Friday, December 03, 2004

Is the Ba'ath Party Being Resurrected on French Soil?

According to Memri,
the Ba'th's propaganda machine appears to have found a new abode in Paris, France, whence threats to the U.S. are issued regularly … Not surprisingly, the Ba'thist propagandists use the word "resistance" (in French, "la résistance") to underscore the association with the struggle against the Nazi occupation of France during WWII.

The resurrection of the Ba'th Party on French soil was further strengthened by France's proposal that representatives of "la resistance" should participate in any future conference that will be convened to discuss the future of Iraq. This position was clearly stated by Michel Barnier, the French Foreign Minister … In the interview, Mr. Barnier called for a political process in Iraq that would include "a number of groups and people who have today opted for the path of resistance through the use of weapons."

…Given that most of the [National Council for the Iraqi Resistance's] publications are issued through Yahoo France, one might suspect that most of the production is done in that country.

(Thanks to Carine's significant other)