No one today can claim that the path of war will be shorter than the path of inspections. No one can claim that it would lead to a safer, more just, more stable world, for war is always the sanction of failure. . . Such intervention could have incalculable consequences for the stability of this scarred and fragile region. It would compound the sense of injustice, increase tension and risk paving the way to other conflicts. . . Would such intervention today not be liable to exacerbate divisions between societies, cultures, peoples; divisions that nurture terrorism?"
Dominique de Villepin, French Foriegn Minister
Feb. 14th, 2003
Personally, I think we owe the French -- our allies in Afghanistan -- a debt of gratitude for telling it like it is, even when it could only hurt them economically and politically.
That's bravery. Sorry about that whole "cheese eating surrender monkies" thing.