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I see the reference to the '68 generation as a soft dig to 'hippies' being the cause of the drift to the left. There's so many of them, you see.

And Kouchner has never been a socialist, as far as I know. When he was invited to join socialist government, he represented 'civil society', i.e. he was part of ouverture from the left (his presence them did not make those governments be described as 'as close to a grand coalition as is possible').

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon May 21st, 2007 at 06:08:16 AM EST
OK, I'll edit the diary, as well as the English Wiki article on him...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon May 21st, 2007 at 06:20:48 AM EST
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Hm, someone edited it just when I wanted! Was it you or Migeru? ;-)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon May 21st, 2007 at 06:24:03 AM EST
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Huh?

Check the article history...

Bush is a symptom, not the disease.

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon May 21st, 2007 at 06:31:52 AM EST
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Sorry, apparently, it was a cached version I saw, 'socialist politician' was edited out by some user yesterday.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon May 21st, 2007 at 06:33:26 AM EST
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BTW, The Guardian's editor must have read Wiki when s/he wrote this:

he was one of the rare French politicians who spoke out in favour of military intervention in Iraq in 2003, saying he was against war but also against Saddam Hussein's regime.

Unlike the French version, en.Wikipedia had two contradicting paragraphs, one claiming outright support for military intervention, the other correctly quoting that thing about being neither for war nor for Saddam. I edited the former part.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon May 21st, 2007 at 06:59:08 AM EST
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he was indeed partisan of taking a strong line against Saddam Hussein - in the name of promoting democracy and ending a nasty dictatorship. Like others, he saw the new international attention on Iraq as a way to actually promote democracy. They should have known better with Bush, but at least they have been consistent, as the same intellectuals had been calling for action about Chechnya (i.e. calling Russia to task a lot more seriously than was ever done) and previously against Milosevic.

WMDs were never a big consideration for them, and (sadly) neither was the identity of the party pushing that war. So I would not dumpt him/them in the same bag as the armchair warriors - especially Kouchner who does have credibility as an activist against war.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon May 21st, 2007 at 09:52:00 AM EST
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