I am really impressed with Sarkozy. He’s really rolled up his sleeves on this one and offered up things that the Europeans aren’t used to doing.
I understand the history of the Imperial European powers in the region, including the French. I understand that by American standards the rest of the world has long memories. But they don’t need them. The US has very recently, up to and including today, been the number 1 belligerent in the Middle East. Sure, the Europeans were there before and during WWII goofing it up. But, who else can credibly do anything there?