Friday, August 13, 2010

Fighting Words

"Racist" is of course an incendiary word. The UN Committe for the Elimination of Racist Discrimination did not exactly call France a racist country. It did, however, say that France "lacked political will" in the fight against racial discrimination. But Claude Guéant isn't worried: for him, the committee is not the UN, just a group of individuals expressing themselves individually. This posture conveniently allows him to avoid the substance of the charge or the role of recent presidential verbiage in eliciting it.

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