Germany Asks Questions
Jean-Christophe Mounicq, a major participant in the Blue Revolution, has posted, in French, an article from the German Berliner-Zeitung expressing Germany's shock and displeasure at Nicolas Sarkozy's decision to provide Libya with a nuclear reactor of its own:
Chest puffed out, a determined look on their faces, Muammar Qadhafi and Nicolas Sarkozy engage in high level politics. France is bringing Libya back into the circle of respectable nations, helping a repentant thug to rearm, and promises him a nuclear reactor. In exchange, Libya must prevent African migrants from entering Europe and fight terrorism, Qadhafi's former specialty. Finally, the two parties delight in seeing the Libyan oil reserves open up.
But the two men see even further than that. Sarkozy is seeking allies for his projected Mediterranean Union. A concept whose objective is to reenforce the ties between Turkey and Europe, all the while refusing Turkey status as a member of the EU. Qadhafi, for his part, never stops toying with the idea of a United States of Africa, his long time dream.
Nothing is more flattering for the megalomania of Qadhafi than the perspective of playing a leading role in this new (Mediterranean Union). Is not Libya, like ancient Carthage, halfway between West and East, between North and South, at the center of the world, so to speak?
Can we trust him?
The negotiations that preceded the liberation of the Bulgarian nurses ought to impel us to even greater mistrust. Nothing forbids trade with Libya, or normalizing relations, or fostering the opening up of the country. But at this stage, nuclear reactors and weapons are not indicated merchandise - even if they are the favorite toys of self-important men.
The photo shows Bernard Kouchner, an unidentified woman, Nicolas Sarkozy, and Qadhafi at the moment of the agreement on the nuclear reactor. Kouchner has also been busy lately shaking hands with members of Hezbollah in Beirut.