The French fighting forces have arrived in Lebanon, carrying all the necessary supplies to defeat the enemy. The pâté de foie gras (marrinated in cognac and combined with truffles) arrived in perfect condition. Thank goodness the troops won't have to be deprived of the bare essentials for their mission. We know they have refined palates and are connoisseurs of grand food and wine. The Château Mouton Rothschild and crystal wine glasses were unharmed during the grueling journey.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he was confident European countries would make major troop pledges for a 15,000-strong Lebanon peace force. Italy has now promised 3,000 troops, shaming France into increasing their promised troops from 200, to 400, and now 2,000. Italy also offered to lead the forces. Belgium, Spain, Poland and Finland are also promising troops.
France is already backing off though, saying a force of 15,000 is 'excessive'. Oh boy. Break out the white flags, um ... linen napkins ... again.
President Jacques Chirac on Friday vigorously defended initial French reluctance to provide a large contingent for a revamped UN force for Lebanon, and said the deployment of 15,000 peacekeepers there would be excessive.
"My feeling is that the figure that was given at the beginning, of 15,000, ... is a figure that is completely excessive," Chirac told a joint news conference with Merkel.
"I don't know who mentioned this figure but it doesn't really make sense. So what is the right number, 4,000, 5,000 or 6,000? I don't know."source
Jacques dear fellow, it was your buddy Kofi who suggested the 15,000 troops. Break out the croissants, éclairs and Chardonnay. . .
"France again, Vive la France, with no Jooos please. Merci!", from Woman Honor Thyself
A group of Israeli filmmakers were dropped from the schedule of the Documentary Film Festival in the French town of Lussas last week with their films replaced by movies by Pale-stinian and Leb-anese filmmakers.
Barking Moonbat, "Barking Moonbat of the Week - Chirac"
Austin Bay Blog, "Up to 3,000 Italians for UNIFIL"