Unbridled arrogance hurts debates over climate and Iraq

Bob TippeeDebate over Iraq has fallen victim to the type of political arrogance that destroyed discourse on climate change. On Feb. 17, French President Jacques Chirac threw an incredible tantrum against European governments opposing his country's reluctance to forcibly depose Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Like the politics of climate change, the tirade ignored facts and arguments and focused instead on nonconformance with a consecrated agenda."It is not really responsible behavior," Chirac said of governments supporting US and British readiness to use force in Iraq. "It is not well brought-up behavior. They (the contrary governments) missed a good opportunity to keep quiet." Chirac...

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