De Villepin refuses to answer which side he's on

Posted by Dan on Mar 27, 2003 @ 5:57 PM

French foreign minister Dominique de Villepin gave a talk at London's International Institute for Strategic Studies in his first visit to Britain since the outbreak of war.

During a question and answer session at the end of his speech he refused to answer the question: "Who do you want to win the war?"

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  • The following is from the March 24th
    issue of Newsweek:

    "France and Russia have a long history
    of trying to weaken the containment of
    Iraq to ensure that they can have good
    trading relations with it. France,
    after all, helped Saddam Hussein build
    a nuclear reactor that was obviously a
    launching pad for a weapons program.
    (Why would the world's second largest
    oil producer need a nuclear power
    plant?) And France's Gaullist
    tendencies are, of course, simply its
    own version of unilateralism"
  • From all the reports I've seen, France
    is also already trying to set
    themselves up to try to be one of the
    primary rebuilders after the war.

    While the main point is to help the
    Iraqi people and get them up and
    running ASAP, I really don't want to
    see countries like France come in and
    make a profit off the situation.

    The countries in the Coalition using
    their own monies to help liberate the
    Iraqi people should have priority in
    the rebuilding process. Granted, it's
    a delicate situation because this war
    isn't, and shouldn't be interpretted
    as, a way to make money, but if a
    country supplying money to help
    liberate a people, they should have
    the option to try to recoup the monies
  • I agree 100%

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