The World Last Week

France 24 just posted last Friday’s panel discussion program, The World This Week, which I took part in along with John Vinocur from the IHT, Pierre Rousselin from Le Figaro and Gerry Feehily from . Part one is here, part two is here.

I developed the thought behind the first point I made, on Tony Blair’s justification for the Iraq War, in a blog post here. As I mention in the post, the idea occurred to me pretty spontaneously, and I’m not sure I articulated it very clearly on the program.

Besides that, we discussed the London conference on Afghanistan, France’s efforts to restrict the wearing of the burqa, and the renewed calls — by Presidents Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy — for banking reform. And I somehow managed to say “essentially” 12 times in the first 20-minute segment.