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How Israel destroyed Iraq's nuclear reactor (built by the French) in 1981
The "Information Center on Israel" (www.alisrael.com) has an animation that describes in great detail how Israel destroyed Iraq's nuclear reactor in 1981:
From the Institute for National Strategic Studies:
Partners in 1975: Saddam Hussein and Jacques Chirac
Late 70's: France builds a nuclear reactor for Iraq
"French help" is an understatement: the French, then lead by Prime Minister Jacques Chirac, built the nuclear reactor for Iraq. Yes, this is the same French weasel who alone with Germany today opposes the US war to stop the butcher from Baghdad.
Il y a des fois ou j'ai honte d'etre Francais (there are times I'm ashamed of being French).
Thanks to LGF for the link. See below for the full animation and an article from today's New York Times that shows how Chirac not only built a nuclear reactor for Saddam Hussein but is now trying to "shut up" Eastern European countries that openly support the United States.
Operation "Opera" - Israel destroys the Iraqi nuclear reactor (1981)
Chirac Upsets East Europe by Telling It to 'Shut Up' on Iraq
BRUSSELS, Feb. 18 — The continental rift over Iraq widened sharply today after East European candidates for European Union membership reacted indignantly to advice from President Jacques Chirac of France to pipe down on the subject or risk losing their chance to join Europe's most powerful economic and political club.
"We thought we were preparing for war with Saddam Hussein and not Jacques Chirac," said Alexander Vondra, deputy foreign minister of the Czech Republic, one of the European Union applicants that have drawn French ire by openly supporting the United States and Britain in the Iraqi crisis. Mr. Vondra said his country and its immediate neighbors "definitely cannot remain silent," as Mr. Chirac advised on Monday.
Adam Rotfeld, deputy foreign minister of Poland, the largest of the European Union candidates, said, "France has a right to define its own policy and we have to respect it," but he added that France must offer the same respect to Poland.
Mr. Chirac, in an unusual outburst to reporters in Brussels on Monday after a contentious emergency European Union summit meeting on Iraq, derided those Central and East European countries that have signed letters expressing their support for the United States as "childish," "dangerous" and missing "an opportunity to shut up."
He went on to suggest that opposing France and Germany could hurt candidates for European Union membership.
"When you are in the family," Mr. Chirac said, "you have more rights than when you are asking to join and knocking on the door."
He warned that Romania and Bulgaria, the poorest of the 10 candidates to the 15-member bloc, "could hardly find a better way" of reducing their chances for membership by speaking up against France.
The war of words heightened tension between the two sides as leaders of the European Union aspirants arrived today in Brussels for a briefing on the emergency summit meeting, which they were not invited to attend despite appeals by Britain and Spain.
That tension has grown steadily as Central and East European countries have sided with the United States over how to resolve the Iraq crisis. France and Germany have resisted the American push for military action, leading Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld last month to chastise the two as "old Europe," out of step with the "new Europe" made up of former Soviet-bloc countries.
The divide broke into the open when eight European leaders, including European Union candidates Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, signed a letter of support for Washington's position in January. That letter was followed by another signed by an additional 10 countries, including seven European Union candidates.
The controversy has highlighted France's ambivalence toward the European Union's enlargement, which it has long feared would weaken the Europe's power on the world stage, or at least weaken France's ability to dominate it.
Jacques Rupnik, a leading French expert on Central and Eastern Europe, said the French are beginning to feel that they perhaps ought not to have let the Easterners join the European Union after all.
"There is a lot of irritation in France about the alignment of the candidates toward the U.S. position," Mr. Rupnik said, adding there is suspicion in France that the poorer European countries are attracted only by European Union economic support but that "for the serious stuff they address themselves to Washington."
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