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Report Says Mitterrand Approved Sinking of Greenpeace Ship (Leftists Attacking Their Own...?)
New York Times ^ | 7/09/2005 | staff

Posted on 07/10/2005 1:56:32 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

PARIS, July 9 - Twenty years ago, two French secret service frogmen attached mines to the hull of a ship owned by the environmentalist group Greenpeace as it lay anchored in a New Zealand harbor, and the explosions ripped large holes in it.

The sinking of the Rainbow Warrior before it could set off to protest French nuclear tests in the Pacific killed a Greenpeace photographer on board, provoking much embarrassment in Paris and the resignation of top officials.

Much has become known about the government's deliberate sabotage of the vessel thanks to the tenacious pursuit of the case by the French press. But Saturday, exactly 20 years after the operation, the newspaper Le Monde added another intriguing chapter by publishing what it called the account of the events written by the man in charge of the plan.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: france; greenpeace; mitterrand; rainbowwarrior

1 posted on 07/10/2005 1:56:35 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

France surely has had a week to be proud of, hasn't it?

:-)


2 posted on 07/10/2005 1:58:11 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
Bad blood between Greenpeace and France. Hard to know which one to root against, ain't it...? :)
3 posted on 07/10/2005 2:02:26 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("As a conservative site, Free Republic is pro-G-d, PRO-LIFE..." -- FR founder Jim Robinson)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Not surprising Mitterand didn't like Greenpeace

Communists are often not even rational environmentalists much less wacko extremist environmentalists. Look at the environment in eastern Europe.


4 posted on 07/10/2005 2:11:27 AM PDT by grondram (The problem with the middle of the road is that you're passed on all sides and likely to be runover.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

The French government is one of the more brutal of the Western Democracies. Doesn't anyone find it odd that France is the first to "cover" for brutal dictators, and the last to stand up for the oppressed?


5 posted on 07/10/2005 2:17:39 AM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Hard to know which one to root against, ain't it...? :)

Nah, it's simple. Just remember: The friend of my enemy...no wait; the enemy of my friend...no, that's not it; the friend of my friend....Oh,forget it. Screw them both! They deserve each other. LOL

6 posted on 07/10/2005 2:27:49 AM PDT by wheelright
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

The sinking of the "Rainbow Warrior" (snicker), was the greatest French military victory since Napoleon.


7 posted on 07/10/2005 4:17:46 AM PDT by Husker24
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
"...French secret service frogmen..."

LOL. Is that what they call their SEALS?

8 posted on 07/10/2005 5:15:11 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: Howlin
France surely has had a week to be proud of, hasn't it?

But at least their food tastes better that the Brits.

:-)

9 posted on 07/10/2005 5:17:22 AM PDT by linkinpunk
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Bad blood between Greenpeace and France. Hard to know which one to root against, ain't it...? :)

Like Kissinger said re the Iran/Iraq war...

"Too bad they both can't lose."

10 posted on 07/10/2005 5:18:40 AM PDT by linkinpunk
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To: grondram

At least Mitterand was a member of the French Resistance during WWII.


11 posted on 07/10/2005 5:20:02 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator (This space outsourced to India)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Twenty years ago, two French secret service frogmen attached mines to the hull of a ship owned by the environmentalist group Greenpeace as it lay anchored in a New Zealand harbor, and the explosions ripped large holes in it.


Even a broken clock is right twice a day.


12 posted on 07/10/2005 5:55:10 AM PDT by freedomfiter2
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To: grondram

Scratch a Liberal. Uncover a Fascist.


13 posted on 07/10/2005 5:59:28 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Scratch a Liberal. Uncover a Fascist)
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To: KC_Conspirator
At least Mitterand was a member of the French Resistance during WWII

Of course.

After Hitler attacked the Soviets, what else could a committed Commie do?!

14 posted on 07/10/2005 6:03:14 AM PDT by Thumper1960 ("It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed."-V.I.Lenin)
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To: coconutt2000

Follow the money...


15 posted on 07/10/2005 6:05:24 AM PDT by txroadhawg (Don't believe any statistics unless you made them up yourself)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Liberalsim = The Ends justify the Means.
16 posted on 07/10/2005 6:08:40 AM PDT by DoctorMichael (The Fourth-Estate is a Fifth-Column!)
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To: Thumper1960

"After Hitler attacked the Soviets, what else could a committed Commie do?!"

You would be taxed to even remotely back that claim with facts, buddy.

Here's a hint : look up what the late President Reagan said about Mitterrand, look up the story of "Farewell", a French mole in the USSR that the CIA was given access to, look up the tactics Mitterrand used against the French Communist Party throughout the 1980s, bringing it from 15% to less than 8% (and less than 3.5% today).


17 posted on 07/10/2005 7:13:35 AM PDT by Atlantic Friend (Cursum Perficio)
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To: Atlantic Friend

There's a little good in everyone.


18 posted on 07/10/2005 7:34:33 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Scratch a Liberal. Uncover a Fascist)
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To: varyouga
Is that what they call their SEALS?

In French, underwater divers are called "les hommes-grenouilles," or "frog-men."

19 posted on 07/10/2005 9:07:04 AM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Scratch a Liberal. Uncover a Fascist.

Fascism is just a variant of socialism.

20 posted on 07/10/2005 9:07:58 AM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: KC_Conspirator
At least Mitterand was a member of the French Resistance during WWII.

I don't know Mitterand's background but it seems to me that, after the war ended, the French had all been members of the Resistance. :=)

21 posted on 07/10/2005 9:15:12 AM PDT by Bob
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To: linkinpunk

Well, let's go with that: You could say that this is "just desserts," eh? :-)


22 posted on 07/10/2005 9:30:02 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Pres. Reagan would have said more than a little, as it seems !


23 posted on 07/11/2005 9:19:42 AM PDT by Atlantic Friend (Cursum Perficio)
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To: Atlantic Friend

'smatter of fact, this was the Gipper's exact comment back in the 1980s when Sandanistas fired a rocket as a planeload of reporters leaving Nicaragua...


24 posted on 07/11/2005 9:23:49 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Scratch a Liberal. Uncover a Fascist)
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