Rachel Marsden

Speaking of which, France and Saudi Arabia need to get a room. The two countries have been playing footsie over everything from their common regime-change agenda in Syria to defense deals to, most recently, the Saudis giving Lebanon $3 billion to buy French weapons. Hollande was just in Riyadh last week, meeting with Saudi King Abdullah, Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba.

The least Hollande could have done was toss the subject of the Sochi Games onto the table, too. Hollande is known for his pragmatism. If anyone with a non-ideological agenda is positioned to significantly influence the security of the Games, it's Hollande. And if reports from earlier this year are to be believed, Olympic security runs through Saudi Arabia.

Granted, Russia has the Saudis' noses out of joint at the moment. Russia competes with them for oil. Russia ruined their regime-change plans in Syria by making a deal with America to rid the country of weapons. Russia is also tight with Iran, whose state media, Al-Alam, reported this little nugget related to a purported meeting in Moscow last July between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan: "Bandar sought Russia's cooperation on several Mideast concerns, including Syria, and told Putin, 'I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics in the city of Sochi on the Black Sea next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us.'"

If Hollande can score $3 billion from the Saudis, he certainly has the leverage to step up and take one for Team Antiterrorism.

Rachel Marsden

Rachel Marsden is a columnist with Human Events Magazine, and Editor-In-Chief of GrandCentralPolitical News Syndicate.
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