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Posted on Sep 16, 2007
Bernard Kouchner
news.bbc.co.uk

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner does some saber rattling.

France’s foreign minister has issued an alarming warning over Iran’s nuclear program: “We have to prepare for the worst, and the worst is war,” Bernard Kouchner said. Those are troubling words coming from a recently elected conservative French government that has tried to buddy up to the White House. It makes us wonder what he knows that we don’t.


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French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner says the world should prepare for war over Iran’s nuclear programme.

“We have to prepare for the worst, and the worst is war,” Mr Kouchner said in an interview on French TV and radio.

Mr Kouchner said negotiations with Iran should continue “right to the end”, but an Iranian nuclear weapon would pose “a real danger for the whole world”.

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By bert, September 19, 2007 at 4:42 am Link to this comment
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Yes, Kouchner was what one call a “humanist” in the past, but we’ve got to face today’s Mr Kouchner…

At the beginning of the 2000s, he gave a report trying to absolve “total” (oil group) for crimes committed by the Myanmar junta. Total is well known to use workforce kindly proposed by the junta in this country, needless to say how the workforce is recruited, and fed…Mr Kouchner used a report made by the “international crisis group”, where his wife (a french well known journalist) is working, along with another french politician, Simone Veil…The son of Mrs Veil is the main Total lawyer…

In 2003, Mr Kouchner was for the war against Iraq, and since then try to find reasons to explain such a position.

in 2007, he betrayed his own politic family and valors, in order to obtain the foreign ministry.

The gvt he is in, is the most conservative gvt France never had, but without the independance clearly defended by De Gaulle, decades ago. The uses and habits of this gvt are the same as the actual US gvt, deception, lies, hidden policies, police harassment against dissent.

It is then difficult to say that France should have any reason to be able to have a just and objective view in the Iran affair.

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By purplewolf, September 18, 2007 at 11:47 am Link to this comment

Barrie: Yes,this administration is totally brainless,I knew that before the 2000 election.

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By beeboo, September 18, 2007 at 7:14 am Link to this comment
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I live in Paris.
I agree with the idea that those comments are ludicrous.
However the main problem is not those comments…

We hear here and there that France is the country of “freedom, tolerance and human rights”.

Well I have to tell you the truth.

France might be the most racist and segregated country to live in. Politicians (especially Sarkozy) refer to Black people or other ethnics as “uneducated savages” who are destroying the “greatness” of France. One time I was in the subway and a french lady said to a black business man those words (without any reason execpt that the subway car was crowded): “Get out from here, what do you think this is?Africa?”(just so you know he entered the subway car along with other people but he was the only one singleded out). The man did not answer and was looking down.

You know why he did not answer a word?

Because in France you cannot answer those insults and you could go to jail if you do. The french people around were laughing…

It is not rare to hear here and there on TV people speaking refering ethnic people as “apes”, “monkeys who can’t behave”.

If you’re french from ethnic descent, even if you have a Phd you can’t find a job. Best case scenario you could earn some euros working at MacDonald or delivering Pizzas.I remember this poor guy from Africa who had to work as a trash collector for 2 years even though he had a Phd in Political science…

Bottom line ,never trust a snail-eater.

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By Barrie Machin, September 18, 2007 at 2:59 am Link to this comment
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Bush now has his own French Poodle.
The plan is to nuke the Iran facilties with bunker bisters:
Brilliant is it not? It opens up a third front when the other two wars are failing miserably. It will lead inexorably to   a catastrophic explosion of violence and general conflagration in the Middle East.  It will probably lead to a compete freeze on oil exports and a depression in the US.
It will legitimise the use of Nuclear weapons against the US by its enemies. It will confirm all the worst opinions other Nations have of the US.
It will lead to a complete breakdown of the NPT and trigger off a worsening global arms race and cold war. Currently the US is in breach of the NPT see ‘People Against the Bomb’ on Google Video, and the report on weapons of mass destruction: http://www.wmdcommission.org/
It will be the third time the US has dropped WMD making it the only nation to commit this horrific crime thrice.
Iran has declared it want peace.
These threats only make their need to manufacture nuclear weapons more likely/ The antiwar movement must unite, see http://www.peacesource.net
Is this administration totally brainless?
US voters 66% of whom do not want WMD should demand that their Presidential candidates demand ‘No First use’ and make the NPT a major issue.  Nuclear Winter is not the answer to global warming.

