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10/04/11

Sarkozy playing Iranophobia card to woo French voters

Opinion article by Pirouz Izadi (source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran)

French officials are in the habit of threatening Iran and disseminating anti-Iran propaganda. For example, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner have both used expressions like the "Iranian bomb" to describe Iran's peaceful nuclear program.

The threats and propaganda campaigns are crude attempts to pressure Iran to change its stance toward the nuclear issue, but they have not produced the desired result.

Iran is determined to continue enriching uranium since it is its inalienable right according to international law.

The other European countries seem to have reached the conclusion that threats will get nowhere.

However, France is currently seeking to play a more active role in international disputes. And along these lines, French officials like Sarkozy and France's representative to the United Nations recently threatened that a military attack may be launched against Iran.

The United States is in a different situation than France. U.S. forces are withdrawing from Afghanistan and Iraq, and U.S. President Barack Obama is being heavily criticized for his inability to fix the ailing U.S. economy. Thus, Obama has decided to deal with domestic issues and has not joined the Iranophobia campaign.

French officials, on the other hand, are trying to fill the vacuum by assuming a higher profile in the international arena.

However, the Sarkozy administration has been unable to resolve France's economic problems, such as rising inflation and high unemployment. But instead of dealing with these national issues, Sarkozy is focusing on foreign policy so that he can present a more successful record to French voters during the upcoming presidential election.

An interesting point about French officials' threats against Iran is the fact that there is no clear suggestion that France itself would participate in a military operation against Iran. They have only warned that there is a possibility that the countries that cannot accept a nuclear Iran may choose the military option. This was emphasized by both Sarkozy and his representative at the UN.

And the unnamed potential aggressor is certainly the Zionist regime, which has been Iran's archenemy for many years and has threatened the Islamic Republic's peaceful nuclear program.

About the author: Pirouz Izadi is an expert on European politics at the Center for Strategic Research of Iran's Expediency Council.

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