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February 19, 2003
PARIS CORRESPONDENT NELSON ASCHER EMAILS:
Even the leftist Libération's editorial is criticizing Chirac today. Here's the link and my translation of the first paragraph.
Who has just missed an opportunity to shut up? Answer: Jacques Chirac, who rebuked Monday evening the governments of the countries about to adhere to the European Union because of their instinctive backing of George W Bush's warmongering . Scolding publicly their standpoint, Chirac repeated the American leaders's mistake when they picked at "old Europe" and asked their partners to be either "with or against them " when attacking Iraq. Arrogance is never a good policy. The worst is that this does not seem to be a slip of the tongue, since Michele Alliot-Marie, turning herself into a Jeanne d' Arc, threatened to expel the pro-Americans from the sacred lands of the EU through the non-ratification of the Adherence Treaties , while Villepin opened fire talking about "bad manners".
It's a coordinated effort at self-destruction. And it's working!