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By Lou, September 18, 2007 at 12:06 am Link to this comment
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I am rather surprised at the number of ludicrous comments I’ve just read here.
Facts check :

1) Kouchner is a member of the French socialist party. He’s not a yearly offspring. Been in politics for decades (held several high-level positions under Mitterrand).
He’s also a long-time humanist who created Doctors without Borders in the late 70s.
2) If the US say we need a war, nobody believes them. But if France says it, I’m willing to listen more carefully. Definitely, the threat must be greater than the media has portrayed.
3) Can’t compare Iraq and Iran situations. Saddam was a marginal without ANY weapon. Iran is very much determined to get their nuclear bombs. That’s grounds for war.
4) Can’t compare Kouchner and Blair. The former is a confirmed socialist free-thinker, the latter a nobody brown-nosing Bush in all circumstances.

If France says it, I’m believing it. This is true in the majority of the World today. The US and UK on the other hand have lost credibility totally when it comes to war in the Middle East.

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By lou, September 17, 2007 at 8:56 pm Link to this comment
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France putting on warpaint is a little like France getting ready for a cat fight, right?

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By purplewolf, September 17, 2007 at 7:26 pm Link to this comment

he looks more like a rottweiler to me

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By QuyTran, September 17, 2007 at 6:27 pm Link to this comment

Tony “poodle” Blair is looking better than this pitbull.

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By John Borowski, September 17, 2007 at 1:56 pm Link to this comment
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Jeanine Molloff: #100849 You and I know that the Democratic majority is a farce. They are a castrated party perpetrated by the Republicans (Aka Conservatives right-wingers)with little power to guide the course of this nation. The Republicans (Aka Conservatives right-wingers) are in total dictatorial power. These Republicans (Aka Conservative right-wingers) have put the economy and well-being of this country in intensive care.

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By Tim, September 17, 2007 at 1:28 pm Link to this comment
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This was a shock to hear, coming from Kouchner, an MD and co-founder of Doctors Without Borders.  From my memory he was always a strident critic of US foreign policy and the rationale of his invocation of the “Droit Ingérence” has uniquely been humanitarian (e.g Biafra, Rwanda), and not geo-strategic.  Unless I missed something, to refer to this Socialist as a neo-conservative is to not understand him or his politics at all.  This said, his statements perplex nevertheless.

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By thomas billis, September 17, 2007 at 12:31 pm Link to this comment
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Everytime a world leader meets with our moron they catch morons disease.If you want to unite a country behind whoever threaten it with war.You either go to war or you do not.To threaten war while you are trying to encourage moderate elements in Iranian society is the thing that morons are made of.One can only imagine what our moron promised the French moron.Ah it does my heart good to see the French suffer under a moron as we have.Liberty Equality and Moronity.

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By purplewolf, September 17, 2007 at 10:27 am Link to this comment

If the psychopath in the white house wants to go to war with Iran,as he has already planned,congress needs to stand up and demand that Bu$h be immediately called back into active duty and serve this time, just like our REAL SOLDIERS,also enlist the twins-no excuse that they are females as we have female soldiers now- and put them in the front lines of his next war.Period. No way to sneak out and not fulfill his duty to the country he abandoned once he got into office in 2000.Congress needs to cut off ALL MONIES for his wars all over the world.

Then if he still continues in his Iran plan,will be ordered to finance all new Iran war costs out of all the Bu$h/Cheney monies and not be allowed to borrow from any other country in the world and put the American taxpayers into further debt over his insanity over ruling the world and all the oil.

Impeach Cheney, there is still time to do this.

Then if this wannabe warrior still insists on going forth into an Iranian war,he needs to be declared mentally incompetent by a judge and put into treatment as this definitely proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the president is totally insane and unable to fulfill his role as president in a safe and sane manner.There is more than enough proof to declare him a danger to society and other people, as for being a danger to himself, we wish.

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By weather, September 17, 2007 at 9:32 am Link to this comment

Howard prick yourself - you’re in full flight from reality.

Little ole Israel is their own worst enemy.
No friends just resentments, acrimony, distrust and hate. Good job and just think Howard they’ve no one to thank but themselves - you must be proud?

