May 10, 2010, - 12:29 pm
Time to change the name of French fries to “freedom fries” again. Actually, I thought that was a stupid move, but I understood the sentiment during the invasion of Iraq when the French opposed us every step of the way. Looking back, perhaps they made the right decision for the wrong reasons.
But, now, France–long a trading partner and enabler of Iran–is stepping up its alliances with our Islamic enemies, in this case Iran. The country refused to extradite a key figure in Iran’s nuclear development program, who duped U.S. manufacturers and enabled Iran’s nuke program.
Last week, on Wednesday, a French court ruled against extraditing Majid Kakavand, an Iranian businessman who violated U.S. trade sanctions against Iran. He ran a Malaysian trading firm through which he sold products and components to Iranian companies involved in the country’s nuclear and weapons programs. The products were bought in the U.S. and shipped to Iran from Malaysia. Kakavand was arrested in France in March 2009, when he was there on vacation.
But, on Friday, France released Kakavand to freedom, which is, of course, being hailed by Iran and its “news” outlet. The French are using the fate of one of its citizens in Iran as an excuse for this outrage. But how many of its citizens might be snuffed out in the future when Iran’s nukes are complete and it uses them? That a lefty French chick went to Iran, knowing the risks, isn’t our problem and shouldn’t be a reason to enable the world’s destruction by a madman and an equally mad country run by ayatollahs.
As I’ve long said, we’ve already lost Europe, which has welcomed and allowed Muslims to rule the roost all over the place. But this move is particularly sleazy and outrageous. No more J’Adore perfume for me. I’ll stick with Clinique “Happy.” No need to repeat what we already know: that Nicolas Sarkozy is a eunuch.
Iran on Saturday welcomed France’s refusal to extradite a detained Iranian to the United States where he is accused of buying electronic parts and exporting them illegally, news agencies reported.
“His innocence was evident, (but) we still appreciate the French judiciary move in granting his freedom,” Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said as engineer Majid Kakavand arrived back home. . . .
Kakavand, who was arrested in March 2009, boarded an Iran Air flight from France on Friday, the official IRNA news agency had reported, after the US extradition request was turned down.
US officials accused Kakavand of buying electronic components and measuring instruments through a Malaysian company and exporting them to the Islamic republic via Malaysia between 2006 and 2008.
Washington argued that Kakavand had purchased sensitive dual-use technology that could be used for military purposes and violated export laws by failing to seek a special licence to ship them to Iran. . . .
The decision to release Kakavand capped more than a year of legal wrangling in a case that had diplomatic implications as France pressed for the release of a French academic held in Tehran.
Kakavand’s case came before the courts as France sought the release of 24-year-old French academic Clotilde Reiss, who has been tried on charges of acting against Iranian national security.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had linked Reiss’s release to the fate of Iranians held in French jails, but President Nicolas Sarkozy had flatly responded that there would be no such swap.
And, of course, that’s exactly what happened. Watch for Reiss to be released very soon. Sarkozy is yet another “leader” who speaks loudly and carries a toothpick.
Tags: Clotilde Reiss, extradition, France, Iran, Majid Kakavand, Malaysia, Nicolas Sarkozy, nuclear, nuclear weapons, nukes