World View: Obama Slams French Businessmen in Front of France's President

February 12, 2014

This morning’s key headlines from

  • Obama slams French businessmen in front of France’s president
  • Slaughter by Syria’s al-Assad and ISIL continues despite ‘truce’

Obama slams French businessmen in front of France’s president

François Hollande and Barack Obama

At a Washington press conference on Tuesday held jointly with France’s president François Hollande, President Barack Obama criticized businessmen who try to violate the sanctions against Iran. He was apparently referring to a delegation of 116 French businessmen, with representatives from major companies like Total, Lafarge, and Peugeot, who visited Tehran last week in hopes of getting a big chunk of business with Iran when sanctions are completely lifted. 

According to President Obama: 

Businesses may be exploring — are there some possibilities to get in sooner rather than later if and when there is an actual agreement to be had? 

But I can tell you that they do so at their own peril right now. Because we will come down on them like a ton of bricks.

Is this another “red line”? Does anyone believe anything President Obama says any more? Isn’t this just so much hot air? 

Hollande didn’t seem too flustered. He said that he did not control French corporations, though he said he had made clear sanctions on Iran would not be dismantled until a final deal on Iran’s nuclear program had been reached. Expatica France

Slaughter by Syria’s al-Assad and ISIL continues despite ‘truce’

During the “peace talks” in Geneva last week, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad regime killed some 1,900 people in one week, mostly with barrel bombs, which are barrels or canisters packed with explosives and metal, designed to flatten civilian neighborhoods and kill as many people as possible. So far in February, some 2,500 deaths have been documented, making it likely to be one of the deadliest months so far in the Syrian war. 

It’s somewhat laughable that the politicians and the media are calling it a great victory that al-Assad has agreed to a temporary truce and allowed 1,000-2,000 civilians to leave the wrecked city of Homs. Making up for that is just a few days work for the genocidal monster president of Syria, and for his puppetmasters in Moscow. 

Meanwhile, reports continue to surface, as they have for months, that the al-Assad regime and the ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) terrorists are either implicitly or explicitly cooperating together as allies to kill as many “moderate” opponents of the regime, as well as the al-Qaeda linked al-Nusra. So we have two terrorists — “industrial strength” terrorist al-Assad, and “ordinary” terrorist group ISIL — as allies of convenience in a war to gain control of western and eastern Syria, respectively. It seems likely that the whole “peace process” in Geneva is a big joke, and al-Assad is never going to agree to anything. Al-Arabiya and Al-Jazeera and Daily Star (Lebanon)

KEYS: Generational Dynamics, France, François Hollande, Iran, Barack Obama, Syria, Bashar al-Assad, al-Nusra, Islamic Emirate in Iraq and Syria/Sham/the Levant, ISIS, ISIL 

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