July 31, 2006

Must be kin of the Vichy crowd

French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy today:

"It was clear that we could never accept a destabilization of Lebanon, which could lead to a destabilization of the region," Douste-Blazy said in Beirut.

"In the region there is of course a country such as Iran -- a great country, a great people and a great civilization which is respected and which plays a stabilizing role in the region," he told a news conference.

Douste-Blazy later remarked that North Korea is a "humanitarian" nation, that Sudan's slavery "isn't all that bad," and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia were "just trying to knock some sense into the arrogant educated class" back after the Vietnam War. (/sarcasm)

Hopefully he had his fingers crossed, eh? ;-)

Posted by Hube at July 31, 2006 10:31 PM | TrackBack

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Un.be.lievable.

Posted by: Anna Venger at July 31, 2006 10:37 PM

Di.plo.macy

Here is the thing. Bush does not know how to use words, so he uses bombs (and ecourages his proxies to use bombs) instead.

The trouble is bombs only give the momentary appearance of doing the job. In fact they create more problems than they solve.

Posted by: jason at August 1, 2006 08:30 AM

Jason, diplomacy's one thing. A little dishonesty is expected. This is either idiocy or bald-faced lying.

Posted by: Paul Smith at August 1, 2006 08:57 AM

Hmm...I can remember two bombs in particular that gave more than a momentary appearence of doing the job. One call Fat Man and one called Little Boy.

Diplomacy only works if you have another means of coercion. Be it military or economic sanctions you need the iron fist and the velvet glove.

Posted by: Duffy at August 1, 2006 09:08 AM