PARIS — Bernard Kouchner, the foreign minister of France, said Tuesday that
whoever succeeds Bush in the White House will have to restore the United States'
battered image and standing overseas...Kouchner said the United States will
never be the country it was before the Bush presidency and would have to work to
repair its reputation, especially since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq..."I
think the magic is over," Kouchner told the International Herald Tribune. "It
will never be as it was before"...although it will take time, the new president
will have “many means to re-establish the image” of a country whose reputation
is suffering. Kouchner also discussed holding out hope of talking with Hamas,
the Palestinian faction that rules the Gaza Strip but has been ostracized by the
West and by its Palestinian rival, Fatah.
"We have to talk with our
enemies," he said.
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Thursday, March 13, 2008
What the French Foreign Minister Really Meant
If he was speaking in his native tounge, Monsieur Bernard Kouchner of France was misquoted - I think - in this English translation:
What he really said is:
SURRENDER, SURRENDER, SURRENDER! Really, Islamofascists just want to peacefully coexist with us!
What I say is: