Some have said I needed to reconsider my view on President Sarkozy, because of some things I wrote in a recent post. That was then, just after Kouchner made his now famous statement that many were irritated over. But fast forward to today, and we still see Sarkozy stating what many have been saying now for a long time.
By all appearances, it seems like he knows that this must be looked at this, realistically. And the reality here is, Iran must be stopped from getting a nuclear weapon. He knows that it makes no sense whatsoever to continue to sit idly by, while the time is being well-used by the Iranians to advance the research process. He knows the stakes are high.
Lately, there has been much written about this, new, brave, and bold vision of Le Presidente. Earlier, we had this story about Sarkozy's grand ambitions to invoke and bring about a new era of change for France. Before that, we had his post election comments, which sound resoundingly like those he has been making of late. We heard his clearly toned statements then, we here them now.
I could go on posting links to articles on this, but what's the use?
Like here in the States, politics being the beast that it is, he will continue to be demonized by many. Right now, the apologists are waging their war of words campaign to discredit the President, by making him Bush's pit bull. I am sure the mainstream French press hammers him daily. I am sure that many are calling him a warmonger.
Yet, he still continues to hammer back. And although I can find nothing that would indicate he wants war, he is still keeping up the pressure. You cannot warn the world of something, unless you spell out what that "something" entails. He seems to know that by backing down now (like Chirac would have), there could be no real viable solution to this problem.
Looking at this man's first few months in office, he certainly has made a shift in policy and has made good on what he said he'd do. With all of this, I wonder if this guy might just turn out to be France's Ronald Reagan, before it's all said and done.