Cablegate: Media Reaction; Sarkozy and 1968; Peace in Ulster; Illegal
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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION; SARKOZY AND 1968; PEACE IN ULSTER; ILLEGAL
IMMIGRATION TO THE US; 05/10/07
1. SUMMARY STATEMENT
Local papers lead with French President-elect Nicolas Sarkozy's
views on the cultural and social heritage of 1968; a new Democratic
Party's draft bill on illegal immigration; and a Catholic-Protestant
coalition taking power in Northern Ireland.
2. OPINION PIECES AND EDITORIALS
- "A world still at war over 1968"
James Neilson, contributor to liberal, English-language "Buenos
Aires Herald," writes (05/10) "Towards the end of his successful
election campaign, Nicolas Sarkozy identified his number one enemy -
the legacy of May 1968. By that he meant the cultural and social
effects of the student riots that shook France, leading to the fall
of General Charles de Gaulle's government, and reverberating
throughout the Western World, including Argentina, where they still
influence the way many people think...
"In Sarkozy's view, the students and the intellectuals who
celebrated their allegedly revolutionary exploits, ushered in an age
of moral relativism in which nobody could be considered better than
anyone else, contempt for authority of any kind became the norm as
did the notion that the criminal and the feckless were victims of
"... Their 'politically correct' heirs... rule the roost these
"Why, then, did Sarkozy win last Sunday's elections with a
comfortable margin? Because most Frenchmen are fed up with the
self-righteous preaching of a prosperous cultural elite, the 'caviar
left,' that has detached itself from what for many people is the
real world. They are tired of being told that it is fascist to take
pride in their country's past achievements, that all the many
problems that have been caused by a truly massive influx of
immigrants from what to them are alien cultures and profess an
aggressively alien religion are due to home-grown racism, that those
who are preyed upon by criminals in some way deserve their fate
because it is society's fault that criminality exists. Whether or
not France's current economic travails can be attributed to the long
cultural dominance of the 'caviar left' is an open question, but
Sarkozy struck a chord when he suggested that the moral relativism
it espouses undermined the work ethic and promoted an absurdly
exaggerated sense of entitlement."
- "A Democratic initiative aimed at regulating the status of illegal
Ana Baron, leading "Clarin's" Washington-based correspondent, penned
(05/10) "After the recent police brutality with Latin immigrant
demonstrators in Los Angeles, Democrats launched yesterday an
initiative that is aimed at regulating the status of millions of
"The issue is urgent - if the (Congressional) debate of the draft
bill is postponed, the new immigration legislation will unlikely be
passed until after the 2008 presidential elections...
"... As a matter of fact, the (Democratic) draft bill has many
common elements with the reform draft defended by US President
George W. Bush, although (the Democratic) initiative makes it easy
for undocumented immigrants to obtain their US citizenry in a
"Meanwhile, the US Pentagon has planned to build a center in
Guantanamo for the expected Cuban illegal immigrants who will
attempt to enter the US after the death of President Fidel Castro."
- "Peace gets stronger in Ulster"
Daily-of-record "La Nacion" editorializes (05/10) "A coalition made
up by Protestants and Catholics has just taken power in Northern
Ireland. This is one more step toward building a more effective and
lasting peace. Two former enemies have become the new PM and Vice PM
of a joint administration...
"... The 3,500 dead of the '70s have been left behind. Their
sacrifice imposes a commitment on everyone to a reconciliation
"The two former rivals took over yesterday in a ceremony in which
they were escorted by the two most important drafters of peace - UK
PM Tony Blair and his Irish counterpart, Bertie Ahern...
"We should also acknowledge the US full commitment to the peace
process, both under former President Bill Clinton and by current
President George W. Bush.
"What happened in Northern Ireland, which is worth celebrating,
confirms that peace is always attainable, even when armed clashes
are of religious nature...
"Now, a process has started that will have to demolish everything
that has separated the Ulster inhabitants, while a common future is
built. For this purpose, everyone will have to leave aside the
mistrust and rancor engendered by fratricide violence for decades."
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