Jejudo, South Korea
Something tells me that Chirac has never been wrong.
I am not sure, with America as it is these days, that it would be easy for someone, even the British, to be an honest broker. Perhaps that will change but that is the current state of things,” he said.
--Hmm, leaving the possibility open that he might be wrong?
And concerning the insult:
This year’s celebrations of the bicentenary of the Entente Cordiale had demonstrated the friendship between Britain and France. Musing on the old cross-Channel relationship, he said the rivalry was always founded on mutual esteem. “We enjoyed hating each other . . . It was a kind of violent love,” he said.
He still felt bad because he had made very insulting remarks in French about the British minister then, believing that he did not speak the language. He later found out that he spoke it perfectly. “I thought, that’s a real example of British hypocrisy, hiding for two years that he spoke French!
He regretted the remark, and the British hypocrisy remark was a joke. Wouldn't it be odd to start off a trip to Britain by insulting them? Wouldn't it make more sense to see it as a king of roast, tongue in cheek kind of thing?
And where Chirac is right:
The evolution of the world towards a multipolar situation is inevitable. That is part of the evolution of human history,” he said. “In consequence there will be a great American pole, a great European pole, a Chinese one, an Indian one, eventually a south American pole. These great poles have to live together
To prevent war between the poles, there must be a United Nations, he added. “The second condition is that the two poles that are founded on the same values — that is America and Europe — get on together so that they can be an element of dissuasion towards poles which have another culture, other historical values. The transatlantic link is absolutely essential in this multipolar world.”
I agree with both these points. The decision is whether to continue this kind of xenophopic isolationist Ramboism or to engage the world as a leader, not an instigator.