Sub Title: Deux + Deux = Paris
Churchill and others had some pretty harsh thngs to say about French political antics during the lead up to and the initial years of the Second World War, not to mention the closing years as well. As events surrounding the lead up to and the initial years of the War on Terror unfold and become clearer, it would appear in this respect France has changed little since.
It's funny how often a seemingly innocent throw away remark can lead in a completely unintended direction. I read the other day that the EU has offered 'a bankrupt France' financial assistance to meet the cost of the Francofada. I think an amount of 50 mil euros was mentioned. It was the word 'bankrupt' which lingered and the significance of which did not dawn on me until later. I wondered how bankrupt France was before GWB and Co closed down Saddam Hussein?
So, here's a hypothesis which will warm the cockles of every leftie heart. As their collective blood pressure rises they should remember that while much is circumstantial there is more solid evidence here than was used to put Peter Ellis away for ten years.
Consider the following apparently unrelated matters of record and then look for possible or probable links.
- France is apparently bankrupt in 2005
- France recently has been exposed in usurping the EU to support it's pathological hatred of the US
- France steadfastly blocked UN authorisation of military action against Iraq
- Iraq subverted the UN Oil for Food programme and in so doing provided significant financial benefit to France
- The UN definitions of WMD pretty much ensured none would ever be found even though now irrefutable evidence of their presence has become available
- France had significant current trade other than oil with the Saddamite regime
I invite fellow bloggers to add to the above list. When I start to connect up all the dots this is the way it looks to me.
I reckon history will eventually show that France desperately needed to preserve the regime of Saddam Hussein in order to prop up it's own failed economy and generate sufficient cashflow to keep putting off the evil hour when tough reforms finally had to be made. Saddam was Chirac's cash cow.
The way France achieved this goal was to manipulate everything in the UN which had any effect on Iraq. The obvious measures of refusing to support military action are well known. I suspect it will turn out that France had a hand in setting up the 'Saddam friendly' definitions for WMD. I recall reading from time to time how the UN inspection teams just never seemed to get anywhere in time to find anything tangible. Could it be that the regime was being constantly tipped off by sympathisers from within the UN team? Could there have been any Frenchmen involved?
It would be interesting indeed if Senator Coleman and his committee were to subpoena Jacques Chirac and subject him to testimony under oath. Much more value than a simple minded clot from Dundee.
Oh, BTW (This one's for Zen)
Q. Do you know who the Irish Ambassador to France is these days?
A. Frank O'Phail.