Now that communist Jacques Chirac is long gone and conservative Nicholas Sarkozy is in power in France, the French government is no longer treating US policy in Iraq like their personal toilet paper. In fact, Sarkozy’s government is offering to play a role in the War On Terror as, “an honest broker for peace” between the Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites, according to online reports.
Sarkozy’s French Foreign Minister, Bernard Kouchner, recently said, “I believe this is the moment. Everyone knows the Americans will not be able to get this country out of difficulty alone. I really believe that depending on what happens here it will change the world. This is about having an opinion and knowing what positive things one can do and what role France can play in this region,” he said, adding that Iraq was “expecting something” from France, according to a report in the International Herald-Tribune.
Both the right and left press in France seem to approve of the new direction, according to the IHT report.
“France owed it to itself to return to Iraq,” conservative newspaper Le Figaro said in an editorial Tuesday. “You can shut yourself off for four years in the conviction to have been right but that doesn’t increase the role our country plays on the international scene.”
Left-leaning Le Monde added, “It’s time to stop lecturing the Americans about their errors and start contributing to a solution.”
See? There are some leaders in France worth listening to. Now watch Michael Moore make newly anti-Chirac France the target of his next propaganda piece. That’d at least be more stimulating than Sicko, his essay on pulse oximeter devices or something… no one saw it, or remembers.