Dominique de Villepin

Remember Dominique de Villepin, France’s Foreign Affairs Minister, who was vigorously opposed to the 2003 invasion of Iraq?  Here he is in February 2003 making an urgent appeal to the members of the UN Security Council.


“There is an alternative to war,” he is saying, “The effective and peaceful disarmament of Iraq. The option of war might seem a priori to be the swiftest. But let us not forget that having won the war, one has to build peace. Let us not delude ourselves; this will be long and difficult because it will be necessary to preserve Iraq’s unity and restore stability in a lasting way in a country and region harshly affected by the intrusion of force.”

In hindsight, 12 years later, it appears that de Villepin was the only sane voice in a sea of warmongering madness.


Today’s The Guardian has published an opinion piece written by de Villepin.  It concerns ISIS and Syria today, Islamist terrorism, etc.  Here’s the link –