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Tuesday, March 18, 2003

 

Utter hypocrisy
If Iraq uses chemical weapons, France may well get involved anyway.
"If the war starts and if (President) Saddam Hussein uses chemical or biological weapons, it would change completely the situation for the French president and for the French government, and President (Jacques) Chirac will have to decide what we will do to help the American troops to confront this new situation.

"But I confirm it would change completely the perception and the situation for us," said [French Ambassador to the United States] Jean-David Levitte, who told CNN he hoped that biological and chemical weapons would not be used.
What Jean-David Levitte failed to mention is that this would prove that the inspections were a complete and utter failure, and that France has been wrong--dead wrong--this entire time. Which they wer, and they have been. But I hope and pray it isn't proved. I hope France can sit on the sidelines snootily the whole time. I'd love to see Chirac eat a double helping of his words, but not at the expense of death by chemical weaponry.

But the mere possibility that Saddam will use chemical weapons--and no one that I've seen denies that it's a possibility--proves that the inspections failed, that Chirac is a hypocrite, and that the USA is doing what needs to be done.

Even if, God forbid, Saddam does use chemical weapons, I hope we can handle it, and rebuff any offer of French help, unless it comes with the stringent rrequirement that they keep their noses out of post-Saddam Iraq entirely. But, again, I pray it doesn't come to that.
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