Tuesday, November 23, 2004

They are not our ally, they are truly our enemy

I know, your initial reaction is "yawn, what else is new?" But, just when you think that the French have sunk to a new low, they excavate a new moral sub-basement in which to dwell.

This rather lengthy and authoritative piece is fully footnoted, and it clearly shows that the French are not only not with us, they are actively against us. Their smarmy, duplicitous nature has now fully bloomed, thus clearly illustrating President Bush's assertion that "you are either with us, or you are with the terrorists". The French have overtly cast their lot with the terrorists.

The perfidious French are keeping with their national character (or lack thereof) by actively supporting the idea that the Ba'th party should have a voice in the new govenment in Iraq. To this end, they have given refuge (and more than likely financial asistance) to Ba'thists in France. An excerpt:

With the defeat of the Saddam Hussein regime on April 9, 2003, the Ba'th ruling party was outlawed and a committee for the de-Ba'thification of Iraq was established. [1] However, the Ba'th's propaganda machine appears to have found a new abode in Paris, France, whence threats to the U.S. are issued regularly in three languages - English, French, and Spanish. Not surprisingly, the Ba'thist propagandists use the word "resistance" (in French, "la resistance") to underscore the association with the struggle against the Nazi occupation of France during WWII.

The resurrection of the Ba'th Party on French soil was further strengthened by France's proposal that representatives of "la resistance" should participate in any future conference that will be convened to discuss the future of Iraq. This position was clearly stated by Michel Barnier, the French Foreign Minister, in an interview with the French TV station " France Inter." In the interview, Mr. Barnier called for a political process in Iraq that would include "a number of groups and people who have today opted for the path of resistance through the use of weapons." [2]

The National Council for the Iraqi Resistance, also referred to as the United Council for the Iraqi Resistance, was born in June 2003, comprising Ba'th activists (referred to as militants), remnants of the Iraqi army and Republican Guard, and what are described as "heroes of the national security apparatus."

The membership of the leadership of the Council remains secret, although in an interview with the former Iraqi Vice President, Izzat Ibrahim Al-Duri, he was identified as the leader of the resistance. A press release identifies the forces operating under the umbrella of the Ba'thist Resistance. They include:
- The Ba'thist Socialist Arab Party of Iraq (as a clandestine organization)
- The [Iraqi] "Resistance and Liberation" movement
- The Unified Council of Iraqi Resistance
- Many military forces like the "Fedayyoun of Saddam" and the "Second Army of Mohammad"

Yes, France has allied itself with the very people who are killing American soldiers, sawing off heads and mutilating bodies in Iraq. How else would one define "enemy"?

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