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Chirac: "Nuke the terrists!"

I can't really fault Chirac for saying this

France said on Thursday it would be ready to launch a targeted nuclear strike against any state that carried out a terrorist attack on French soil.

In a speech defending France's costly nuclear deterrent and toughening policy against terrorism, President Jacques Chirac said Paris must be able to hit back hard at a hostile state's centres of power and its "capacity to act".

but at the same time, I have to wonder what the world's reaction (and France's in particular) would be had President Bush said the same thing?

For all my talk about the French being wussies on the world stage, I've never doubted they would zealously defend their own absolute right to respond ferociously to a terror attack on their own soil. I've often speculated that if (God forbid) France were to experience a 9/11-scale attack, things could get really ugly over there very, very quickly. I just hope we never find out whether I'm right or not.


Terrist, that's someone from the planet earth, right?

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