Personne ne s'étonnera que, comme à leur habitude, les journalistes (Jean-Marie Colombani en personne et Martine Silber) posent des questions dans un sens qui conforte le Quai d'Orsay ("Peut-on dire que l'alliance entre José Maria Aznar et Tony Blair avait été trop loin dans une dérive presque antieuropéenne ?").
Ce qui est étonnant, c'est qu'à aucun moment, ni ce jour ni pendant les jours qui ont procédé ou suivi, le quotidien de référence ne semble pas avoir écrit un seul mot sur le scandale du jour — la crise entre Madrid et Canberra.
Australia aggravated a diplomatic row with Spain yesterday by accusing the socialist government of encouraging terrorists. Brushing aside the furious response to earlier comments pointing the finger at Madrid, Alexander Downer, the foreign minister, said he would not apologise.Quasiment pas un mot dans le quotidien de référence. J'espère que l'ambassadeur australien aura répondu qu'il ne voit pas pourquoi les Espagnols (et les Français) auraient le droit de traiter les membres de la coalition de caniches, et cela de leur piédestal non-interventionniste passif où ils ne risquent (plus) rien ; et pourquoi les Australiens, qui, comme leurs alliés (ceux qui ne sont pas rentrés chez eux), font face au chantage et aux menaces des terroristes (car activement impliqués avec des troupes sur le sol), n'auraient pas le droit d'avoir leur opinion sur les menaces en question et ce que ceux-ci ont accompli, justement, par rapport à leurs (ex-)alliés.
He said that Spain and the Philippines needed "to face up to the truth" that by withdrawing their contingents from Iraq they had allowed themselves to be exploited by terrorists.
"There is no point in trying to scurry away from the truth," Mr Downer said. "I am sensitive about the fact that terrorists use the examples of Spain and the Philippines to put pressure on Australia. If you accede to the demands of terrorists, they will exploit the acceding to their demand . . . We are not going to apologise. We shall let bygones be bygones."
The comments caused great offence in Madrid. Australia's ambassador there was summoned to be told that the comments were "unacceptable".
Car il est vrai que dans le domaine des injures, on revient dans le deux poids, deux mesures. On a tout à fait le droit de ridiculiser et de fustiger les USA et leurs alliés, mais qu'on ne s'avise surtout pas de mettre en doute les bonnes intentions, la rationalité, l'humanisme, la vision avant-gardiste, l'amour de la paix, et la lucidité (ainsi que le courage) des tenants du camp de la paix.
Le Monde avait par ailleurs écrit un éditorial indiquant clairement qu'il était indécent de même entretenir l'idée que l'Espagne ait pu faire preuve de peur (ou de lâcheté), ou que les résultats des élections aient pu s'apparenter à un nouveau Munich. Thèse méprisante, tranche le journal indépendant, sans concessions. (On a l'impression qu'ils pensent que les Australiens, comme les Américains et les Britanniques, devraient remercier les Espagnols d'avoir quitté l'Irak et de s'opposer a Washington et ses alliés, à l'image des Français (!).)
Voyons maintenant ce que dit Mohammed, un bloggueur de Bagdad (en évoquant l'attaque de Baaqouba qui a fait 70 morts) sur cette crise ainsi que sur la position et la politique des membres du "camp de la paix" :
Tens of victims in a barbaric action committed by those terrorists leaving pain, sorrow and a deep wound in the heart. Once again, civilians pay the highest price and once again terrorists show how cruel they are, reminding us of their hateful presence and their lust for killing and destruction.Concernant les sondages qui indiquent une majorité des populations (en Espagne, au Royaume-Uni, etc) étant contre la guerre (nb : tout ce qui est souligné ici l'est de moi) :
What hurts more than this daily terror is the soft way the world is using to deal with the situation.
I believe that the presence of this terror is just a matter of time, as hatred and deception can’t last forever, but the reactions of some parts provide it with the support it needs and give it a second chance. Yes, all we need is the will and determination to crush a company that is so close to bankruptcy but the disgraceful doings of some parts postpone it once again, like what Spain, Manilla and Egypt lately did.
What’s even worse and disgusting is that these governments smugly come and ask the admirably determined nation Australia to apologize while it’s them who must apologize to the whole world for their awful mistakes that encouraged terrorists and reassured them that their criminal tactics can work.
