July 21, 2003

The Kelly Affair from France

The Kelly Affair from France

How are the folks at Le Monde editorializing about Dr. Kelly's tragic suicide and parsing the relative culpability as between the Beeb and various British governmental actors?

"LA GRAVE CRISE politique qu'affronte le premier ministre britannique ne trouve pas son origine dans la mort de David Kelly, l'expert britannique en dˇsarmement, mais dans le mensonge de son gouvernement sur les armes de destruction massive de l'Irak."

Translation: "The grave political crisis confronting the British Prime Minister didn't originate with the death of David Kelly...but in the lie of his government on Iraqi WMD."

What lie we are not told. The Niger/uranium story that British intelligence authorities have stood by and which is said to have come from French sources. Note: Paris is now vehemently denying this.

Or other unspecified lies?

Later, le Monde turns to the U.S. scene:

"Bill Clinton a fait l'objet du harassement des rˇpublicains pour avoir menti sur le sexe. Serait-il, aux Etats-Unis, moins important de mentir sur les mobiles d'une guerre ?"

No translation needed, right? The Bill Clinton reference should tip you off, ie. Le Monde is suggesting that, in the U.S., it would be considered less important to lie about the motivations for going to war than lying about sex.

UPDATE: I slightly tweaked my informal translation of the essence of Le Monde's commentary per reader JP's input.

Pretty polemical fare. One wishes Le Monde would try to be more empirical and serious in its editorials on matters of such import.

Listen, this Niger/uranium story should have never been included in the SOTU and has been a major embarrasment. But the Brits still stand by the intelligence.

And, more important in the context of this Le Monde editorial, can't they at least tell us what lies are behind the "grave political crisis" facing Blair? Unlike many of their readers perhaps, I don't just assume some mother-of-all-lies has been engineered in Goebbels-like fashion by Dubya and poodle Tony.

Posted by Gregory at July 21, 2003 05:30 PM
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