Tuesday, May 17, 2011

My Tribe, rules don't apply: Jewish Bernard-Henri Levy follows up defense of Jewish rapist Polanski with defense of Jewish alleged rapist Strauss-Kahn

Why Can Bernard-Henri Levy Excuse Rape And Still Be Taken Seriously?

(HuffingtonPost) -- by Asher Smith --

There was no advanced script for how to react to Saturday's arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Shock was a reasonable response. Suspicion, too, as well as indignation aimed at the man with a history of reckless sexual behavior whose arrest has thrown the IMF into disarray.

Famed French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy, though, saw this as an opportunity to place the blame precisely where he felt it belonged: with the American system of justice, with the global media and with the woman who has come forward with her own tale of sexual assault at the hands of Strauss-Kahn. In an essay authored by Lévy for his own blog and for the Daily Beast, the public intellectual had harsh words for "the American judge who ... pretended to take him for a subject of justice like any other." (Who ever heard of such a notion?) Strauss-Kahn may deserve the benefit of the doubt in Lévy's eyes, but he has none for Tristane Banon, who has accused Strauss-Kahn of a 2002 attack. "This other young woman, this one French, pretends to have been the victim of the same kind of attempted rape," Lévy writes, "but, sensing the golden opportunity, whips out her old dossier and comes to flog it on television."

American observers were bemused and horrified. Matt Duss, a national security policy analyst at the Center for American Progress, tweeted: "Bernard Henri-Levy singlehandedly making me rethink the whole freedom fries thing." A day later, Gawker and Tom Scocca took notice.

Yet for those with memories extending beyond the present news cycle, Lévy's stance is hardly a surprise. In September 2009, Lévy led an effort to mobilize artists and writers on behalf of another accused rapist -- Roman Polanski. During that same period, Levy took to a number of outlets -- including the Huffington Post -- to remind the world that "there are degrees in the scale of crimes." Polanski's admitted crime against a 13 year old girl was a small matter, Lévy suggested, when seen with the proper perspective.

Lévy's Q-rating, however, barely suffered from this conspicuous public defense of rape. The New York Times review of his most recent book did not allude to the matter. Stephen Colbert -- an incisive interviewer, despite his habit of conducting interrogations in character -- also failed to question Lévy about Polanski when the philosopher came on his show in January. The Daily Beast also neglected to bring up the issue when it interviewed Lévy earlier this year...MORE...LINK
Bernard-Henri Levy (left) apparently believes the Goyim's laws shouldn't be imposed upon "the Chosen", including alleged rapists like Strauss-Kahn; Is this the Jewish equivalent of sharia? (photo source)

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