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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The French get cold feet

Well, this shouldn't shock anyone. French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner told the New York Times on Monday that his courageous country is getting cold feet at the prospect of cutting off the export of refined oil products to Iran.
“I think this is a bit dangerous,” Mr. Kouchner said in an interview here, where he is attending the United Nations General Assembly. A blockade would harm the Iranian people, he said, “and mainly poor people.”

“This is a choice; we have to study it also,” he said. “But it is not my personal favorite at all.”

French officials cautioned later that the government had not decided its position on such a measure. It was not clear whether President Nicolas Sarkozy of France shared Mr. Kouchner’s reservations. But if France is to come out against fuel sanctions, analysts said, they will most likely be off the table as an option for increasing the pressure on Iran.
Even assuming that they could be effective, you weren't holding your breath waiting for real sanctions against Iran to happen now, were you?

The rogue regimes like Iran have a great deal. They hold their own people hostage to the prospect of Western action, and then they wait for the West to get pangs of conscience at the prospect that their actions might harm the hostages and not just the regime. In the meantime, the regime continues to do whatever it wants while the West beats its head against the wall in frustration.

This time, however, all Kouchner's concern for ordinary Iranians is likely to do is to encourage an Israeli military strike against Iran. Thus the entire Western leadership will likely go down in history as bringing a disastrous world war on humanity because it lacked the courage to stand up to a tyrant.

Neville Chamberlain's place in history is prestigious by comparison.

What could go wrong?


At 11:16 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

International sanctions, when?

The French response tells us the answer.

No one is going to move to halt business with Iran.


At 5:52 AM, Blogger sheik Yer'Mami said...

The French will NEVER honor an agreement or adhere to ethics or morals. Its not in their DNA.

At 8:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talk is cheap.



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