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May 07, 2003

France: Ally to Axis of

France: Ally to Axis of Evil?

While watching Fox News Channel last night I heard the story suggesting the France may have issued visas to some of the former ruling party members of Iraq. In addition, there is evidence suggesting that they may have aided in some of these members fleeing Iraq and entering Europe. These alleged visas would allow these ruling party members to enter approximately 80 countries in Europe (I believe).

If this is true, and apparently there is good evidence suggesting that it is, what does this mean regarding how we will relate with France in the future? Previously, our attitude towards France was irritation, believing that they did not support our war due to objections directly related to the conflict. This information would suggest that they are far more than just objectors. So, what do we do?

France has been viewed as an ally for a number of years. This would appear to be in jeopardy of changing. We do not need allies who work behind our back to protect those whom we view as threatening to our safety. Bush has long said that those who would protect and harbor those who wish to do America harm will be seen as enemies and will be treated accordingly. That language is easy to throw around to countries who friendship we have traditionally not enjoyed, but how will this relate to a country who has been our “friend” for generations?

It will be interesting to hear the rhetoric that will be used during this latest issue. Will Bush continue to talk tough, or will the anger and threats be avoided because of our history with France? The whole situation is somewhat unbelievable. It adds credence to the statement, “With friends like these, who needs enemies?”

Perhaps the situation will end up making Bigwig looking like a prophet with his “First Iraq, then France” bumper stickers. While I realize this will not reach that point, if this is true France needs to suffer some consequences. Only time will tell what these may be, if anything.

The original story is found here.

More found here, link found by Bigwig.

Posted by Woundwort at May 7, 2003 02:50 PM | TrackBack
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