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  • "Since pacifists have more freedom of action in countries where traces of democracy survive, pacifism can act more effectively against democracy than for it. Objectively, the pacifist is pro-Nazi." -George Orwell, 1941

    Similarly, those who wanted to do exactly nothing about Saddam Hussein, were objectively, pro-Bathist.

    • Well, here's one way to look at it. This summer around 10,000 people (this is a conservative estimate based solely on some undertakers, the total will be higher) died in France alone, not to mention the rest of the EU, due to global warming entailed by CO2 emissions. Which country produces half of the world's CO2 emissions for 5% of its population? How many casulties does one thing need make to count as a WMD? Should one support a war to gain access to the means of producing more emissions?

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      -- Robin Berjon [berjon.com]

        • ...due to global warming entailed by CO2 emissions.

        This has not been proven.

        In any case, the EU produces a great deal of Green House Gasses itself and is not meeting it's own commitments to reduce those emissions.

        I wonder why ElfFina didn't volunteer to give up it's own contracts with Saddam Hussein that gave them access to an inexpensive means of producing more emissions? Or, why France has diplomatically tried to reassert those same contracts?

        It's easy to find fault, except when the fault is with

          • It's easy to find fault, except when the fault is with yourself.

          When I said this, I didn't know how much blame could be laid directly at the feet of the French Government and Society. An article in the Independent highlights the negligence of French institutions here [independent.co.uk]:


          As a political storm raged over blame for the deaths, President Jacques Chirac called an emergency cabinet meeting and promised an inquiry to examine "with complete openness" the failings of the health and welfare system.

          Half the victims are believed to have died in old people's homes, many operating with fewer staff during the August holidays. Many hospitals had closed complete wards for the month and were unable to offer sophisticated, or sometimes even basic, treatment to victims.

          But, if it makes you feel better, you go right ahead blaming those monstrous Americans while your hospitals and old people's homes don't provide even minimal services.

          • Hey jordan, there are a number of things which you say that I think I address (or not, but at least talk about) in, as of now, my latest journal entry, so I won't go into detail about them here (unless there's good reason, and I unfortunately won't have much time to answer in a timely fashion, sorry about that).

            First and foremost, I in no way contradict the fact that the current french government completely failed to deal with the situation that occured this summer. Two major warnings were given to

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            -- Robin Berjon [berjon.com]