Allawi to France: don’t rush to play the dhimmi. From AFP, with thanks to Ali Dashti:
BAGHDAD (AFP) – Iraq’s Prime Minister Iyad Allawi warned France against appeasing insurgents in order to secure the release of two of its nationals held hostage in the country as he prepared to travel to Brussels.
“France is bogged down by the past,” said Allawi responding to a question by reporters on France’s support for a conference by Iraqi civil society groups to be held in parallel to an official meeting on Iraqi elections scheduled for the end of the month in Egypt.
“France must revise its policies towards Iraq because its actions and statements are driven by the fact two Frenchmen are hold hostage in Iraq.”