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Explosive Report: Jacques Chirac & Saddam Hussein Are Longtime Friends & Allies
Rush Limbaugh ^
| February 19, 2003
| Rush Limbaugh
Posted on 02/23/2003 10:54:21 PM PST by Republican_Strategist
On Tuesday night, I came across some explosive news about Jacques Chirac and Saddam Hussein on Stratfor.com. The news comes from the days when Chirac was mayor of Paris and the French premier, when he cultivated this outrageous personal relationship with Saddam Hussein. Three stories on this have come out, now. As the New York Times put it in 1986: "Chirac has said many times that he is a personal friend of Saddam Hussein."
It's almost as if someone is angry with Chirac, so they're releasing the truth about the French PM and the man in Baghdad he calls "my dear friend." It may well be one of these European countries that he scolded, insulted and threatened in his tantrum the other day. Bulgaria has compared France's "bully tactics" to those of the USSR. Chirac is acting irrationally, and there has to be more about this here than geopolitics or Bush hate.
These stories back up what I've been telling you lately: Chirac is blocking the liberation of Iraq because he doesn't want us to find out how much he personally - not France, but he - helped Hussein build WMDs. We already knew that they helped Saddam build that nuclear reactor which the Israelis took out in 1981. Now we have this letter from 1987, in which Chirac speaks in clouded language about helping Saddam rebuild that reactor and get weapons-grade uranium. You have to hear me read the details of all this in the audio link below.
There's More to It Than France Violating the Arms & Trade Embargos
Stratfor.com reports that what Chirac called his "close, personal relationship" with Saddam dates back to late 1974, when Chirac traveled to Baghdad and met the #2 man in Iraq: Vice President Hussein. During that visit, their main negotiation issue was Iraq's purchasing of nuclear reactors. In September 1975, Chirac personally took Saddam on a tour of a French nuclear plant. He expressed his desire to help Iraq with its nuclear program, and "the Iraqis bought a 70-megawatt reactor along with six charges of 26 points of uranium enriched to 93%." That's enough weapons-grade uranium to produce three to four nuclear devices.
Baghdad also purchased a one-megawatt "research reactor," and France agreed to train 600 Iraqi nuclear technicians and scientists. France also agreed to sell $1.5 billion worth of weapons to Iraq - for which they got a lucrative oil contract. In 1987, the Manchester Guardian Weekly quoted Chirac as saying that he was "truly fascinated" by Hussein.
This was Chirac's doing, on his own and separate from France's government. Former French President Valerie Giscard D'Estaing said exactly that in 1994. When President D'Estaing found out about this deal, he kyboshed it. In preparation for the 1988 presidential campaign, Chirac claimed he had nothing to do with that reactor destroyed in 1981. This gets Clintonesque! In August of 1987, French magazine Le Canard en Chain published excerpts of a letter from Chirac to Hussein. The magazine writes that the letter "speaks of the cooperation launched more than 12 years ago...for the sovereignty, independence and security of your country." This is amazing stuff - and it may just be the tip of the iceberg.
It's almost as though Iraq is France's #1 trading partner for oil and weapons. Chirac knows these Inspector Clouseaus will never uncover any evidence of his personal hand in arming Saddam, which is why he wants them given endless amounts of time. If Chirac was involved with that reactor and trying to get 93% enriched uranium to Saddam, then there's evidence to prove it, which we'll find if we invade. This is one of the things he's obviously trying to hide. The so-called idea that "it's just the French and they're pacifists" or trying to seek power at the EU may be true, but it doesn't explain this irrational behavior and the temper tantrums by Chirac - this news does.
TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chirac; france; saddam; traitors; waronterrorism
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French magazine Le Canard en Chain
Rush should check his sources.
