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French Defense Minister Drian to EuroFora on ISIS Terrorism: Large Debate on Alliance for Values ?!

Written by ACM
Sunday, 23 November 2014

 

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- A "General Debate" about possibly Strengthening Alliances to Protect both Neighbouring Allied Countries and all Europe against the horrible Beheaders/Throat-Cutters Terrorists of ISIS' armed Islamic Extremists, was prognosticated by experienced French Minister of Defense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, in reply to an "EuroFora"s Question, just after he linked the Historic 1944 Fight to Liberate Strasbourg from NAZI Occupation, and Today's, 2014 struggle versus ISIS, always in the name of the same Values, as he stressed at the conclusion of a landmark Speech to a Popular Ceremony for the Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of that Historic Event, which practically announced the imminent Liberation of all France and the rest of Europe from such Threats and Dangers.


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  - "For (Fighting against) ISIS  (beheaders/throat cutter Terrorists), .. do you think that Alliances should be Strengthened further ? How do you see things ?", "EuroFora" asked the French Minister of Defense, just a few Days after the horrible spectacle of more BeHeadings of innocent People taken Hostages, in addition to cowardly Cutting the Throat of 11 disarmed and detained Syrian Soldiers POWS, in an atrocious exhibition of War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity.  


 - "I don't know" yet, he initially reacted Carefuly, (considering also the fact that, at least part of "EuroFora"s Question is related rather to the Foreign Ministry and/or to the Presidential Palace "Elysée" decision making, together with the Defense Ministry.  

 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          >>> - But "I think that there will be a General Debate" about this, French Minister Drian positively prognosticated briefly,  apparently Open to eventually important perspectives in the foreseable Future.


 - "Because you spoke (earlier Today : See Infra) about Values which must be Defended everywhere", "EuroFora" observed, in this regard.  - "Yes !", nodded afirmatively Drian, who had just explained that his venue for the 70th Anniversary of Strasbourg's Liberation was due to the fact that - "It's a Great Moment for (Collective) Memory, and, moreover, there is the Strong Symbol of Strasbourg.  So, the Memory of this Event, offers an occasion for the Nation to Unite itself around its Values, in a World which remains quite Unstable, with Threats and Risks against which we must be Protected" even Today.


The move came shortly after reiterated calls from Russia's leadership and others (even some US circles) to Unite closer against common Threats and Dangers provoked by the Horrible Beheaders/Throat-Cutters of ISIS' Islamic Extremist Terrorists, which found an echo even inside France's mainstream GeoPolitics by this week's criticism by main Opposition leader, experienced former President, Nicolas Sarkozy, against "provoking a Cold War against Russia, while ISIS is around us", as he denounced, earlier this week at nearby Mulhouse, (See "EuroFora"s NewsReprt from Mulhouse : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/sarkozynocolodwarinfrontofisis.html ). Many spoke also about China, also threatened by other Deadly, Extreme Islamist Terrorist Groups in a Central Asian region, (while some added, conditionaly, even Iran), etc.

 

+ Drian has announced, earlier this week, that 6 Fighter Airplanes "Mirage" will be soon placed in Jordany, in addition to another 9 "Rafale" Planes already based in the United Arab Emirates, in order to fight against ISIL at Iraq, and this was reportedly confirmed, later Today, also by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, during a visit in Africa, at Nigeria, to an Air-Base from where are launched UAVs to monitor the Sahel area.


=> -  Now, on 2014, naturally, "the Situation is Different"  from what it was back on 1944, "but the Threats against our Liberties, our Values, still remain the Same. So, we must Keep the same Determination, the same Vigilence, and the same Precautions, while, at the same moment, have Soldiers who are Proud of what they are doing, as I witnessed, both Yesterday, when I was travelling elsewhere, (in Africa), and (Today) here", in Strasbourg "by Respecting the Memory of those who Liberated this City, and the entire France", ultimately participating in the liberation of all Europe from NAZIsm, the French Minister added, speaking to Journalists, including "EuroFora".


