Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sarkozy-Kadhafi

The journalists Fabrice Arfi and Karl Laske have been on the trail of the link between Sarkozy and the late Muammar Kadhafi for six years, during the course of which Mediapart has published many articles purporting to show that the latter finance the former's 2007 presidential campaign only to be murdered in the course of a military operation instigated in large part by the man he helped to make president. If the story is true, it's one of the great political scandals of modern times. Arfi and Laski have now collected their evidence in a 400-page book entitled Avec les compliments du Guide. Perhaps it will provoke the French authorities to pursue the case.

8 comments:

Unknown said...

I doubt anyone could ever accuse me of sympathy for sarkozy - or kaddafi for that matter. But has anyone ever considered that it was kaddafi agents who planted (in bangui) the bomb that downed a UTA passenger flight over Tchad in 1986 and that France can and does have a long memory in these matters?

Bernard said...

Sorry, that was Bernard

Unknown said...

I doubt anyone could ever accuse me of sympathy for sarkozy - or kaddafi for that matter. But has anyone ever considered that it was kaddafi agents who planted (in bangui) the bomb that downed a UTA passenger flight over Tchad in 1986 and that France can and does have a long memory in these matters?

Tim said...

I am actually curious as to what Art thinks of the most recent FIGHT to break out between Thomas Piketty and Macron.

Mitch Guthman said...

Bernard,

I actually have quite a bit more sympathy and respect for Sarkozy than many who comment here. But I find it very hard to credit him with such a noble reason for the betrayal of his former benefactor. I think it’s far more likely that Sarkozy saw that the Arab Spring was still riding a massive wave of public support and feared the domestic political consequences of revulsion at the impending bloodletting and lost his nerve.

Besides which, if France was going to get into the business of taking revenge on those who murder innocent French people, there’d be a lot of dead Pakistanis and more than a few dead Frenchmen, too. And Sarkozy would certainly be among them.

My money's on the less noble but much simpler explanation: Sarkozy understood that the the Libyan resistance had the support of the European people and the bribes Gaddafi had been paying to politicians, academics and retired spies wouldn’t save him this time. I think Sarko saw the handwriting on the wall and dumped his patron while the dumping was good. Nothing noble, just the cold-blooded, self-centered pragmatism that has characterized Sarkozy for his entire career.

Tim said...

Not to get too off topic but I saw an interesting article Reuters published on Macron suggesting that it is a mistake for Macron not to push for more of a Grand Projects style infrastructure program.

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/reuters/in-working-class-paris-suburb---macronomics--falls-flat/43608598

I have some of my own views on the subject but suffice it to say my problems with this solution is that historically Grand Project's style infrastructure spending actually employs very few people in France(and due to higher productivity levels much fewer people than even similar projects do in the US).

Alexandra Marshall said...

TIm I might also add that Paris is evidence of how god awful most of the architects are that they choose for these projects. Please no more rusting monuments to egoism. Let's put Jean Nouvel out onto a boat that never docks and put the infrastructure money into maintaining nuke plants now that hurricanes are apparently coming to Europe.

Robinson said...

I agree 100% about the architects. I have many unpleasant memories of trying to enter the new BNF in the rain and almost falling down.