These countries have found excuses for terror and gave the terrorists the motives to carry on with their plans as long as these plans can make "sovereign countries" yield in front of a true criminal action.
They’re cooperating with the criminals and they make it easier for terrorists to increase their activities in Iraq and elsewhere. This is the goal of terror and this is what these countries offered the terrorists on a gold plate. They’ve said clearly "do more of your work, as it will definitely bring an outcome that satisfy your sickness and illusions".
Perhaps it’s become obvious that the failure of terror is getting closer, and tightening the control over its resources is what made terrorists adopt this new strategy of asking for millions of dollars as ransoms for each hostage saying that this money will be used to pay compensations for the victims in Fallujah.
This reveals the fact that the terrorists’ resources are no longer sufficient to their expenses and this is what made them seek financial support through these criminal operations.
…There’s a deal to fund terror in a different way than before and there are groups and countries who support this and maneuver to override the obstacles.
Negotiating with those thugs provides them with legitimacy let alone submitting to their demands and funding them.
This is totally rejected and it must be dealt with firmly while those who submitted to the terrorists must apologize; they gave a broke company a new chance.
What happened today is a crime and these countries are partners in this crime whether they accept this fact or not. No can make us believe that these governments care about their citizens more than the governments of the USA, Italy, UK, Australia and other coalition members. Can anyone answer the question why those governments didn’t submit to the demands of the terrorists in their own lands, like Abu Sayaf in Philippines?! The same applies to Egypt when dealing with the Islamic groups. Why was the sound of gunfire the only sound we heard when dealing with terror in their own lands? I believe the answer lies in the hypocrisy of these governments. They don’t care a sh*t about the lives of their citizens but they do care and A LOT about their individual and partisan interests. They follow the mob instead of leading them to what’s better for their future.
A good and wise government should be able to see farther than the average simple citizen and also to share this vision with him and let him see where his/her interests and security lie. What these governments are doing is the opposite, as they use the simple and instant reactions of the crowds to strengthen their position saying "we have fulfilled your demands and acted just the way you wanted" However what the people want, and especially when they are faced with a shocking and a threatening situation, is not necessarily what they need.
Can you answer the question what will be the response of Iraqis towards these horrible attacks? I’ll help you; These victims came to volunteer to serve their country as IP members and this is not the 1st time this happens and the response of Iraqis to such attacks was always more volunteers and longer lines. What does that tell you Philippine and Spanish government? If this is bravery and wisdom, then how should your actions be labeled? Maybe it’s not your business? That would’ve been a more honest answer had you said it, but you’re not just cowards or stupid, you’re also hypocrites. This include all the "anti-war" crowd with all the clowns there such as Michael Moore and George Galloway and their likes. You make me SICK when you support the "Iraqi resistance" and call these killers a revolutionists. Did you watch your "resistance" today? This is what you support and this is how history will view you; supporters of murderers and criminals, and for what? Fame and money! Enjoy it. It won’t last, as the truth will soon be revealed and you'll be exposed to all as the disgusting parasites you are.
I doubt that we can forgive you all for your cowardice, stupidity and hypocracy just as we’ll never forget the sacrifices and the help of the Americans, Australians, British, Italians, Japanese and all the other coalition members.
PS : le quotidien de référence ne semble pas avoir fait grand cas de cet entretien de l'AFP qui contredit quelque peu les dires de Zapatero (José Maria Aznar et Tony Blair "avaient un pied en Europe, parce que nous sommes en Europe, et un pied dehors pour freiner l'Union européenne") :
Mario Monti … believes the Berlusconi government has been too compliant in its dealings with France and Germany. "There's no point in doing favours which will not be returned, to win the sympathy of the powerful."Non, mieux vaut privélégier un analyse (de Philippe Ricard) sur "l'intraitable M. Monti", "mystérieux", dont le "style personnel a parfois dérouté ses interlocuteurs".
"Ten years of experience in Brussels have convinced me that, to be competitive, Europe must be more liberal."
"In simple terms, the Blair-Aznar alignment has shown itself to be more useful than the Chirac-Schröder one," he said.
He is particularly scathing of France, which he scores for favouring the short-term interests of some big national companies to the detriment of EU economic development in general.
"France has become a problem for itself and for Europe. It cannot handle its successes, and often it doesn't see them, and attributes its setbacks, which are often imaginary, to Europe."
(Thanks to Gregory Schreiber)
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