France once again is proving that it is the “Barney Fife” of nations. Throughout modern history, France either stayed neutral, or vacillated towards their best advantage. The events instigated by Edward Snowden have once again displayed the cowards that are the French.
Bolivia’s Presidential aircraft was refused landing permission on French soil, amidst pressure by the U.S. government. There was the slightest of possibilities that NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, was onboard. The country of wine, cheese, and crusty bread, (all of which constitute a perfect meal), succumbed to pressure, and denied the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, his right to land in their country.
Their support of arrogance by the American government distanced them from many in the European Union. But, now, in typical French fashion, they are joining other nations who are issuing a demand for possible ‘suspension of trade talks,’ until the EU receives complete disclosure regarding NSA spying on their diplomatic activities and trade negotiations.
France ‘fiercely’ declared that a two week’s suspension should be declared. Germany disagreed.
“It would seem wise to us to suspend them for a couple of weeks to avoid any controversy and have the time to obtain the information we’ve asked for,” French government spokeswoman Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said Wednesday.
The negotiations are set to begin on Monday.
“It’s not a question of halting the negotiations,” Vallaud-Belkacem said, adding that espionage and trade are two ‘closely related’ issues.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said shortly after France raised a 2-week delay proposal: “The Commission wants to start negotiations on July 8, and in this it has the support of the German government,” said state spokesman Steffen Seibert.
“We want this free trade agreement and we want to start the talks now,” he said.
Members of the EU decried the reported spying saying that they were “cold war tactics.”
Secretary of State, John Kerry refused to confirm or deny Snowden’s allegations.
President Obama’s response was virtually ‘everybody does it.’
So, here’s the question. Do the people of Europe and the United States believe that the ‘status quo’ will continue? Here are the facts.
The agreement would be a “once in a generation prize,” which could add as much as $157 billion to the EU economy, over $125 billion to the US economy and as much as around $133 billion to the rest of the word, British Prime Minister David Cameron said at the summit, adding it could add two million extra jobs, more choices and lower consumer prices.
Money is God to the demons who run the world.
France will undoubtedly renege on their demands. They will once again display their cowardice, but they are not alone.
Alfred James reporting