I like nothing better than a politician who takes a principled stand. I like it even better when the stand he takes is against barbaric cultural imperialism.
France’s RTL Radio reports that a formal meal with French President Francoise Hollande and Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani was scrapped after the Iranians insisted on halal fare — meaning absolutely no alcohol.
France refused to entertain the blasphemous concept of wine-free dinner, offering instead to host an official breakfast for Rouhani and his entourage. But the Iranians dismissed the proposal as “too cheap,” according to the RTL Radio report.
I can imagine any number of gormless western leaders who’d have caved when faced by these uncivilized demands. Rouhani could have stuck to the salad and perrier.