Friday 16th of April 2021

mon dieu .....

mon dieu .....

As the war in Libya drags on, this piece in the Daily Beast fully explains the role of French President Sarkozy and the supposed French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy (BHL), a man who loves a good Western-led war to allegedly protect the innocent but he reveals his true side by blindly backing Israel at the expense of the Palestinians:

From the uprising's outset, the French president's objective was to take down Gaddafi, says an intelligence source close him. "We almost decided to do it ourselves," he adds. The French have a long history of unilateral interventions in Africa, including against Gaddafi in Chad in the 1980s. This time, however, they quickly found partners. The British under Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron were very much on board. So were the leading members of the Arab League, who had their own grudges against Gaddafi. But Sarkozy seemed practically obsessed.

It's worth remembering that Sarkozy once made a mission of bringing Gaddafi into the world's good graces. Just weeks after his election in 2007, the new French president outbid his European partners to ransom five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor who had been imprisoned in Libya for eight years and threatened with execution. And late that year, clearly hoping for huge contracts from a supposedly rehabilitated Gaddafi, Sarkozy spent almost a week playing host to him, only to be humiliated daily by the Libyan leader's outlandish demands. Gaddafi pitched his famous tent next to the presidential palace, at the 19th-century Hôtel de Marigny, and when Gaddafi decided to visit the Louvre on the spur of the moment, Sarkozy ordered the museum cleared. Still, the really big contracts did not materialize. Helping Libyans to get rid of their dictator might help wipe that memory clean.

But you can't just support an amorphous "uprising." You need somebody to call. Who could speak for the New Libya? Sarkozy had no idea.

At just that moment, BHL rang the Elysée Palace switchboard to tell the president he'd decided to go to the rebel capital of Benghazi. Sarkozy told BHL to let him know if he found any leaders among the fighters, and the self-styled intellectual swashbuckler needed no further encouragement. From Bosnia to Afghanistan, Iraq to Pakistan, BHL has always taken the side of those he saw as oppressed - and never failed to promote himself in the process. "BHL did the usual," says a close friend of Sarkozy. "You know, 'Save this! Save that!' But he did manage to push the system to do something that cannot now be undone."

Sarkozy and BHL used to be good friends. They went skiing together in Alpe d'Huez and vacationed on the Riviera. When BHL was pushing for intervention in Bosnia in the early 1990s, Sarkozy (a relatively junior minister in the cabinet of then prime minister Jacques Chirac) took BHL's side against formidable opponents like Alain Juppé, who was then, and is again, France's minister of foreign affairs.

The BHL-Sarkozy friendship turned icy during Sarkozy's 2007 presidential run. BHL backed the Socialist candidate and, adding ink to injury, published the story of Sarkozy's failed efforts to recruit him. "Now I hear the clannish, feudal, possibly brutal Sarkozy that his opponents have denounced, and which I never wanted to believe in," BHL wrote: "a man with a warrior vision of politics, who hystericizes relations, believes that those who aren't with him are against him, who doesn't care about ideas, who thinks interpersonal relations and friendship are the only things that matter."

Then Sarkozy's wife ditched him and Sarkozy hooked up with Carla Bruni, who had previously stolen the husband of BHL's daughter. To describe relations among the French elite as incestuous is almost literally true.

Even as BHL took off for Libya at the beginning of last month with Sarkozy's blessing, the relationship between the two remained uneasy. It was a mission on a wing and a prayer. Inveterate networker BHL knew no one in the country, in fact. He had to hitch a ride in a vegetable vendor's panel truck to get to Benghazi. And once he was there the protestors seemed to be losing the revolutionary fervor that had enabled them to seize half the populated areas of the country with scarcely a shot fired in the previous weeks. "What I smelled was the democratic revolution cooling down," BHL recalls. His cause was slipping away from beneath him. And at the same time, Gaddafi's forces had begun to regroup for a counteroffensive. So BHL grew bolder. With a lot of name-dropping, he got himself invited to a meeting of the newly named Interim National Transitional Council.

On a sketchy old satellite phone that shut off every few minutes, BHL repeatedly called Sarkozy - who put up with the interruptions - and brokered a deal for a Libyan delegation to be received in Paris at the presidential palace.

Two days later, on Monday, March 7, BHL was back in Paris, meeting with the president. Sarkozy said he'd take the extraordinary step of recognizing the rebels' government the following Thursday. Then BHL took an extraordinary step of his own. He asked Sarkozy to keep the whole thing a secret from the Germans, who were already expressing reservations about supporting the Libyan uprising - and also from French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé, who would, BHL insisted, "throw a wrench in the works."

