Suppose he is doing just that, raising the stakes, but on behalf of all of Europe, the US, Australia and anybody else who might be the target of a terrorist dirty bomb.
Suppose western intelligence agencies have come to a joint conclusion that there is now a dirty bomb (orsomething equally scary) out there in the wrong hands, even if they don't know whose hands it is in.
Who would be the best person to get a message across from the west to the terrorists? Chirac is the most anti-US of them all. As Nixon went to China,
Chirac can beat his shoe on the table in a unique way.
That no other western leader has batted an eye makes me think he could be talking for all of them. If they continue to let it pass, they are effectively allowing him to speak for them as well, whether by design, or prior unspoken understanding, or not.
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Normblog on the lack of response to Chirac's nuclear warning to Iran
The lack of notice and response to Chirac is strange. Norman Geras has blogged on it and a reader responded this way,