Toward a New World: Speeches, Essays and Interviews on the War in Iraq, the U.N. and the Changing Face of Europe
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Toward a New World: Speeches, Essays and Interviews on the War in Iraq, the U.N. and the Changing Face of Europe

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His speeches caused an uproar—and now seem eerily prescient...
"The stakes transcend the case of Iraq alone. Let us look at things lucidly: We are defining a method to resolve crises. We are choosing to define the world we want our children to live in. . . The use of force can arouse rancor and hatred, fuel a clash of identities, of cultures—something that our generation ha...more
Paperback, 427 pages
Published August 31st 2000 by Melville House
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When France’s Dominique de Villepin spoke out in the United Nations in early 2003 against the impending war in Iraq—warning that the US plan for unilateral attack would only lead to devastating and long-lasting chaos—his passionate reasoning and beautifully crafted speeches caused an uproar. . . and won him a large and admiring American audience.

But the rest of the world has long been familiar with the speeches of the scholar, poet, and statesman who has become such a dominant figure in Europea...more
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Feb 23, 2008 Gillian Holmes rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: French nerds
This book was published before Villepin was blamed for the youth riots in Paris, when he was still seen as the likely successor to Chirac. These political speeches are written with the skill of a poet (which Villepin happened to be before entering politics). The keystone is his amazing speech to the United Nations opposing the U.S.'s invasion of Iraq--"violence is a failure of the imagination".
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Dominique Marie François René Galouzeau de Villepin (born 14 November 1953) is a French politician who served as the Prime Minister of France from 31 May 2005 to 17 May 2007.

A career diplomat, Villepin rose through the ranks of the French right as one of Jacques Chirac's protégés. He came into the international spotlight as Foreign Minister with his opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq which cu...more
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