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futés comme des fous...

Unless there is an improvement in the weather, the Sydney Fireworks will drown like rats’ farts… but we expect no less than a miracle. Meanwhile, Stan Grant reminds us of BHL, the French philosopher...



We all know (we all should) by now, how Sarkozy was playing a double game. He was getting cash from Gaddafi while planning to get rid of him. For anyone studying the secret not-so-secret history of Sarkozy, he was an American stooge who loved money. Back in 2006, we were told:

During outgoing President Jacques Chirac’s tenure, transatlantic relations have been the worst in decades. The low point came amid France’s boisterous opposition to the invasion of Iraq in 2003.


It spoke volumes that Sarkozy was the only French presidential candidate to visit the United States. On a highly publicized trip to Washington, he was photographed with President Bush. He also gave a strongly pro‐​American speech. Sarkozy told his audience that, “
Friendship is respect, understanding, affection but not submission … I ask our American friends to let us be free, free to be their friends.


In response, former Socialist Prime Minister Laurent Fabius proclaimed that Sarkozy was seeking to replace British Prime Minister Tony Blair as Bush’s “poodle.” A Royal aide labeled Sarkozy “an American neoconservative with a French passport,” a criticism that stuck to him for the campaign’s duration.

Read more:

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/french-president-sarkozy-american

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Here one could suspect that Sarkozy had been annointed by Washington to do the US dirty work in Europe. Was Sarkozy linked to the CIA? This is not such a stupid question. Patrick Basham went on:

Second, there will be a new American president within 21 months. Circumstance will force the next president, Republican or Democrat, to present a more pragmatic American face to the world.


The White House’s next inhabitant will occupy an office diminished in stature by his or her predecessor’s diplomatic failures. President Sarkozy will quietly offer to help his ally pick up the pieces.



By 2011, Sarkozy, Obama and UK’s David Cameron bombed Libya to remove Gaddafi — under false pretences, like the war on Saddam.

We don’t really know what was the true influence of BHL on this affair. or was he there to confirm the US resolve to eliminate Gaddafi — the petrodollar slayer and the Pan-African builder… For Sarkozy, what a better way to erase an illegal 45 million Euro debt — money “given to him” by Gaddafi for re-election — than get Gaddafi out of the picture… From the above article:


Then Sarkozy's wife ditched him and Sarkozy hooked up with Carla Bruni, who had previously stolen the husband of BHL's daughter. To describe relations among the French elite as incestuous is almost literally true.


Even as BHL took off for Libya at the beginning of last month with Sarkozy's blessing, the relationship between the two remained uneasy. It was a mission on a wing and a prayer. Inveterate networker BHL knew no one in the country, in fact. He had to hitch a ride in a vegetable vendor's panel truck to get to Benghazi. And once he was there the protestors seemed to be losing the revolutionary fervor that had enabled them to seize half the populated areas of the country with scarcely a shot fired in the previous weeks. "What I smelled was the democratic revolution cooling down," BHL recalls. His cause was slipping away from beneath him. And at the same time, Gaddafi's forces had begun to regroup for a counteroffensive. So BHL grew bolder. With a lot of name-dropping, he got himself invited to a meeting of the newly named Interim National Transitional Council.


On a sketchy old satellite phone that shut off every few minutes, BHL repeatedly called Sarkozy - who put up with the interruptions - and brokered a deal for a Libyan delegation to be received in Paris at the presidential palace.


Two days later, on Monday, March 7, BHL was back in Paris, meeting with the president. Sarkozy said he'd take the extraordinary step of recognizing the rebels' government the following Thursday. Then BHL took an extraordinary step of his own. He asked Sarkozy to keep the whole thing a secret from the Germans, who were already expressing reservations about supporting the Libyan uprising - and also from French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé, who would, BHL insisted, "throw a wrench in the works.”


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What was the works? It was to bullshit to destroy Libya… So one should not trust BHL like a fallen bar of soap on the wet tiles of a prison shower… This is my beef today with Stan Grant who quotes BHL:

Philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy, in his book The Virus in the Age of Madness, said: "Health becomes an obsession; all social and political problems are reduced to infections that must be treated."

Read more:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-27/covid-dominated-2020-democracy-at-a-crossroads/13010694

BHL is a rightwing bomber of ideas. Leave him alone to rot in his Jewish caca.

