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January 24, 2003

HOLD THE PRESSES

someone -
Tacitus - makes a valid point regarding France.
"France has confirmed that it is inviting Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe to take part in a meeting of African leaders next month.
Mr Mugabe is currently banned from entering the European Union because of doubts about the legitimacy of his re-election last year.
But French Foreign Ministry spokesman Francois Rivasseau said he was being invited in order to discuss human rights and democracy."

....As relations between the UK and Zimbabwe have deteriorated, France has been moving closer to Mr Mugabe's government. Let me see if I understand this clearly. On Iraq, France cannot conceive of any legitimate action outside the United Nations. On Zimbabwe, France does not mind bucking its own cherished European Union. Are they multilateralists? Unilateralists? I wish I could find a common rational thread to make sense of French policy. Alas that the only one that makes any sense is a willingness to defend tyrants.


Tip of the hat. I like a site that makes me think. Of course, this guys - seems to be at first glance - a non-supporter of both sides.