January 19, 2006
That's Mister Surrender Monkey to You, Bub

Maybe we'll have to start calling them "nuclear fries:"

France said on Thursday it would be ready to use nuclear weapons against any state that carried out a terrorist attack against it, reaffirming the need for its nuclear deterrent.

Deflecting criticism of France's costly nuclear arms program, President Jacques Chirac said security came at a price and France must be able to hit back hard at a hostile state's centers of power and its "capacity to act."

He said there was no change in France's overall policy, which rules out the use of nuclear weapons in a military conflict. But his speech pointed to a change of emphasis to underline the growing threat France perceives from terrorism.

Scoff if you will, but France definitely has a history of bitch-slapping third-world nations and NGOs who push them around long enough and hard enough (c.f. Vietnam, Algeria, Greenpeace, &c.) If the turban twirlers managed to blow up Notre Dame or pulled of something equally spectacular, I wouldn't put it past them to glassify a country or two in response.

Via Clayton Cramer (through Instapundit).

Posted by scott at January 19, 2006 02:56 PM

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The key difference between them doing it and us doing it is they'd be justified, whereas we're imperialist dogs, no?

Posted by: ronaprhys on January 19, 2006 03:36 PM

By Jove, I think you've got it!

Posted by: Tatterdemalian on January 19, 2006 03:53 PM
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