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Chirac Blasts U.S.-Led Invasion of Iraq

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Posted on Jan 5, 2007

The French president told a group of ambassadors that the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq had destabilized the Middle East and allowed terrorism to spread—just as he had predicted on the eve of the war in 2003.


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PARIS—President Jacques Chirac gave a tough critique Friday of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and its fallout, saying the war destabilized the entire Middle East and allowed terrorism to spread.

In a speech to ambassadors, Chirac also renewed his call for an international conference on the Middle East, saying he was deeply concerned by the growing number of crises there.

“At Europe’s gate, the Middle East has become an epicenter of international tensions,” Chirac said. “Crises are building up and spreading.”

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By felicity, January 7, 2007 at 1:44 pm Link to this comment
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SPINOZA #45871

The French attack in the Beqaa Valley was launched when Mitterand was president of France, not Chirac.  The attack was in retaliation for an attack on a French facility in Lebanon.  The US Marine Barracks in Lebanon were attacked at the same time, but the US did not retaliate.  To this day, no one is sure who instigated the attack.  It is known, however, that Mossad knew the attack was imminent but chose not to warn the US or France because it wanted the Americans and French out of Lebanon.

Your accusation that Chirac attacked Iran and Syria is, shall we say, less than accurate?

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By Rodney Matthews, January 6, 2007 at 10:18 pm Link to this comment
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I guess Tony Blair will soon realize the danger that He and Bushes war caused also. He can’t say it publicly because it would make him a war criminal like Bush and Cheney.

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By HeadlessHessian, January 6, 2007 at 4:11 pm Link to this comment
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Really!  I had not noticed!

Headless

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By Brewer, January 6, 2007 at 4:00 pm Link to this comment
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Chirac is blaming the tail, not the dog.
This is a list of articles collated by
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/offtowar.html

Israel says US will attack Iraq in May

Israel Says War on Iraq Would Benefit the Region

Attack Iraq soon, Sharon aide says

Israel Urges US to Attack Iraq: “Sooner, Rather than Later”

Israel To U.S.: Don’t Delay Iraq Attack

Cheney Admits US will attack Iraq ‘for Israel’s sake’

AIPAC is pushing for the USA to attack Iran for Israel

AIPAC spurring Congress to pass sanctions bill against Iran

Israel says Iran close to having a nuclear bomb

Israel warns on Iranian “nightmare”

Iran the next nuclear threat

Sharon stirs up conflict with Syria and Iran

Iran, Libya, Syria are next?

Israel instructs America to attack Iran and Syria

ISRAEL DEMANDS IRAN BE ATTACKED NEXT AFTER IRAQ

Syria’s Next

US Assures Israel That Syria And Iran Are Next

War is not in U.S. interest

Sharon Recruits US Mercenaries Against Syria

Sharon Wants U.S. Action Against Syria

Iraqi WMD ‘possibly in Syria’

Sharon Says US Should Also Disarm Iran, Libya and Syria

Israel urges harder int’l line towards Iran

Israeli foreign minister calls for international action against Iran in light of elections

Israelis urge U.S. to stop Iran’s nuke goals

It would be a “catastrophe” for the United States to pull out of Iraq, a leading Israeli legislator warned.

‘Israel will take out Iran’s nuke facilities if US does not’

According to al-Watan, Israel made it clear that it would only be able to wait until a certain date next year and would strike at Iran if no progress is made by that time.

Israel says Syria regime change in world’s interest

Israeli officials call for changes in Syrian rule

Israeli leaders call for regime change in Syria after assassination report

Sharon blasts Syria-Iran ‘axis of evil’

Israeli Says Rockets Shipped to Hezbollah

Israeli Says Iran Nuclear Race Reaches Point of No Return

Sharon: Israel will not accept nuclear Iran

Sharon: Iran nukes may require military response

IDF chief: Diplomatic pressure on Iran unlikely to succeed

Israel expands war arsenal to deal with Iranian nuclear threat

Israeli Aides Warn U.S. Not To Drop Ball on Iran

Zionists pressures Bush Administration to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities

MK: Iran to have nuclear capability within 2 years

Israel Wants West to Deal More Urgently With Iran

Iran must be stopped before it develops nuclear weapons

Israel tries to make Russia approve sanctions against Iran

ISRAEL: Iran is world’s most serious threat since WWII

ISRAEL: US not doing enough to stop Iran

Israel Says US Should Take Lead in Dealing With Iran’s Nuclear Program

Kevin Zeese: “Hawkish Israeli Lobby Wants War with Iran!”

