The leaders of states who would use terrorist means against us, as well as those who would consider using in one way or another weapons of mass destruction, must understand that they would lay themselves open to a firm and adapted response on our part. This response could be a conventional one. It could also be of a different kind.Well France has reminded the world about it's legal right to defend itself. Whether they meant business or not, it's a different story, but what I wanted to know, is what changed m. Chirac's opinion?
Against a regional power, our choice would not be between inaction or annihilation. The flexibility and reactivity of our strategic forces would enable us to exercise our response directly against its centers of power and its capacity to act.
For the last decade France's policy was to refuse to recognize this right for other countries. So what was it? Were it the recent riots throuth whole France, or terror attacks in London? Or was it the fact that every now and then a Al Qaida cell in discovered in Europe , and nobody knows how many of them there are?
Would you recognize other country's right to defend themselves, or was it another case of French hypocrisy?