posted on Apr, 23 2003 @ 04:24 PM
the position of the French government towards the neo-colonial US effort in Iraq, is of course partly determined by financial and economic interests,
but what else could we have expected from a capitalist and proto-fascistoid regime like Mr. Chirac's (since they seized power a year ago, they
incarcerated as many as an incredible 20 000 from the most alienated and innocent French toilers, while French prisons had already been reporting an
alarming lack of space) ? i could carry on with the sombre history of French mercenary activity and fascist neo-colonial networks in martyred
workers-peasants continent of Africa, but that would be off-topic.
other factors are at stake as well : emergence of a common EU foreign and defence policy for instance. or internal French politics, such as the high
popularity of the government's foreign policy stance. perhaps even elements from French political culture. etc.
however, the idea that the French government is trying to hide "proof" of further past connections with Saddam's Iraq, appears like a highly
doubtful hypothesis imho. first of all, these connections have never been a secret to anyone. true French communists like Mr. Besancenot, were already
marching along with the innocent people of Kurdistan in the streets of Paris, demonstrating their opposition to Saddam's regime as well as all
Western governments (including the French), for their collaboration with the Ba'thist regime. during the Iran - Iraq war, before the invasion of
Kuwait, progressist forces were already aware of the situation. and fortunately, journalism in free Europe, despite many obstacles due to capitalism
and its superstructure of military dictatorship, has managed to maintain a sufficient degree of independence, so that any such link between French
governmental agencies and a given dictatorship abroad, would sooner or later be published, authentified and democratically discussed. something which
the innocent, hard-working and exploited peasants and subproletarians of the USA might soon not be able to benefit from anymore, since the regime of
Mr. Bush started its crackdown on freedom of thought and expression.
finally, German Tageszeitung has published a list of companies that dealt with Iraq's Saddam for the development of wmd. in Germany, Tageszeitung is
a well recognized source of serious journalistic information, not a propaganda organ. the list includes German, French, British and US companies.
the interesting question is neither about the quantity, nor the quality of military and diplomatic support by nearly the whole 'West' to Saddam
Hussein during 20 years : it is rather about the essence of this cooperation - what kind of actors were involved in these policies (for the record,
the Republican party, especially during the military reign of Mr. Reagan, was notorious for such businesses, see Irangate etc) ? what rationale led
them to do it ? in doing so, what were the priorities and linkages of their "interests" ?
most obviously, the USA have more to "hide" about their support of Saddam Hussein during more than 20 years, because it would contradict the
official justifications of their poorly legitimized military agression and occupation of Iraq. indeed, no other government than the USA was so
actively involved in the 1969 coup which brought the Ba'th party to power; the CIA handed over to the Ba'thists a list of 700 people to be instantly
eliminated so to ensure the stability of their regime.
i wonder, what would the US arms industries become after the total establishment of the pax americana ? is the pax americana, as advocated by the
military junta of Mrs. Rumsfeld, Bush, etc., an ultimately stable system, or does it permanently require enemies to attack, and wars between others to
sell arms to ?