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By dsmith, September 17, 2007 at 9:23 am Link to this comment
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Kouchner is the French equivilant of Richard Perle or Joe Lieberman. I wouldn’t put much stock in what he has to say about Iran. He is another blood thirsty neocon who wants to bomb a soverign country under the tried and true formula of pretending they are trying to aquire WMDs.

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By Howard, September 17, 2007 at 8:48 am Link to this comment

Another nice article…..and pundits here AGAIN bring in Israel’s influence on countries. Now France??? Goodness gracious !!!!
  Let us worry about the militant dangerous leaders in Iran.  As article talks about. But to bring in Israel on this article shows the delusion of the dangerous islamic militants here. And their fixation on little Israel.  Give the rest of us a respite from such utter nonsense, eh?

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By Jeanine Molloff, September 17, 2007 at 8:40 am Link to this comment
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The facts are simply this; Shrub CANNOT just decide to attack Iran or any other country unilaterally.  The President NEVER had the power to declare war as Commander-In-Chief; Congress reserves that right.  The Dems cannot hide behind the “we don’t have the 60 vote veto proof majority, so we can’t stop him,” bromide, as all that is needed to stop Shrub is a simple 51 vote majority in the Senate, and a simple majority in the House.  THAT’S THE LAW.  HOLD THE DEMS ACCOUNTABLE AND MAKE SURE THEY DON’T GIVE ‘W’ THE GO AHEAD ON IRAN. 

Jeanine Molloff

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By Matt Rogers, September 17, 2007 at 8:37 am Link to this comment
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Yes Charles we must destroy the world in order to save it, you are a genuis.

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By kevin99999, September 17, 2007 at 8:03 am Link to this comment
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It seems that conservative elite every where use war a means of consolidating their economic and political power.

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By John Borowski, September 17, 2007 at 4:07 am Link to this comment
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In the old days, the British and French had cannon and the little guys had only spears. The little guys now want cannon also. This will never do, how can we steal their stuff if they have cannon.

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By michael krug, September 17, 2007 at 12:27 am Link to this comment
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The inexorable slide to an attack on Iran continues. We are on a hair-trigger at the moment. Unfortunately, in reality, there’s precious little that can be done to stop it, short of removing Bush from office, and how likely is that to happen? I think Bush has made the decision to attack Iran. The only question is when, how and what the excuse will be. It’s a ghastly situation. All that remains is for Bush to give the order to attack and there is nothing Iran or any of us can do to stop him in time. It’s a terrible and pessimistic thought, however that is the reality of the current situation. Bush can launch an attack on Iran at a few days notice if he chooses and there is no way, in that time frame, to stop him. This gives him enormous power and he knows it. He gambled in Iraq and lost. Now he’s getting ready to double his bet once more. The stakes are really high. The future of the Middle East and the vast oil wealth underneath the desert sand. Given that war is coming, and it cannot be stopped, short of a popular insurrection in the United States, for that’s what I believe it would take, a return to the massive street demonstrations of the sixties, and dancing and fighting in the streets; the great question is; what will the world look like after the coming attack on Iran?

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By farmertx, September 16, 2007 at 11:54 pm Link to this comment

It is difficult to imagine a French politician falling for Shrubs’ war rhetoric.
France has at times seen the need to use their military forces, although many would say that the French Army is much better at parades than fighting battles.
From what little I know of Iran, their citizens don’t really embrace their leader, something we have in common.
I do know that the secular leadership of Iran has always been anti-American. And the current head man bears a striking resemblance to one of the guys involved in holding the American Embassey hostages, despite what the CIA says.
Too bad one of those drones couldn’t target the leaders who spout anti-American tirades for a ‘smart bomb’. Then Condi could pass the word that any more threats would get the same response.
But, that would deprive Shrub of starting a new war in order to pacify the Mideast.

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By Charles, September 16, 2007 at 7:44 pm Link to this comment
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Hardly. France is simply stating the obvious. We need to be prepared for all outcomes. and the fact is War is a possible outcome for all diplomatic crisises.

in the end we have to accept either attacking Iran, or letting the Mahdists in the supreme council for the islamic revolution getting ahold of the power to destroy the world.

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By QuyTran, September 16, 2007 at 6:52 pm Link to this comment

One of Bush’s hunting dog starts barking for his boss. Tony Blair had been replaced with the worst !

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