And oh, Stan please avoid the concept “...but the world is at a crossroads…” 

Fuck! The world has been at a crossroad every five minutes since humanity fell from its tree and started to become furless. That the crossroads are apparently more chaotic now is only due to the number of us and the size of our idiocy that has not changed our personal mix of goodness/nastiness, both being both learnt and inate. 

In a group we can behave badly as well. You mention a good guy, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who wrote of the "brutal character of the behaviour of all human collectives”. Is a deluded church a human collective? Is a brutal kingdom a human collective? Or is friendship society like the Quakers a human collective? Do we need a peaceful ruler at the top of a human collective and a media that promotes serenity ahead of crap? Stan writes:

Who have I turned to as a guide to process this year of upheaval? I have gone back to the 1930s and that time of roiling change and war, to a man who stood up to the worst of tyranny and paid for it with his life.

 


Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran pastor and philosopher who was imprisoned by the Nazis and later executed
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Here again, Dietrich Bonhoeffer would have been conflicted by his religious mentor, Martin Luther who hated the Jews and the Muslims with equal rage. Bonhoeffer did not like the cheap comforts of religious beliefs:

"Cheap grace is preaching forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession. … Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate."

... Bonhoeffer signed up with the German secret service (to serve as a double agent—while traveling to church conferences over Europe, he was supposed to be collecting information about the places he visited, but he was, instead, trying to help Jews escape Nazi oppression). Bonhoeffer also became a part of a plot to overthrow, and later to assassinate, Hitler… A good man. Captured in 1943, on April 9, 1945, one month before Germany surrendered, he was hanged with six other plotters.

His friend, Pastor Martin Niemöller is famous for “First They Came….”


First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a socialist.


Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a trade unionist.


Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Jew.


Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.



That’s the most well-known version and construction of this statement about the consequences of standing by while something immoral is happening, of the responsibility of the bystanders. And it implies the burden of guilt that these bystanders live with in the wake of such events.


Pastor Martin Niemöller was a German Lutheran pastor, and a theologian, who had a very intriguing and complex life. Born in 1892, the son of a Lutheran pastor, Niemöller’s first career was as a submarine commander for the German Navy during World War I. Apparently, he was a pretty good sub commander, and was awarded the Iron Cross at the end of the war. 


Rather than stay in the Navy, he decided to become a pastor in the Lutheran church after the war, and was ordained in 1924. Given that he was the author of the famous “First they came…” “poem,” it will probably surprise many of you that he was an early supporter of Hitler and the National Socialists (the Nazis). Like a great many Lutheran pastors and churchmen, Niemöller was a social and political conservative, and was greatly distressed by what he saw as the decline in German prestige in Europe after World War I. He thought that Hitler’s emphasis on German national pride and his promises to bring about a recovery of its national pride and respect among other European countries was what was needed.


https://professorbuzzkill.com/niemoller-first-they-came/

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Stan tells us:

The killing of an Iranian general threatened war; a virus took our lives; China is poised to write the future; and the West wonders what the future will be.

What will 2021 bring? We know one thing, after this year we should know now what we face. As Levy says "humanity can choose between denial and delirium, neurosis and psychosis.

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Gus to Grant: Levy is a French pessimist idiot. We need more than a delirious miracle… I mean we need to become a bit smarter, not only this WE ARE SMARTER ALREADY… But most of our politicians are as smart as rats going down inside drainpipes, while escaping the deluge. “Futés comme des fous” ("smart like mad people") says my friend Jules Letambour.

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Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been found guilty of trying to bribe a judge and of influence peddling and has been sentenced to three years in jail, with two years suspended.

 

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The confidentiality of communications between a lawyer and his client was a major point of contention in the trial.

"You have in front of you a man of whom more that 3,700 private conversations have been wiretapped," Sarkozy said during the trial.

"What did I do to deserve that?" 

Sarkozy's defence lawyer, Jacqueline Laffont, argued the whole case was based on "small talk" between a lawyer and his client.

The court concluded that the use of wiretapped conversations was legal as long as they helped show evidence of corruption-related offenses.

Sarkozy withdrew from active politics after failing to be chosen as his conservative party's presidential candidate for France's 2017 election, won by Emmanuel Macron.

He remains very popular amid right-wing voters, however, and plays a major role behind the scenes, including through maintaining a relationship with Mr Macron, whom he is said to advise on certain topics.

Sarkozy's two co-defendants were also found guilty and given the same sentence as Sarkozy.

Sarkozy will face another trial later this month along with 13 other people on charges of illegal financing of his 2012 presidential campaign.

 

Read more:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-02/former-french-president-nicolas-sarkozy-guilty-corruption/13204944

 

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