+ Citting another Concrete Example in this direction, Drian pointed also to "EUROCORPS"', (a 6 EU Nations' Army HeadQuarters' body, able to combine Land- Air - Sea operations in a joint move, in the service of the EU, (or, eventually, in agreement with NATO), which has repeatedly got EU Parliament's strong Backing as a key element of an emerging EU Foreign and Security policy :  - "It's a Symbol of a Europe which able to protect itself..  In fact, "the European Defense is being built Day after Day : F.ex.  Today, Europe is Present in Mali, (SubSaharian African Country which had been recently threatened by similar Violenty Extremist Islamic Terrorist Groups : See, f.ex. : ...), where 22 out of 28 EU Member Countries are actively participating there, in order to ensure the ReCostruction of Mali's Army", as he observed. So that, "European Defense" policy "goes forward", while "EUROCORPS remains its Symbol", Drian concluded.


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Meanwhile, (as "EuroFora" had previously guessed, speaking 40 minutes earlier with an experienced collegue of the Alsacian main Media), Drian had made a Timely link between the Historic Fight to Liberate Strasbourg from NAZIsm, and Today's fight to Defend Neighbouring Allied Countries and Europe itself from ISIS, through the Vital Need to Saveguard elementary Human Values, brutaly trumpled underfeet both by the former Totalitarian Dictature and from today's Deadly Extreme Islamic Terrorists of ISIS' atrocious BeHeaders and/or Throat-Cutters : The same Values which stimulated the Fight and Victory against NAZIsm, request now to protect Neighbouring  Allied Counties and even France and all the EU etc. against the atrocious ISIS' BeHeaders, he said in substance, as a matter of Principle, while avoiding to expose in Public concrete details :
 
- "We shall Never Forget the Sacrifices made by all those French Soldiers", (many of African origin, as f.ex. 2 old now men who travelled from Algeria to Strasbourg to be with us Today, as noted earlier Strasbourg's Mayor Roland Ries), "for Peace to win, and for our Nation to find anew its Freedom". "Those men contributed to Liberate Strasbourg on 1944, and continue, still Today, to Fight in the name of France and our Values. 70 Years ago, the Liberation of France reminded us that there is No Freedom without Struggle. Today, by paying hommages to those Heroes, .. as well as to Strasbourg's Population, a Victim of War, we also remind that there is No Freedom without a Memory in order to Defend it", Drian said earliier in his Speech.

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- "During these Dark Years, it's thanks to the outstanding Courage of our Fighters, but also to the extraordinary Solidarity of our Allies, that France rose anew from the abyss, and renewed with its Destiny of a great Nation which takes its Responsibilities in front of the Dangers which may Threaten it. It's thanks to them, Yesterday's Fighters and Allies, that we owe to Live now in  a Pacified area. Honour their struggle is also Open the Eyes, as they did, to the Reality of the World which surrounds us" Today.


>>>  - "In 70 Years, the World has considerably Changed. But our common Enemy has remained the Same, even Under Different Faces : Intolerance, Racism, Fanatism, Barbary. Yesterday, this Enemy (NAZIsm) Terrorized our Families and subordinated entire Countries accross Europe. Now, it spreads a Same Terror accross Friendly Populations, at the Doors of Europe", he timely denounced.


 - "How could we stay Idle, while the Freedom of those who had contributed to Free us Yesterday, (as he said mainly for several African Nations, from which had been recruited many among the Soldiers who fought, together with Europeans, against the NAZI Military Invasion and Occupation, back on the 1940ies), "may be Threatened Today ?", he wondered. -  "But, this Fight for the Liberty of our Allies, in a World which was never before so InterDependent as now, it's also, more than ever, a Fight for Our own Security", Drian noted realistically.


 - Indeed, nowadays, "Armed Terrorist Groups, such as "AQMI" or "ISIS" ("Daesh" in the French version), don't limit themselves into Looting, Raping, Destroying entire Populations, here in the Sahel, there in Iraq and Syria. They also spread around, exploiting the Weakness of those States, in order to seek to reach France and all Europe", Drian warned.


 - "That's why France undertakes all its Responsibilities. It does so in Mali, since the 11th of January 2013, with the Operation "Serval", and, from now on, throughout all Sahel, with the Operation "Barkhane", in order to Struggle against Terrorist Groups. It does so in Central Africa, in order to Stop Abuses and Prevent the Implosion of a Country which would DeStabilize African Continent's Core. It certainly does so also in Iraq, in the context of the Operation "Chammal", which allows to make Decisive Strikes against that New Fortress of Barbary, which is "ISIL" ("Daesh").  As it, evenmore, does at the Indian Ocean, when it Defends Maritime Liberty against Piracy", (as he added about earlier violent attacks against Peaceful Merchant Ships, particularly heading towards the Suez Channel, which has, notoriously, led also to the creation of another European collective Mission).


