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Come Home, Micheline

In a hilarious column published today in the Wall Street Journal Europe, Swiss columnist Roger Koppel prays for someone to stop Swiss foreign minister, Micheline Calmy-Rey, from continuing her reckless foreign policy. The latest stunt of was, readers may recall, going to Tehran to witness–while wrapped in a white veil–the the signing of a massive gas deal between Iran and the Swiss energy company EGL.

Despite Calmy-Rey’s protestations about her stance for human rights while on this trip, Koppel surmises that “the prevailing impression was that she let herself be manipulated as a useful idiot by a brutal regime.” Given her record–signing the gas deal with Iran, supporting Qaddafi fan and radical anti-capitalist Jean Ziegler as a rapporteur for the Human Rights’ Council, having Switzerland stand as the only Western country to condemn Israel in a recent, biased HRC resolution–doesn’t calling her useful give her too much credit?


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