Chirac denies saying that Iran’s possession of a nuclear bomb would not be “very dangerous”.
This is what he said:
Instead, Chirac said, the danger lies in the chances of proliferation or an arms race in the Middle East should Iran build a nuclear bomb. Possessing the weapon would be useless for Iran – whose leader has called for Israel to be “wiped off the map” – as using it would mean an instant counterattack.
“Where will it drop it, this bomb? On Israel?” Chirac asked. “It would not have gone 200 meters into the atmosphere before Teheran would be razed.”
So what Jacques is saying is that Iran’s bomb would pose no danger to him because Israel will then rid him of the problem. Even if Israel gets wiped out in the process.
In the second interview with the same newspapers, Chirac retracted his comment about Teheran being razed. “I retract it, of course, when I said, ‘One is going to raze Teheran,”‘ he said.
Chirac also said other countries would stop any bomb launched by Iran from reaching its target.
“It is obvious that this bomb, at the moment it was launched, obviously would be destroyed immediately,” he said. “We have the means – several countries have the means to destroy a bomb.”
Regarding his comments that Israel could be a target of an Iranian weapon and that Israel would retaliate, Chirac said: “I don’t think I spoke about Israel yesterday. Maybe I did so but I don’t think so. I have no recollection of that.”
If I thought Chirac was alone in his sentiment I would dismiss his asinine remarks.
But he isn’t.
One does wonder about the French, for sure.