Thursday, August 10, 2006

What's the French Angle?

Sorry, I'm not talking about unique kissing positions... I'm wondering what goes through the minds of the French government when they make their diplomatic maneuvers.

Did you read what the French foreign Minister said about Iran a few days ago...?

Philippe Douste-Blazy, while meeting with the Iranian foreign minister, said this:

"...Iran is a significant, respected player in the Middle East which is playing a stabilizing role, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said earlier Monday in Beirut.

"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.

Asked whether he would meet his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki later Monday, Douste-Blazy said as he left for Beirut: "It's normal that politicians who want a political agreement can meet each other."

Iran and Syria are the principal sponsors of Hezbollah, and the two countries have applauded Hezbollah's July 12 capture of two Israel Defense Forces soldiers, which triggered the Israeli offensive in Lebanon." (source)

Significant, respected, great country, ...playing a stabilizing role in the Middle East?! Wow, those are definitely not the adjectives that would have popped into my head if asked about Iran and their role in the current turmoil. Maybe Douste-Blazy was speaking in antonyms? Maybe the French think if they play the middle of the road they will be spared destruction when Tehran gets its nuclear weapon?

Je ne comprends pas!

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