It is le Canard Enchaine (the Chained Duck)
and it is not a magazine, but a weekly satirical newspaper
very ancient (dating back to post WWI)
which has been responsible for uncovering numerous scandals
and for 30 years has been on the tail of Chirac.
posted on 02/23/2003 11:01:01 PM PST
Oh, my. If we can document and prove all this following our attack, Chirac is finished. Of course, the French will go right back to their moral posturing after a "decent" interval of about a day.
posted on 02/23/2003 11:01:57 PM PST
I don't think Rush does his own research. I believe his staffers take care of that. If this is indeed a hoax, I suppose one of them may soon be an ex-staffer.
posted on 02/23/2003 11:03:28 PM PST
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If this is indeed a hoax, If this is indeed a hoax
It is not a hoax. But Rush got the name wrong.
He also read it incorrectly on the air.
I believe the name is reported correctly
in the original Stratfor.com article.
(BTW. It is very ironic that "Le Canard" is generally very leftist and almost certainly opposes Bush on Iraq.)
posted on 02/23/2003 11:07:25 PM PST
NO MORE WMDs FOR OIL
posted on 02/23/2003 11:15:53 PM PST
by Kay Soze
(F France and Germany- They are our enemies.)
To: seamole; Republican_Strategist; Bonaparte
As I mentioned earlier,
le Canard Enchaine has been responsible
for uncovering many, many scandals in French government.
(It works as follows.
When M. X wants to do in M. Y,
he slips a little information
or a confidential document
to le Canard)
The first (of many) Chirac scandals goes
back to the mid-70's
when it was discovered
that minister Chirac used government funds
to renovate his chateau.
From that point forwards
le Canard always referred to Chirac
as 'Chateau Chirac'.
posted on 02/23/2003 11:24:21 PM PST
Thanks, Allan. How I would love to see Chateau ChIRAQ driven from office in disgrace.
posted on 02/23/2003 11:29:39 PM PST
posted on 02/23/2003 11:31:25 PM PST
(Liberate Iraq - Support Our Troops)
Also, I wouldn't object too much if Russia came on board right after China. How does a Security Council
vote of 4-1 sound? -- in favor of us and isolating France. They can swallow their pride and vote with us, stand on what passes for "principle" with them and vote against us, or look like the back-benchers they are by abstaining.
Why dont I make this simple for: why doesnt the United states of America, which was founded as a constitutional republic, end its participation in the United Nations (which is joke) and undertake its own military action in its own interests and tell these other countries to shove their internationalist agendas where the sun dont shine.
Get Us Out
Saddam Hussein at a nuclear reactor in France in 1975. Jacques Chirac is at right in the glasses. Saddam wanted a nuclear reactor capable of producing plutonium for nuclear weapons. France supplied its Osiris reactor which was named Osirak (Osiris + Iraq). It was being erected when it was destroyed in a Sunday strike (June 7, 1981) by the Israelis, timed to save the lives of the French scientists helping with the construction. See Israeli tribute to the raid and to astronaut Ilan Ramon who took part.
posted on 02/23/2003 11:48:29 PM PST
Oh, you don't have to convince me, RS. I've been on board with UN withdrawal (and eviction from US soil) for awhile. But Bush hasn't said word one about leaving the UN. He and his people seem to believe that it's better, at least for now, to go through the motions with them -- and follow our own national interests regardless of any UN votes.
For a later read
posted on 02/24/2003 12:32:07 AM PST
(DC Chapter .. Patriots Rally for America IV .. on Saturday, March 1st)
posted on 02/24/2003 12:45:36 AM PST
No Hoax. I came last week in Sratfor's newsletter, but the Francophiles and the Socialists in this country just tut-tut it.
posted on 02/24/2003 3:54:49 AM PST
posted on 02/24/2003 6:09:11 AM PST
I'd like to know how many French, German, and Arab inspectors are on the UN team. I'd have to say that their failure to find anything so far could be intentional. I wouldn't trust that they could be impartial any more than we could be.
posted on 02/24/2003 7:08:22 AM PST
posted on 02/24/2003 10:29:04 AM PST
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