Thursday, April 30, 2009

Macho Diplomacy

Judah Grunstein is impressed by Bernard Kouchner's brass balls:

Mr Kouchner then requested that the UN be given access to the civilians trapped with the Tigers.

When the Defence Secretary responded that it was not safe for anyone to enter the area, Mr Kouchner volunteered to go himself.

"A smiling Rajapaksa told the French Foreign Minister that the LTTE was so desperate that he, too, would be taken hostage," the report said.

"I don't mind that risk," said Mr Kouchner, who co-founded the medical aid agency, Médecins sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders).

The Sri Lankan defense minister was not amused, however:

“My problem is not what the LTTE will do to you,” he was quoted as saying. “Instead it is that should such a thing happen, we would not be able to take Prabhakaran as planned!”

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