Netanyahu Beats Drum for U.S. War with Iran

Pressures mount on Bush to bomb Iran

Israel: Back to the preemptive strike

Olmert says Israel will not accept a nuclear Iran

Iran must be intimidated, says Israeli leader

Israel’s Olmert calls for dramatic measures against Iran

Olmert declines to rule out military action against Iran

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By PARAMASVARAN Kandiah, January 6, 2007 at 2:23 am Link to this comment
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President Chirac was quite silent for some time and at the end of his legacy apparently wants to leave his mark. France is having enough problems with its Muslim population which claims that it is marginalised and that people do not understand Islam and the Muslims.

On the other hand the Muslims are forbidden to read other texts to learn and know about other faiths.  In countries like Malaysia they ae prohibited from involving themselves with Inter Faith Activist Groups. So there lies the dilemna on how the various faiths are to interact and then jointly look at the ways and means to end the colossal deaths of so many Muslims in the Middle East let alone the Anglo American troops who are there in Iraq under an illusion that they are the “saviours” of the Iraqi people. Perhaps Bush or some others may have a plan to ‘Balkanise’ Iraq. That may help solve the intercenine warfare and possibly save more lives after the “ethnic cleansing” which obviously will take place prior to or after Balkanisation.

The countries in the Middle East are Nations drawn up with borders created by the West from the collapsed Turkeman empire.  Hence loyalty to country is questionable.  Loyalty will first be to Religion or ethnicity. The Kurds have seen their habitat completely removed from the map. Obviously the Kurds are not going to rest until their Nation state comes into being. If that be so, how would the map of the Middle East look like later.

The British Indian Empire was similarly ‘arbitarily’ carved into separate Nation states and the squabble amongst them has still not ended except for the lives of thousands of citizens in those territories. It may be argued that it was done to create separate Nations for the Muslims and the Hundus. The irony is that there are more Muslims in Hindu India than in Pakistan. Perhaps all these acts were premeditated designs as a follow up of the Colonial ‘Divide and Rule’ policy and to keep the ‘cauldron’ boiling all the while.

Let us hope that Chirac may do something to get the European community to bring pressure on the US and the Middle East before he bids his final farewell to the ‘Homeless’ of France with whom the next President of France would have to wrestle.

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By Spinoza, January 5, 2007 at 8:47 pm Link to this comment
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Chirac is a bit of a hypocrite. He has been kissing Bush’s derriere for years.  Supported the overthrow of Aristede and has acted like a right wing prick all along including attacking Iran and Syria. Unfortunately we can’t count on France to advance the cause of peace.

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By Boggs, January 5, 2007 at 8:14 pm Link to this comment
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I was always certain that Chiroc would indeed get the last laugh.
I continued to eat my French fries and drink my
French Vino, knowing that the republicans would be in the end, the losers…..
They mocked and made fun of Veterans for not losing enough blood to earn a purple heart!
They mocked and made fun of the missing weapons of mass destruction, (nope, not under my desk!)
They made fun of France for refusing to take part in a fabricated cause and misleading our warriors into a chosen war with no true cause.
They have mocked and ridiculed the true patriots, the ones who refused to buy into their scheme for power and greed.
They mocked and tortured innocent prisoners who had been picked up simply because they were residents of a country we decided to invade.
Something tells me history won’t be good to this bunch of “Gangsters” that overtook Washington DC
for their 8 year reighn of terror.
Most of us are breathing much easier now…
Their truly is more to life then fear mongering.
Peace is better!

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By Quy Tran, January 5, 2007 at 7:45 pm Link to this comment
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Dear Mr. President,

Your blast is a little bit late but still better than nothing.

To those who play a role of Bush’s poodles just look at Mr. Chirac then try to be reborn a real human being. Living with a condition of half human and half animal for over 3 years should be enough.

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