February 21, 2003
Pass the Caviar
Don't Cut the Cheese!
By Paul Rush, Contributor
WILLIAMSBURG, VA -- Remember
that slogan, "It's the economy, stupid"? I couldn't agree
more. Oui, oui, mon ami - the green stuff is center stage once again.
Only this time, the forum is the indebted and oil-rich nation of
Of late, Germany, France, and Russia have
led the anti-war movement on the international stage. Of particular
interest are France and Russia. What, indeed, are their motives
for promoting such an agenda with regard to Iraq? Is it true pacifism,
or is it something else? Could it be a coincidence that the French
company TotalFinaElf has several massive oil contracts with the
Demented Dictator which are worth 65-80 billion dollars?
Coincidence also that Russia's company
Lukoil has oil contracts with Iraq worth 20 billion dollars? Coincidence
also that Iraq still owes Russia some 7 billion dollars for weapons
purchased during the cold war? That's a lot of billions. And also
a lot of coincidences.
Exactly how blind do they think we are?
Pretending issues of morality and principle, France and Russia have
adamantly refused to offer their oil-soaked itching palms in assisting
the growing number of countries who have come to realize that the
Mustachioed Madman of Iraq is, indeed, a threat to peace and human
rights in the Middle East.
Having prostituted the lives of the people
of Iraq for Oil Contracts and Loan Repayments, France and Russia
have shown their true colors. They don't stand on principles of
peace, but rather on the throats of those that the Dictator and
his minions have and will torture, rape, and murder. And by doing
so, they have cheapened the notion of Human Rights so as to render
it virtually unrecognizable.
What, exactly, is the acceptable quotient
of raped children to barrels of oil produced these days? Whatever
the magic number is, it doesn't seemed to have been affected by
the fact that the parents were forced to witness the ruthless violation
of their enfants before their very eyes.
Indeed, this Deceitful Dyad has made much
ado of the Bush Administration's admittedly Hawkish stance against
Iraq. Saber-Rattlers? Warmongers? Yes. And No.
This isn't quantum physics, folks. Every
petty hood, criminal mastermind, and American prime-time television
viewer has one thing in common - they all know the value of "good-cop,
bad-cop." Barney stands to the left of the prisoner, his trigger
finger "itchin' for Ol' Betsy." Andy, on the other side,
cajoles and ribs the prisoner.
Barney barks, foams, rants, raves, and
threatens; while Andy coaxes, pleads, and leans in and whispers,
"I don't know, but if I were you, I'd tell him what he wants
to know. Barney's always been a hothead, but I've never seen him
this shade of purple before."
It really is that simple. Who can deny
that if the Dictator does disarm it will be because the United States
stood where Barney stands, ready and willing to put a boot in the
teeth of a certain mustachioed mouth. For twelve years, no one has
For twelve years, the Russians and the
French have wooed and spoon-fed the Dictator his caviar and fromage.
In return, the Dictator signed oil contracts and agreed to pay back
loans. How touching. But he never did love them enough to change
his spots, or to disarm.
It is high time for the French and the Russians to
quit bemoaning the loss of their lover who has left them jilted
at the brink of war. They can't buy his heart with reactors wrapped
in ribbons, loads of loans, crude oil contracts, or all of the cheese
and caviar in the world.
They are quickly losing credibility on
the international scene as more and more countries are realizing
that the purposes behind the pacifism are really payments and profit.
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