Article copyMr. François Guillaumat sent me an article from Alain Madelin published last week in Le Figaro (not there anymore. But if you read French, it's here) where, among a lot of other relevant facts, Mr. Madelin is reminding us a blatancy, in a country and at a time when blatancy really needs to be reminded:
On the legal plan and under the terms of the resolution 1441 itself, despite what the public has been led to believe or some countries fake to believe, it's not the (UN weapons) inspectors' duty to prove that Iraq is rearming, it's Iraq's obligation to prove it is disarming.I'll second Mr. Madelin and stress another obviousness that should be easy to understand, even for the most dull-witted peace activist (not mentioning our educated "elite"):
The UN weapons inspectors are precisely called "inspectors". (Hey, I told you it would be easy to understand).
And not investigators.
This is taking a particular meaning today. For if I can remind another obviousness, it's not up to the US and the British governments to prove it either.
Consequently, it's not Colin Powell who should be addressing the UN Security Council today but Tarek Aziz who should be accounting for Iraq's armament.
Mr. Powell and the Administration he is part of have nothing to prove. They made the case; we're waiting for the Iraqi regime's explanations.
These of course never came and will never come. At least, not before a Ranger or a Special Forces operative grab the documents among the ruins of Saddam's palaces.
Finally, and since I really started to measure the damages caused by the French nomenklatura when reading this (thanks to Instapundit and Merde in France) I would like to quote another paragraph from Mr. Madelin's article:
Our (France's) place is on the side of America. Because of the ties that bound us of course. Because, in the decisive hours, this great people fought for our freedom. Because for 40 years, they risked nuclear suicide to protect Europe from an attack. Because in Kosovo recently, they helped us to reestablish peace and democracy.Thanks for reminding the obvious Mr. Madelin.
But more than all, because we stand for the same cause.
Our place is at America's side to free the Iraqi people and eradicate Saddam's menace. Not on the side of Saddam to stand in the Americans' way.
Well, I'll keep blogging, but I won't be posting.
A bit confusing, I know. Let me explain:
The dissident frogman got mail last week.
I'm receiving some regularly (and it's pleasant so keep 'em coming, please) yet this one is 'different'.
It's an unpleasant one, although not for the reason its sender would think.
I shall precise right now that it's very difficult to offend or insult the dissident frogman. First, because it's very difficult for offending mail to pass the dissident frogman's advanced antispam weapon system (I claim a 99.9% efficiency. I'm satisfied with my d***'s size, it's working well enough without Viagra and no, I don't care about those millions of US dollars waiting for my bank account number in Nigeria) but most of all, because the dissident frogman's armor of distrust, cynicism and contempt towards the people he opposes grew so thick and hard over the years that it's virtually unbreakable now.
No, this mail is unpleasant because of its implications.
I decided I'm not going to answer this person directly. I don't talk, exchange mail or debate with this kind of person. They're not worthy.
But, in the wake of this (the Arafat related post), I do think this mail should be revealed to my readers and I intend to write about it publicly.
I want to weight and pick up all my words carefully and that's why I'll be taking a few days.
For these are my weapons and this is a fight.
This mail, as far as I can tell, was sent to the dissident frogman by the founder of Mecca-cola, Tawfik Mathlouthi.
See you in a few days, stay tuned to radio dissident.