 - "Tomorrow, as well as 70 Years ago, France acts in the Name of its Values", and "will Continue to Act, in the name of Ideals which Inspired it already Yesterday, and of the Duty which is imposed to it, Today", the French Minister of Defense firmly announced in conclusion.


- "Inside a Dangerous World, it's a Difficult Task", which "requires an Important Effort by the whole Nation", he observed. But, "it's at this price that we shall have a 1st class Army in Europe on 2020, and that France will remain a great country able to face Today's Urgencies and meet the Security Challenges", so that,  the "Defense of our Liverty, yesterday", joins "the Defense of our Security, Today", serving "a Duty of Vigilence, that the Heroes .. of the Liberation (from NAZIsm, back on 1944), left us to share. It's up to us to prove to be at the level of the Fight that they led, and which remains, 70 Years later, Topicaly "Hot"", Drian urged in fine of a Popular gathering at Strasbourg's central Square "Kleber".

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He was symbolicaly speaking in front of the Statue of Historic General Kleber, a German-culture Officer faithful to France's Napoleon, who notoriously fought brillantly, together with him, mainly in Egypt, against the Ottoman-Turc Occupation which had notoriously Destroyed the, once brillant, Arab Civilisation and erased most traces of the Historic Ancien Egyptian Civilisation, until Napoleon's Archeologist Champolion, succeeded to find a way (thanks also to the Discovery of a Stone with one and same Text written successively in Ancient Greek and Egyptian, etc),  to Start Translating, for the 1st time, the Ancient Egyptian Language of the Pharaons, later-on...


By another interesting coincidence, even more symbolically, it's an authentic, Old, Artisticaly Sculptured Glass for Beer, which reportedly used to belong to Kleber himself, that German Chancelor Angie Merkel, had chosen to give as a Gift to out-going then French long-time President Jacques Chirac, back on March 2007 in Berlin, during an exceptional EU Summit which included main references to EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights, (Comp. "EuroFora" Co-Founder's NewsReports from Berlin, then). The German-origin Young Officer Kleber, had been attracted by France's Napoleon plans, and had joined him, then, in Egypt, to fight against the Othéoman-Turk Military Occupation, Destruction of Civilisation and asservissment of Arab People.

 

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3 EU Parliament votes to boost EuroGroup !

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After EuroZone Paris Summit's succes, Sarkozy calls to "think anew how to re-construct Europe !

"EuroZone and EU Institutional debates pave the way to 2009 discussions on EU Future, including Enlargment, Turkey etc. ?


23 October 2008

After EU Parliament strongly suppported in 3 successive Votes this week in Strasbourg French EU Chairmanship's move to boost Euro-Group at EU's core, while ideas on EU Institutional problems are awaited on December, "it's an open Question now" if this may lead to a debate on EU's Future, or not, told us French President, Nicolas Sarkozy''s Spokesman, Pierre-Jerome Henin.

MEPs voted on Thursday fresh Funds to support EuroGroup, after adopting on Wednesday a Resolution asking a "further Evolution" to "the 1st ever meeting of Heads of State and of Government of the Euro-Zone, taking decisions in that capacity", while earlier this week a Report asked "a stronger Institutional setting" for "EuroGroup", extended from "competitiveness/industry" to "environment, employment and education", with "increased powers for Political decision-making", according to a text drafted by French MEP Francoise Beres and German MEP Werner Langen, "10 Years after the creation of Euro" (1999 - 2009).

- Brussels' subsequent "EU Council ..(simply)..ratified the measures decided by EuroGroup on October 12" in Paris, which "were necessary to contain the current Financial Crisis", Resolution observes, expressing also support to the new process succesfully initiated by Sarkozy and due to be completed by agreements with USA and other countries at a Global level.

From now on, it's between two differend but parallel moves : EU's delay, and EuroZone's acceleration, that Enlargement and particularly Turkey's controversial EU bid, will have to search its way :

Indeed, EU's 27 expect a "Roadmap on how to deal with the Irish problem" on Lisbon Treaty ratification after December, risking to pass even 2009 Elections and next Commission with the old Nice Treaty of 2000, out-dated and unfit even for 2004's Enlargement...

