Hypocrisy is the state of promoting or trying to enforce standards, attitudes, lifestyles, virtues, beliefs, principles, etc., that one does not actually hold.
Libya’s Nightmarish Winter
A Collective Ignorance
by Murray Dobbin, CounterPunch 27-2-1013
The West’s hypocrisy and oil-greed are coming home to roost with a vengeance in Libya as the Arab spring in that country turns into a nightmarish winter characterized by armed gangs, economic collapse, a decline in services by an incompetent government and increasing political domination by radical Islamists. …
The notion that getting rid of Gaddafi was somehow going to bring liberal democracy to this oil-rich country was never believed by the Western powers, including Canada, who brought about his downfall. …
Western powers knew the risk they were taking and took it anyway. They are no doubt busy doing their own calculations – a cost benefit analysis of regime change and its grotesque blowback.
Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said of Ghahafi’s brutal, summary execution: “We came, we saw, he died.” Then she laughed. It was a repulsive performance…
Hillary Clinton: “We came, we saw, he died…”
It’s hard to know if the arrogance of the West is rooted in willful ignorance or hubris but the governments involved in regime change, including our own, should have known the inevitable outcome of their actions. …
The combination of government incompetence, the politics of revenge and the Islamist suspicion of any kind of secular governance means that the economy is in a downward spiral… Obsessed with religion and purifying Libyan society the last thing on the Islamists minds is a functioning economy….
So, if Western governments knew that the “revolution” would result in chaos and another Islamist state what could possibly make such a result worthwhile?
Matthew 7:5: You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
Bernard-Henri Levy & The Arab Awakening
By William Pfaff, Truthdig 16-10-2012
From the beginning of the Arab Awakening my opinion has been to stay out of these events, as far as possible, and certainly not to attempt to control them. To do so has seemed certain to fail and leave the Western countries suffering serious collateral damage.
Then France, on the urging of a fashionable intellectual, Bernard-Henri Levy, and an impulsive President Nicolas Sarkozy, drew Britain, NATO and the U.S. into the revolt in Libya… The situation worked for a time but slipped out of anyone’s control with the attack on the American ambassador and his team…
Syria is in a civil war, being fought in the shadows of a Shia-Sunni religious confrontation… The U.S. reportedly is involved in arming the Sunni rebels, among whom Islamic fundamentalists are an increasing presence… Israel continues its undercover war against Iran. I find it hard to believe that the United States, or almost anyone else, can benefit from all this…
The Philosophy of War
Bernard-Henri Lévy’s Role in Libya
By Mathieu von Rohr, Spiegel 4-4-2012
What does this man in a suit and open-collared shirt want from me? That seems to be the question that Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, leader of the Libyan rebels, was asking himself the first time he sat across from the French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy.
The surreal scene took place on March 5, 2011 in Benghazi, only hours before the Libyan National Transitional Council was officially constituted, and two weeks before French fighter jets began bombing Libyan tanks….
Next to Abdul-Jalil, the Frenchman looks as out of place as a well-dressed philosopher with long, wavy hair can look in a war zone. …
“Mr. Abdul-Jalil,” Lévy says solemnly, speaking French. “I am no politician. I am no man of action. I am merely a writer. But like you, I believe that it is better to act than to speak.”
A man off-screen translates, while another man asks impatiently: “Do you have a letter from the international community?”
“Give me five minutes!” Lévy replies. Then he continues in English: “Since my arrival, I have recognized that we can provide you with three things,” which he then proceeds to list: First, a no-fly zone, and second, the bombardment of the airports in Sabha and Sirt, and of then Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s bunker in Tripoli. Third, Lévy says, Gadhafi can no longer be accepted as Libya’s representative internationally…”
Abdul-Jalil listens motionlessly. Lévy is improvising the speech of his life.
“Now, I have a friend – in France,” he says. “Who is Mr. Sarkozy. I’m not a partisan of Sarkozy, but we are friends. Personal friends.
We will take the plane tomorrow, we are in Paris Monday morning and President Sarkozy will receive you and with all the others — or your representatives — at Palais de l’Élysée. This is the first step toward recognition. France will be the first country to officially receive the head of your council.”
Roussel, the photographer who filmed the scene, still finds it spellbinding today. “That was the decisive moment when I realized that something unbelievable was happening in front of me. So I started filming.”
He laughs. “What a monumental bluff,” he says. “He had to have a lot of guts to make such an offer without having spoken with Sarkozy first. I still remember what I said to Bernard afterwards: And what do we do now? He replied: That’s easy. Now we call Sarkozy.”
The president asked for some time to think about it. After two hours, he called back to announce that he would receive Abdul-Jalil in Paris.
Things went very quickly after that. The Libyans came to the Elysée Palace, and French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé was furious because he was only told about the meeting afterwards. France recognized the Transitional Council as Libya’s government and convinced the Americans and the British to follow suit.
On March 19, hardly 48 hours after the United Nations Security Council had adopted its resolution on Libya, French jets attacked Gadhafi’s tanks. A philosopher in a white Dior shirt had led the West into war.
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Bernard-Henri Levy would not have gone to Libya
had “he not been Jewish”, RTL.France 24-11-2011
French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy said that “it is as a Jew“ that he “participated in the political adventure in Libya,” in the first National Convention organized by the Representative Council of Jewish Organizations of France (CRIF).
“I would not have done if I had not been Jewish,” said the philosopher, before an audience of nearly 900 people, meeting in Paris, adding: “I wore my flag in fidelity to my name and my loyalty to Zionism and Israel.“
Invited to speak on this subject, Bernard-Henri Levy, who published a book its action in Libya, explained the reasons which led to eight months ago to engage in the fight against the regime of Colonel Gaddafi, who was killed Oct. 20 last by the rebels near the NTC.
“I find it sometimes come to be proud to be French “ ”What I did during those few months, I’ve done for many reasons. First as French…“
“I did it for reasons even more important” , he said: “the belief in the universality of human rights…”
“We were dealing with one of
the worst enemies of Israel”
“There is another reason which little has been said, but on which I have yet many extended: that public, which has never let go is that I was Jewish…”
”What I have done all these months, I did as a Jew. And like all Jews of the world, I was worried . Despite the legitimate anxiety is an uprising to be welcomed with favor, we were dealing with one of the worst enemies of Israel. “ (RTL France 2012)