Sunday, November 21, 2004

Chirac knows something about De-Gall

Dennis Boyle has an excellent article on National Review Online

The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter.

Jacques Chirac recently ridiculed Blair's support of the war in Iraq:

I said then to Tony Blair: 'You absolutely have to obtain something in exchange
for your support.' Well, Britain gave its support but I did not see much in
return. I am not sure that it is in the nature of our American friends at the
moment to return favours systematically.

That, of course, is exactly what we should by now expect from Chirac, the notion that if it's not a bribe, it's not a deal. It would never occur to Chirac that what Blair got in exchange for liberating Iraq had nothing to do with the U.S. What Blair got was what he thought he'd get, the knowledge that he had done the right thing for his own country and for others.

What an unsophisticated way to see the world, non? A French leader would never say, "Either you are with us, or you're against us." In French, it translates like this: "Either you give us something, or we are against you."