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fsbooks Donating Member (350 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 02:11 PM
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Polish parliament to investigate blunder over missiles found in Iraq
WARSAW (AFP) Oct 07, 2003
The Polish parliament will open an investigation into an embarrassing diplomatic incident in which the defense ministry mistakenly claimed that its troops had discovered a recent batch of French missiles in Iraq, a senior parliamentarian said Tuesday.
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The missiles had the markings that read 07-01-KND 2003, which the troops mistook for the year of production. Chirac strongly denied Saturday the remarks of the Polish defense ministry, according to which Roland (short-range surface-to-air) anti-aircraft missiles built in 2003 might have been found in Iraq. "There cannot be any missiles there in 2003 because the missiles haven't been built for the past 15 years," Chirac said at the European summit in Rome on Saturday.


http://www.spacewar.com/2003/031007125210.ernomkwj.html

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displacedvermoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 02:15 PM
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1. Our new Polish "allies" were just getting into the spirit of things
you know, bashing the "Old Europeans" and blaming them, especially France, for the mess in Iraq. That just might be good for another billion or so, don't ya think?
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gWbush is Mabus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 02:22 PM
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2. what does "chocolate makers" refer to???
thanks.
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Tempest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 02:41 PM
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4. It's a slur made by the administration towards Germany and France
It represents what the administration called "Old Europe".
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Francis Donating Member (317 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 03:21 PM
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5. Usually it means Belgians
Who are famous for their chocolate making.
The dutch refer to the belgians as patates, meaning french fries
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Kellanved Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 05:38 PM
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6. The participating countries of the "Praline" Summit
The summit was in Belgium, hence "Praline". The Nations (France, Belgium, Luxenbourg and Germany) decided to build up a joint strike force and command structure independent of the NATO. Although had Bush demanded such a move when he took office it was effectively stopped by US (And Spanish/ Italian) requests.

Another possible explanation for the name "Chocolate Makers" are the strict regulations in Italy, Germany, France, Luxenbourg and Belgium on what's chocolate and what's not (anything with fat other than cocao-butter). The regulation blocks almost any imports not from one of the countries listed above.
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Capt_Nemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 02:22 PM
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3. These morons will soon discover that the EU funds and subsidies
they so eagerly want don't come out of the shrub's ass...
and so will my own government... :puke:
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