On the contrary, EU's core launches a real "Economic Governance for EuroZone at the highest level of Heads of State/Government" of the 15, which started in Paris on October 12 and was strongly supported this week in Strasbourg by Sarkozy and EU Parliament.
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- "It's a good idea, to launch such a debate ("on EU's Future") in EU Parliament in view of 2009 Euro-Election : Perhaps some MEPs will seize an opportunity", told us mainstream French MEP Alain Lamassoure, former EU Minister and EU Spokesman for France's governing party UMP.

- "All MEPs' debates on such EU Councils are also part of the larger debate on Europe's future : Now with EuroZone, and even more when, on December, Irish Prime Minister is due to table proposals in Strasbourg on how to deal with EU Treaty's ratification", replied earlier to our question EU Parliament's Press Director and Spokesman, Jaume Duch.
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Sarkozy has formally anounced his intention to open EU Debates on Economy, Identity/Enlargement (i.e. mainly Turkey), etc. both linked to a popular Political view of Europe, since his Historic speeches on EU in Strasbourg, on February and July 2007, when he stressed that "Europe needs a New Renaissance". At the beginning of the French EU Presidency, on July 2008, replying to a MEP, he suggested that EU Parliament takes an active part in Debates on EU's Future.

- Now, in 2008, "Crisis are an opportunity to re-think how to re-construct Europe", Sarkozy stressed. At any case, the Historic 1st EuroZone Summit of Heads of State/Government, which started replying to the Financial crisis,"is a Turning Point : After that, Europe cannot be governed as before, but differently" : People "like a Europe with Strong Will".

- "We must make the System move !", "Europe needs Innovation" and free political debates. EU "Elections are in a few Months", Sarkozy warned.

He invited EU Parliament to fully play its role as "the Democratic Heart of the Europe we want : United, Independent and Voluntarist, because the World needs Europe's voice".

- "It's no more possible for Euro-Zone to continue without an Economic Government" at the Highest Level of Heads of State/Government, who provide "Democratic Legitimity" and can take important decisions, he announced, strongly supported by EU Parliament's Economic Committee which just voted to boost the "Institutional" aspects of "EuroGroup".

Plasticity offered by the current absence of a special Treaty on EuroZone's Institutions "made it easy to adapt the organization of the 1st Summit with imagination, to efficiently meet urgent needs", he observed, on the occasion of Brittish Prime Minister's exceptionnal presence at the greatest part of EuroGroup's Paris Summit.

- "In EuroZone we have the same Bank, the same Money, and, thus, a same duty for Unity" : "By bringing together EuroGroup's 15 members States we suceeded to find a solution and prepare a Giant Plan of 1.800 Billion euros", Sarkozy reminded of Paris' 1st Historic EuroZone's Summit.

Afterwards, Brussels' EU Council followed the move, and USA's Paulson II Plan was inspired from that. "Europe must promote the idea of Global Economy's Refoundation", he stressed.

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- "I was frankly astonished when I found, at the EU, a rigid system, where any New Idea was seen from the outset as a sacrilege, while, on the contrary, Europe needs Innovation !", he described.

F.ex. ,"'When we first spoke about the "Union for the Mediterranean", it was misunderstood as something extraordinary.. When later we had the Russia -Georgia crisis, it seemed against EU's custom to act "in the middle of August", instead of staying a passive spectator ! And when, in front of the Financial ciris, we gathered the 1st EuroZone Summit of the "15", some thought of it as a lese-majesté", he denounced.
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On Geo-Political Principles :
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- But, by moving resolutely, "EU obtained the ...withdrawal of Occupation Troops in 2 Months !", reminded Sarkozy, observing that Russia "fulfilled its commitments", in the Georgian crisis, where a "disroportionate reaction" from Moscow followed a "totally inappropriate action" from Tbilisi's troops. "It would be crazy to reply by military means : EU should not become accomplice of another Cold War, imposed by lack of cool heads".. as he said.

In future, "the creation of a common European Economic Area with EU and Russia, would also obtain a raprochment on our Human Rights and Democratic Values", added Sarkozy, in a statement which should logically be applied, a fortiori, to controversial EU "candidate" Turkey..

Particularly when, the same week that EU Parliament voted 2009 EU Funds for Turkey's controversial EU bid, ECHR took a series of judgements condemning Turkey for grave Violations of Human Rights, such as : Torture, death of a political prisoner in unclear circumstances followed by failure to conduct a proper Investigation, "enforced Disappearance" of a youngster aged 17, Killing of a sepherd with Tank Shells, persecuting Journalists for articles on "Missing" People, even a former President of Human Rights' Association, (etc)

- "We (EU) can defend our ideas on respect of Sovereignity and territorial Integrity, on Human Rights and other differences ... without confrontation", Sarkozy stressed, on the occasion of Russian/Georgian conflict, reminding that : "we were only 2 steps from catastroph", when a Peace agreement brokered in Moscow prevented, at the last minute, Russian troops' advance towards Tbilisi.

