Nidra shares this pearl from that dhimmi Chirac. Was he trying to imitate Bush's open mike back at the G8 summit? Bush came off tough-- the quintessential leader of the free world. Chirac comes off as the really big pussy that he is.
CHIRAC CAUGHT BY AN OPEN MIKE
Nidra Poller Paris
11 September 2006
The scene was broadcast on last night’s primetime news: On the margins of the Helsinki meeting of European leaders, Jacques Chirac was caught with an open mike, speaking confidentially to Spanish PM Zapatero. Chirac thanks Zapatero for his contribution to UNIFIL and says it’s very important to have Muslim troops, particularly from Asia. Zapatero listens, doesn’t say anything, not even with a nod of the head. Then Chirac goes on to express his concern for the troops’ safety. He says that the first four or five months should be all right, because Hizbullah is “a bit” weakened. He repeats “un peu, a bit,” but it looks more like “not much.” After the first five months, he says, problems might arise. It depends a lot on what happens in the talks with Iran.” Note that Chirac has already announced that he will review, six months from now, his decisions to commit troops to UNIFIL.
Was this ad lib conversation picked up accidentally on purpose? The cameras rolled, the mike remained open, and the whole scene was broadcast. If the government has effective control on the media, either it has no objection, or heads will roll. Or else it means the government has only partial control of the media.
The funny thing is that Chirac caught off guard comes off even more artificial than Chirac the orator. Speaking in a half-whisper, his hands hanging at his sides, except to emphasize the double “un peu” with a flat of the hand that looks like it might be patting down a lump of dough, slightly leaning to bring his tall frame within ear reach of his smaller colleague, Chirac looks like he is playing a role in a docufiction. Fake real, real fake, or real real, the message comes across: European leaders are toying with our future. They strut around making extravagant claims for their finesse diplomacy. They trash George Bush and his administration, branded with the dirty word “war,” they muscle in and say “let me handle this.” And when, by hook and crook, they get a place on the first team they turn into desperate housewives.
Yes, that’s the image I was looking for. The conversation looked like a chat between two middle-aged women at the hairdressers, under those old fashioned dryers.
“I don’t know, he said I should do it in strawberry blond this time and before I knew what I was saying I said ‘ok Michael, go ahead’ and now it’s done, I’m not so sure, I don’t think George is going to like this, but what can I do, I can’t afford to have it done again for four or five months, well, we’ll see.”
UPDATE: Speaking of France. Score one for the good guys. Richard Landes over in France testifying at the Al Durah trials writes;
Great day! The decision of the judges is oct 19, but the procureur (an impartial court advisor) came down entirely on Philip's side and recommended dropping charges. Wonderful.
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