Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Tuesday, March 04, 2003

Are the French now surrendering on the veto?

France has all but ruled out using its veto in the U.N. Security Council to block a U.S.-backed resolution paving the way for war on Iraq (news - web sites), a weekly newspaper reported in its Wednesday edition.

Le Canard enchaine quoted President Jacques Chirac as telling a small private gathering on Feb. 26 that a veto would be pointless because it would not stop U.S. President George W. Bush (news - web sites) from launching military action.

"France is doing everything it can, but the problem is that it is impossible to stop Bush from pursuing his logic of war to the end," Chirac was quoted as saying by Le Canard, a satirical newspaper that is known to have well-informed sources.

Le Canard also quoted Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin as privately telling a group of conservative lawmakers on Feb. 25 that "using the right of veto would be shooting the Americans in the back."

I love this rationale, though.

French officials say that talk of a veto is premature because Washington currently lacks the necessary support in the Security Council to pass a new resolution.

A French diplomatic source said Tuesday France believes it has 10, perhaps 11, nations on its side — more than enough negative votes to block a second resolution. The source asked not to be further identified.

So, apparently a knnife in the back is fine but, a bullet is unacceptable?

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