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Saturday, August 28, 2010

France to sell HOT missiles to Lebanon: Pas Question!

France's Middle East policy is beginning to resemble Swiss cheese.

This past Wednesday, at an annual address to French ambassadors, Nicholas Sarkozy used the occasion to demand that Iran reach agreement over its nuclear program:

"'If a credible agreement cannot be reached, Iran's isolation would only worsen,' Sarkozy said. 'And in the face of worsening threat, we would have to organize ourselves to protect and defend states that feel threatened.'

. . . .

'Everybody knows that there are serious consequences to a policy that would allow Iran to follow its nuclear path,' Sarkozy said. 'It would see a general proliferation in the region or even military conflict.'"

http://www.haaretz.com/misc/article-print-page/sarkozy-warns-world-powers-will-mobilize-against-iran-if-nuclear-talks-fail-1.310217?trailingPath=2.169%2C2.216%2C2.219%2C

Thank you, Nicholas. Vive la France! If only Obama had the couilles to face down Ahmadinejad in this forthright fashion.

Yesterday, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner declared to the French ambassadors that the EU should participate in US-sponsored peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in Washington (http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/france-eu-must-play-role-in-israeli-palestinian-talks-1.310630). My response: Pas de probleme.

On Friday, however, it was also revealed that French Defense Minister Herve Moran has offered to sell Lebanon 100 HOT anti-tank missiles (http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=186180). Given the recent unprovoked assassination of an Israeli lieutenant colonel by the Lebanese army and warming relations between Lebanon and Syria, how does France dream of selling these advanced armaments to Lebanon at this time. Even Inspector Clouseau would know against whose tanks these missiles are intended and that they will pass swiftly into the hands of Iran's proxy in Lebanon, Hezbollah.

Sorry, but my reply to this temporary manifestation of démence: Pas question!

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