Monday, September 27, 2004

Allies by treaty only 

From the International Herald-Tribune:
France said Monday that it would take part in a proposed international conference on Iraq only if the agenda included a possible U.S. troop withdrawal, thus complicating the planning for a meeting that has drawn mixed reactions.

Paris also wants representatives of Iraq's insurgent groups to be invited to a conference in October or November, a call that would seem difficult for the Bush administration to accept.

This is the equivalent of diplomatic recognition of the terrorists who are killing American soldiers and murdering innocent Iraqis, all to prevent representative government in Iraq. The French have gratuitously dignified and emboldened our enemies, and can no longer be considered allies of the United States.

I wonder if anybody in the national press corps will think to ask John Kerry whether he supports the French decision to condition participation in the international conference on Iraq on the legitimization of the decapitators and suicide bombers who are trying to destroy its prospects for representative government. Does he consider this the act of a "friend and ally," or is there some new reason why we should blame the Bush Administration?


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