Article copyYesterday was Wednesday. On Wednesday, the French National Assembly congregates and talk.
In other places, other people are talking too.
A French Prime minister:
The use of force is not justified in the current circumstances because there is a credible and efficient alternative to war: disarming Iraq with inspections.A taxi driver from Kerbala:
Only those who get money from Saddam will fight the Americans - the members of the government, the Baath Party and the intelligence - and that's not a lot of people. We've had him since 1979 and we're sick of him.The president of UMP (
There is an alternative to war.Zaid, a 26 years old Iraqi who did not want his full name to be used for fear of reprisals when he returns:
If the Americans try to reach Baghdad, all the people will come out on the streets to join them. What we don't want is for them to stop in the middle, so that the government can kill us again.A French UDF representative (centrists):
(France) should repeat firmly its will to stand out of a military intervention.An unemployed 23 year old Iraqi from Basra:
We want the Americans to come, and if they come tomorrow it will not be too soon.The president of the French Communists:
(we plead for) a peremptory no to war.Aqil, a tailor from the southern town of Najaf:
There are reports on the television that all the people of Iraq support Saddam, that they don't want war. It just isn't true. If you don't go outside and demonstrate, the intelligence (agents) will come and ask you why you didn't go.The president of the French Socialists:
To veto is first of all to say "no" to preventive war. It's the mean given to France to refuse to hand over a legal cover to an illegitimate military intervention. It's denying the flag of the UN to a cause that is not the world's but the one of the Bush administration.Ismail Khalil Ibrahim:
The people of Iraq want war tomorrow. Ask any Iraqi, are you ready to take a gun and fight with the American soldiers, and he will say, yes, we will go in front of the American soldiers to Baghdad.The president of the French Communists insists:
(Communists) request, if needed, a French veto to any action (that would justify) this unjustifiable war.So does Aqil:
We will be angry with America if they don't come to remove Saddam Hussein. They could have removed him before, and all the Iraqi people were behind the Americans, but they didn't do it. This time, we pray that they will.Maybe Wormsey should tell Aqil to "shut up" as well.
Okay, don't worry Wormsey, I'll do it:
Please Aqil, could you have the decency to bite the dust silently and stop spoiling the wonderful and so rare unity of the whole French political spectrum?