Former French President Chirac to stand trial. This is why this news brings such cheer to so many:
The former president, a bugaboo for George W. Bush during his rush to war in Iraq, on Monday becomes France’s first former head of state to go on trial since its Nazi-era leader was exiled.
Together with his sidekick, former German Chanceller Gerhard Schröder, Chirac raised such a ruckus opposing Bush’s efforts to enforce multiple United Nations’ resolutions in the early 2000s as Iraq repeatedly flouted them. The American and European media used this opposition to peddle the (false) narrative that W had developed a go-it-alone foreign policy, acting without consulting our allies. It was Chirac’s petulance that caused a rift among Western nations.
Yet, Chirac defied the United States not on the merits of the arguments, but for the sake of defiance. And to try to preserve France’s stature on the world stage.
Now, to be sure, the trial does not address Chirac’s self-important posturing while President of France. But, it is sweet to see such a man in legal jeopardy. I believe the term is schadenfreude.