Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Quote of the Day


"What I know is that nothing, no suspicion whatever (for let’s remind ourselves that, as I write these lines, we are dealing only with suspicions!), permits the entire world to revel in the spectacle, this morning, of this handcuffed figure, his features blurred by 30 hours of detention and questioning, but still proud... And what I know even more is that the Strauss-Kahn I know, who has been my friend for 20 years and who will remain my friend, bears no resemblance to this monster, this caveman, this insatiable and malevolent beast now being described nearly everywhere. Charming, seductive, yes, certainly; a friend to women and, first of all, to his own woman, naturally, but this brutal and violent individual, this wild animal, this primate, obviously no, it’s absurd... I am troubled by a system of justice modestly termed 'accusatory,' meaning that anyone can come along and accuse another fellow of any crime."

-- Bernard-Henri Lévy

I went looking for it, and lo and behold there it was like a gift from the Google gods.

You could've counted the seconds between the arrest of IMF Chief Dominique Strauss Kahn on rape charges and the inevitable outraged defense of him penned by impossibly pompous turd Bernard-Henri Lévy.

I can seriously imagine Lévy stalking around his palatial Parisian home -- his white dress shirt unbuttoned down to his cock, a stern look on his face, his hands alternating between flailing wildly and running through his fashionably unkempt mane -- ranting to no one, "Sacre bleu! Zees ees an injustees!"

If you haven't just eaten lunch, go ahead and take a look at this thing. It's classic Lévy in that it reads like a primer on how to be a French cliché -- all self-satisfied faux-intellectualism, cultural condescension and macho Eurotrash bravado.

9 comments:

David said...

FYI your link near the end of your post is broken.

Heather said...

All justice systems are pretty much "accusatory;" that's kind of how it works isn't it You go in, make an accusation, and the police act on it. Whether it is true or not remains to be seen, that is for the lawyers to uncover. At the same time, of course he doesn't seem that way to Lévy because Lévy is a man. Why would you see that side of another man unless he was trying to force you into something? I guess that according to his thinking, all women should just shut up and take it because this is the second rape charge where he is defending the rapist. As a woman I wouldn't go anywhere near this guy, who is clearly showing you what he believes.

Chez said...

Thanks, David -- it's fixed.

John Foley said...

This is basically the opposite of shocking. Bernard-Henri Lévy, you might remember, is the same man who has dedicated years of his life to the defense of his other good friend- that upstanding French citizen Roman Polanski. It's hard to think of anyone with less credibility.

QueBarbara said...

Did you see Ben Stein's similar outrage?
http://spectator.org/archives/2011/05/17/presumed-innocent-anyone

What an ass.

namron said...

Never trust a grown man with hyphenated last names.

NoxiousNan said...

I just read the Stein rant and comments. I need a drink and a shower and another drink. ugh.

Chez said...

Jason Linkins's commentary on both at HuffPo is pretty good:

"Levy and Stein find themselves offering up the same response -- two of the World's Most Interesting Men, defending another Interesting Man, on the grounds that the privilege all enjoy makes the crime inconceivable on its face."

QueBarbara said...

Sorry about the broken link, I must have missed the closing HTML tag.