might say poor, own over 500 acres of wooded and fresh water creeks. And yes, even on one of those pitiful quarter acrer plots in the city. You don't have to live on tiny plots unless you live and work in a city. And that is your choice. Stop whining!

Posted by: Doris at September 18, 2007 8:44 PM

You will have to live on tiny plots if the eco-fascists get their say.

Posted by: Bryan at September 19, 2007 6:22 AM
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