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March 5, 2004
Why We Can't Trust the French

The Italians are learning how trustworthy the French are as allies against terrorism:

The Left-wing intelligentsia of Paris have manned the barricades to defend an Italian terrorist turned novelist who is fighting extradition to serve a sentence for political killings in the late 1970s. Cesare Battisti, 49, was convicted by a Milan court in absentia in 1988 of four murders, several attempted murders and robberies while leader of a group called the Armed Proletarians for Communism. ...

The terrorist's lawyers claim that the refusal is a legal precedent which still protects their client. The government's lawyers say the decision was political rather than legal and is therefore reversible.

Just as when the French decided to block the extradition of Ira Einhorn, the hippie murderer, the French literati are more interested in giving aid and comfort to a murder and a terrorist than in cooperating with their Italian neighbors and supposed ally and fellow EU nation. None of this is terribly surprising; the French have always had a sweet spot for anyone who spouted Marxist theology regardless of their criminal activity.

This demonstrates, once again, the folly of allowing France to dictate our national security policy, especially in our battle against Islamofascist terror. Sheltering a known terrorist for over a decade is a funny way of being the partner in the war on terror the French claim to be. Islamofascists will review this case and adjust their message to include just enough Marxist pap to enable Parisian leftists to fall in love with them all over again. And if we elect a president who refuses to act until his French "ally" agrees on our approach, we will be back to arguing in the UNSC, waiting for action while the council passes one meaningless resolution after another and all the diplomats congratulate themselves on looking busy.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at March 5, 2004 10:30 PM

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