An EU Parliament Resolution adopted Wednesday in Strasbourg on the occasion of Russia - Georgia conflict, outlines a set of Principle which apply elsewhere too, (particularly when EU Rapporteur for Russia and Turkey is one and same person ; Dutch MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijtanen !)

Clearly rejecting any "military solution to the conflicts", MEPs "condemn ..all those who resorted to force and violence". They denounce a "disproportionate military action", "as well as (an) unilateral decision to recognise the independence" of brekaway regions, "calling.. to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of the concerned country, "and the inviolability of its borders recognised by all EU Member States". They warn that "EU must review its policy towards" a 3rd Country, "should .(it)...not comply with its commitments", and "stress that the withdrawal of.... troops from the areas ....is an essential additional step".

EU Parliament "calls for the safe and quick return of refugees, (accepted by Russian President Medvedev) accompanied by the deployment of EU observers on the ground", and "regrets ...that ..EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) is not allowed to enter the ...breakaway regions". Moreover, "It's important to ensure that persons and NGOs ..engaged in defending human and civil rights can operate". "Until ...all remaining issues (are) resolved..., and notably the continuing ...Military presence", "relations with the EU ..cannot be fully normalised", MEPS warned.

As nobody likes to be accused to practice "Double Standards", this should be regarded as "Principles" applicable to any Third Country at EU's Neighborhood.. No ?

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On Economy :

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- "When Financial crisis shook US and EU's Banks, without result from the 1st (American) Paulsen plan, it was the common reply of the 1st EuroZone's Summit, involving some 1800 Billion euros, which started a positive move in the markets, soon strengthened by the follow-up of the US Paulson 2 Plan, noted Sarkozy.

- "Europe should not be only on the defensive, but, if necessary, know also how to take an offensive", he said, brushing away hesitationsto act on Economy: - "I'm for a refondation of Capitaliism, but against Speculators, who betray its values" : "Lack of Rules was profitable to speculators, Not to businessmen !" We must make sure to prevent any such crisis in future". "We, the rest of the World, cannot continue to bear the deficits of the 1st World power without saying anything !", the French President said, applauded by EU Parliament. All this needs "a New Global Governance", on which EU Parliament must debate. That's why "we proposed together with USA, several Summits from mid-November", to which G-8, enlarged to China, India a.o. countries, should participate. UNO's SG; Ban Ki Moon, the IMF, etc.

Financial crisis lowered shares' prices even for healthy companies, sometimes to 1/3 of their initial price, so that strangers might buy EU industries for only a portion of their real value, and Europeans may wake up one day with their main industries sold out to foreigners !

That's one of the reasons for which EU should debate about creating "Golden Shares" for States to jointly take Strategic participations to help European Industries until the end of the Crisis, particularly against distording competition, he suggested, pointing at USA's 35 billion $ plan for American Car Industry."We shall struggle for Europe to be able to build Airplanes, Ships, Trains, Cars, because we need a strong Industry", he concluded.

"F.ex. as we did back in 2004, when as Finance Minister, we bought Alsthom's shares for 800.000 euros, and, after restructuring, we sold them for 2 Millions : Help a company and make money is not so bad"...

As for the UK, "when Ireland announced that it would guarantee only Irish Banks, London City emptied from liquidities in 24 hours : It's the EU which helped to restore the situation, Not the UK alone !", reminded Sarkozy to nationalist British MEP Nigel Farage.

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On the contrary, in a last-minute attempt for the EU to catch-up with its Institutional delay "before the European Elections" of June 2009, MEPs simply voted a call for a "set of proposals" to be made for the "Irish public opinion" at the end of the year...

- "As long as Lisbon Treaty is not ratified by all 27 EU Member States, there is an unanimous decision to stop Enlargement, reminded Wednesday in Strasbourg the French Minister for EU affairs, Jean-Pierre Jouyet..

Added to an indirect but clear warning that, without Lisbon Treaty, all 27 EU Member Countries may not have a Commissioner in the 2009 resuffle, MEPS in the Constitutional/Foreign affairs Committees applauded hoping that this might motivate their Irish friends..

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