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re: Sarko, I think we have to remember what makes the man really tick. I know certain hereabout have expressed the prospect that Sarkozy's overtures to Bush may be a calculated ploy to not corner a desperate, mentally unstable and isolated man and thereby back him off the cliff of confrontation with Iran.

Personally, I think we have to remember Sarkozy's promotion of French commercial interests.

Think along the lines of the Putin model. Putin, of course, loves all the turmoil this shit kicks up, because of what it does to the price of oil and gas. And when oil and gas prices are high, Russia wins, and so does Putin.

As for Sarko? The first time there was a severe supply shock, in the 1970's, France took the lead in pioneering alternative energy, in the form of nuclear, and now has a world-beater in nuclear engineering in Areva, which all of us Frenchmen happen to own (its a public company). So, France could also been seen to potentially stand to gain from such unrest. And it's not like Sarko hasn't already shown a certain proclivity in this regard. And it's a fact that Russia already has the Iranian nuke deals sewn up, so it's not like France has anything to gain by siding with the Iranians.

Those that see the cynicism in what I'm saying? I agree. It's contemptible. But that's the way the economic system works. And if you don't like it, change the system, which is more effective than getting indignant about the symptoms of the system...

The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet. Winston Churchill

by r------ on Thu Oct 25th, 2007 at 12:35:58 PM EST

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