France may not want to go to war in Iraq, but seems to have no qualms about starting a trade war with a neighbor -- slapping tax on Belgian beers. Excerpt: French Beer Tax Upsets Belgian Brewers By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Filed at 12:49 a.m. ET CHIMAY, Belgium (AP) -- Father Omer lifted his head from the huge vat where his beloved Trappist ale was brewing to address an issue which is vexing producers of Belgium's great beers. "The French are playing tricks on us,'' the soft-spoken monk said, before offering a more saintly thought. "But, of course, we still love them.'' Seemingly out of the blue, the French government is moving to impose a steep tax on beers with over 8.5 percent of alcohol content, threatening to put many of Belgium's famed specialty brews in serious trouble. It will cut out their prime export market and jeopardize several microbreweries who have helped forge Belgium's gastronomic image around the world. "I see nothing good coming from this kind of trade war,'' said Belgian Foreign Trade Minister Annemie Neyts in an interview Tuesday, arguing France was trying to curb the growth of Belgian specialty beers on its market at the expense of local beverages. "Too bad they have gone down this road.'' More: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/business/AP-Belgian-Brewing-Battle.html I guess the appropriate response is for Belgion to levy a large tax on imported wine and cheeses.