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The French Prime Minister, Dominique de Villepin, has rejected George W Bush's 'War on Terror' in a speech to the French Parliament.

Villepin went on to highlight France's opposition to the U.S. Invasion of Iraq pointing out the destabilizing effect it has had on the region.

The Reuters article posted on CNN has some choice quotes on the subject:

"Against terrorism, what's needed is not a war. It is, as France has done for many years, a determined fight based on vigilance at all times and effective cooperation with our partners.

"But we will only end this curse if we also fight against injustice, violence and these crises."

I believe this quote is particularly good considering all the talk in the west about Muslim extremist determination to convert or destroy the west:

"It is the duty of France and Europe to show that the clash of civilizations is not inevitable. No one retains this wisdom, inherited from our history, as we, French and Europeans, do."

France faces a far greater threat from any sort of "clash of civilizations" than the U.S. (they have a significant Muslim immigrant class in France that will become a serious voting block over time.) But, it is the U.S. that feels the need to go to war?

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