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    This was sent to me this afternoon and I found it to be a fascinating read so I tought that some of you may enjoy reading it as well.

    French President Jacques Chirac's special relationship with Saddam Hussein
    goes back almost 30 years. As the French Foreign Minister in 1974, Chirac
    was instrumental in boosting France's diplomatic and economic ties with
    oil-rich Iraq. Chirac called Saddam Hussein "a personal friend" after Chirac
    and Hussein finalized the agreement for the construction of a French-built
    nuclear reactor near Baghdad; the reactor that was later bombed by Israel.

    Chirac's long-standing relationship with Saddam Hussein and France's vast
    financial interests with the current Iraqi Government goes a long way in
    explaining France's seemingly inexplicable passion to keep Saddam Hussein in

    France has historically been Iraq's best friend in the West. The
    French-Iraqi connection started shortly after France pulled out of NATO in

    Prior to the Arab-Israeli war of 1967, France was the chief supplier of
    military equipment to Israel. In fact, France helped Israel build its
    nuclear reactor at Dimona, supplied Israel with enriched uranium, and
    actively helped Israel develop nuclear weapons.

    In the days leading up to the Arab-Israeli War, France abandoned Israel and
    threw its hat in with the Arabs nations. De Gaulle doubted the Israeli's
    could defeat the combined Arab nations and saw the coming war as an
    opportunity to extend French influence and cultivate relationships with the
    oil-rich Arab nations.

    By the end of the 1970s France was second only to the Soviet Union as a
    supplier of both military and civilian equipment to the Iraqis. The trend
    continued throughout the 1980s. France strongly backed Iraq during its war
    with Iran. Unlike other western governments who gave minimal help to Iraq
    hoping to stave off an Iraqi defeat and maintain the status quo; France
    supplied Iraq with Mirage Fighters, Super Etendard aircraft with Exocet
    missiles, and sophisticated munitions.

    The Gulf War of 1991 provided little more than a hiccup in French-Iraqi
    relations. By 1994, France was calling for a loosening of UN sanctions and
    along with Russia attempting to short-circuit UNSCOM at every step. France
    pushed to allow Iraq to sell more oil. When the U.S. and Britain demanded
    tough controls to ensure the increased oil revenues would not be used to buy
    arms, the French objected saying such controls would undermine Iraqi
    sovereignty. From 1997 on, France fought to get the UN sanctions lifted

    Last May, under intense pressure from France and Russia, the UN loosened
    restrictions on high-tech equipment, enabling Iraq to obtain a broad range
    of equipment with potential military applications; ranging from agricultural
    sprayers that can be used to disperse chemical and biological weapons to
    neutron generators that can be used as crude nuclear triggers and are
    compatible with a known Iraqi design for a gun-implosion type nuclear

    Hundreds of French firms do business with Iraq. France sold $1.5 billion
    worth of goods to Iraq last year under the oil-for-food program; the most of
    any nation. French giants Alcatel and Renault do a booming business in Iraq,
    and French oil firms hold contracts with Saddam Hussein's government
    estimated at over $60 billion for oil exploration and development; oil
    contracts that cannot be worked until UN sanctions are lifted.

    In light of France's financial interests and longstanding ties to Saddam
    Hussein's Iraq, its hardly surprising that France opposes military action to
    depose Saddam Hussein. A new Iraqi government might not be inclined to honor
    oil contracts with Saddam's old buddies.

    And then again, as one U.S. intelligence expert somewhat facetiously put it,
    "France will jump on board with the U.S. the minute their agents in Baghdad
    get done shredding all evidence of their illicit arms sales to Iraq."

    Any thoughts?

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    i don't think the french are any dirtier or better than us on the topic of iraq. we've both been wading in the shit.

    saying the french have something to lose is the flip side of saying america has something to gain, such as ari fleischer's comment on making iraq pay for the war (shades of versaille anyone?) and that's not even getting into fine upstanding american businessmen, like dick cheney, who've done recent business with saddam.

    i don't think any of this invalidates the idea that war with iraq should not be a high priority for us. it will lead to more terrorism, not curb it. it will lead to more nation building, something we've shown no will or aptitude for lately. and it distracts military, intelligence and economic resources from other hot spots where they are sorely needed. iraq, despite saddam's criminal regime, is not the greatest threat to us now. our administration is feeding us and the world a lot of bullshit. it makes america look bad.

    oh, and swage already beat you to this topic, but his thread dropped like a rock.

    [ February 25, 2003, 01:56 PM: Message edited by: Ikeda ]

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    This was in the other Chirac thread. The last line is hilarious though
    The trashman was my hero.......

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    damn it chewie, you gotta shrink those pictures down from billboard size! you're blocking out the sun

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    [ February 25, 2003, 02:27 PM: Message edited by: Ikeda ]



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