I wrote some weeks ago about why I believed France was responsible for the deaths of Yasser Arafat and Rafik Hariri. I pointed out how France had been quietly collaborating with the US over the past 18 months, starting with the anti-Syrian UN Resolution 1551. But when I shared my theory with friends, their response was incredulity because they believed the US and France were still near-enemies.
But now others are beginning to notice the change. Denis McShane MP, the former British Foreign Office minister, writes in this week's Newsweek about Chirac's many pro-US activities in recent months ("America's New Ally, Jacques"). If McShane shares my suspicions about Chirac, Arafat and Hariri, he isn't letting on. But if people are starting to notice France's foreign-policy realignment, perhaps one day they'll also re-consider the deaths of Arafat and Hariri in that light.