Who's The Cowboy Now?
Chirac talks tough:
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.
"The leaders of states who would use terrorist means against us, as well as those who would consider using in one way or another weapons of mass destruction, must understand that they would lay themselves open to a firm and adapted response on our part," Chirac said during a visit to a nuclear submarine base in northwestern France.Update: This is actually a very important statement, which is obviously meant to send a message to Iran. From QandO:
"This response could be a conventional one. It could also be of a different kind."
Chirac said, in effect, France would not be held hostage by Iran if Iran used nuclear weapons elsewhere. He is saying France reserves the right to strike the offending country with nuclear weapons and will risk it's retaliatory strike.
It's a brave and bold statement, and, despite our differences, we should welcome it as a critical stance at a crucial time as we search for an effective way to deal with Iran.