Talk about role reversal. From Charles Krauthammer: "France flips while Congress shifts"
Ahmadinejad at Columbia provided the entertainment, but Sarkozy at the U.N. provided the substance. On the largest possible stage -- the U.N. General Assembly -- President Nicolas Sarkozy put Iran on notice. His predecessor, Jacques Chirac, had said that France could live with an Iranian nuclear bomb. Sarkozy said that France cannot. He declared Iran's nuclear ambitions "an unacceptable risk to stability in the region and in the world."Krauthammer goes on to opine that Congress has slowly moved towards a similar policy of containment in the Middle East: "It takes time for reality to seep into a Washington debate." In a peripheral fashion, this is why I've always thought it was better to let Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have his say: because it exposes him, for all the world to see, as a nutcase head of a regime that has invited international sanctions.
His foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, had earlier said that the world faces two choices -- successful diplomacy to stop Iran's nuclear program or war. And Sarkozy himself has no great hopes for the Security Council, where China and Russia are blocking any effective action against Iran. He does hope to get the European Union to join the U.S. in imposing serious sanctions.
"Weakness and renunciation do not lead to peace," he warned. "They lead to war." This warning about appeasement was intended particularly for Germany, which for commercial reasons has been resisting U.S. pressure to support effective sanctions.
Eyes wide open.