- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 19, 2003

Yesterday, the French ambassador to the United States, Jean-David Levitte, announced that despite France's opposition to a war in Iraq, "if Saddam Hussein were to use chemical and biological weapons, this would change the situation completely and immediately for the French government … We have equipment to fight in such circumstances." Thanks, but no thanks, M. Levitte.
France is perfectly prepared to let American and British soldiers be the canaries in the mine shaft, to test with their own nostrils and flesh the presence of lethal chemicals and toxins. Once our men fall, the French will be glad to step up in their pristine uniforms. Well, by the time they would come, we are quite confident that our own troops will have the matter well in hand.
For six months, the French government has been denying what their own intelligence service has surely known all along that Saddam Hussein has chemical and biological weapons. They have forced the failure of diplomacy. And now, they offer to jump to the head of the column after the heavy fighting is over. This may be the French concept of glory. But there are other, unmentionable words for it in English.

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