Wednesday, March 26, 2003
The French are at it again
France Seeks Big Role in Post-War Iraq

Is this article a joke? I'll pull some quotes, for your convenience (this is pretty much the entire article):

PARIS - Worried it could be shut out of business deals in postwar Iraq, France is drawing up plans to win French companies access to lucrative oil and reconstruction contracts, officials said Tuesday.

The government is determined that French companies will be part of rebuilding Iraq, despite President Jacques Chirac's vigorous opposition to the war, a Finance Ministry official said.

Gilles Munier, an executive board member of the French-Iraq Association for Economic Cooperation, said business leaders and government representatives were studying how to gain a foothold in postwar Iraq.

(emphasis mine)

Perhaps y'all should have thought about this before stabbing the US in the back for the past 6 months. So they didn't want to piss off any of their resident militant Moslems, they didn't want to break any kind of sweat in getting Saddam out, they want to protect their interests in Iraq, they probably have put our troops at risk, and now they want us to dole out the economic rewards of rebuilding the country?

Some French are concerned that a U.S.-led administration in Iraq will favor companies from the United States and other pro-war countries while penalizing companies from France and other war opponents.

Uh, can you blame us? We pay the price with our true allies of disarming Iraq, in the form of our fallen troops (not to mention the economic price, something the area of US $70B for the first six months alone), and now you expect us to say "okay, water under the bridge.... come on in and take your big, fat slice of the pie!"? Get real!!

Officials in Paris say French firms' experience in working in Iraq would be an advantage.

French companies — many with ties to Baghdad stretching back decades — have established themselves as the largest suppliers of goods to Iraq since a U.N. trade embargo was partially lifted in 1996.

Right here you have French motivation in a nutshell. In a free Iraq, they will lose one of their biggest customers. There isn't much else to say about this.

French oil giant TotalFinaElf probably has the biggest stake. It spent six years in the 1990s doing preparatory work on two giant oil fields and has signed two tentative agreements with Saddam to develop them.

If only the pesky US would leave Saddam alone, and the impotent UN would lift those annoying sanctions.

When you deal with the devil....

Munier said he believes American companies will have difficulties in Iraq because of widespread anger against the U.S.-led bombing campaign.

"I don't see how American executives can work when their lives will be at risk," he said. "There will be such hatred toward Americans."

Munier criticized French companies for negotiating with American companies for a piece of their businesses in Iraq, saying that such "collaboration" would damage the image of French business among Iraqis.

BAAA HA HA HA HA HA HA!! Dammit, don't you stupid French companies understand that others will love you only when you "collaborate" with Saddam? How DARE you "collaborate" with the Great Satan, USA! Our REPUTATION is at stake! Merde, alors!

Obviously they give no thought to the fact that perhaps Iraqis will be happy to be free. Perhaps the Iraqis will actually want to work for the companies that are rebuilding. Maybe the Iraqis will appreciate our efforts in re-building. If I were French, I wouldn't step foot in Iraq. I can't imagine that they are very happy with their shenanigans in the UNSC... at least the Iraqi exiles who are free to speak aren't happy with them.

France opposes any U.S. reconstruction plan that would sideline United Nations development agencies, multilateral organizations and non-governmental aid groups.

Chirac has warned that France would vote against any U.N. Security Council resolution that would give "the American and British belligerents the right to administer Iraq."

There they go again, wielding the only "power" they think they have: the famous V E T O.

Dear Mr. ChIraq,
I understand your utter feeling of idiocy right now. You put yourself into a corner by spewing your venom at the United States. As you can see, we are shivering in our boots. Our troops are especially afraid of your chocolate sword.

If you think that the United States, Britain, and our other true allies (40+ nations, at last count) shouldn't have the "right" to administer the nation that we "unilaterally" freed, well, how should I put this....

You can kiss my belligerant, American arse.

Bisou, bisou,

An American.

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