Not Everyone is Someone

Justin Raimondo, May 20, 2011

The flap over IMF honcho Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s apparent rape of a hotel maid has the chattering classes nattering a mile a minute, and I’ve so far resisted the temptation to comment, but what’s interesting is who’s defending DSK. Leading the charge: Bernard Henri-Levy, whose unbuttoned shirts and all-around phoniness have made him the subject of widespread ridicule. His earlier piece is the Daily Beast merely hinted at his evil-ness, which was given full-throated expression in an interview with French radio [translation: hat tip, Harry's Place]:

Interviewer: “There’s an argument in the United States, that we should treat everyone the same, the powerful like anyone else, what do you say?”

BHL: “Well it’s absolutely disgusting because we know that not everyone is the same. We know that someone like Dominique Strauss-Kahn is obviously treated in a different way. We know that he was photographed in a certain way, in order to humiliate him, looking out for the slightest tremor in his face, blasting him with photo after photo. We know all this. So it’s a false argument. Of course, democracy says that we must treat everyone in the same way, but not everyone is everyone. He’s the President of the IMF, the man who was about to be a candidate to run for the President of the French Republic.”

This puts into perspective BHL’s key role in pushing the French into bombing Libya: the Little People who will suffer the consequences of this murderous — and futile —  policy don’t matter, because, after all, “not everyone is everyone.”

Put another way: not everyone is Someone. Our transnational elites can do what they want with us peons, as they jet around the world looking for ways to demonstrate their transcendance of traditional morality. They are beyond good and evil, and the rest of us can go to hell.

BHL is right: it is absolutely disgusting, albeit not in the way he means it.




13 Responses to “Not Everyone is Someone”

  1. Could it be our know-it-all crusaders, so adept at sanctimonious grudge matches, are showing their true faces?

  2. Interesting take on this story in an article by Robert Wenzel linked from LRC:

    "The Case for IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn Being Set-Up" http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2011/05/case

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  4. The translation seems iffy. To me the obivous point appears to be that the average bloke would not get treated by the press in this manner or would his reputation and job prospects be lost even before a trial. The remarks made by BHL must be seen in the light of the French disgust in general of the press freedom in the US when it comes to cases like this.

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  6. The maid making the allegation is a legal immigrant and a member of a union. Those factors in this case are why the maid felt emboldened enough to make the accusation and we are even discussing this.

    A lot of people are trying to find a conspiracy, alleging DSK has been "Spitzered". Right now such theories don't appear to hold up. It looks like DSK's groping ways finally caught up with him and he couldn't be covered for any more.

  7. Well done, Justin old boy, you've done it again.

    You're a nattering nabob of positivity.

  8. The Libyan war is not about democracy nor is about Libyan oil or anything in that regard.., is about stopping African Union and its progress toward a unity of all African country and Barack Hussein Obama and French president Sarkozi so as Cameron know about it. Sarkozi is a thieve so is the Americans government whom is withholding the Libyan peoples assets in US. Is $32 billion dollars and that is why there is a war in Libya and Muslim Brotherhood and Saudis are part of it.., what they are trying to do is first to sallow the Libyan assets then for NATO to have a military base in Libya where they eventually proceed and have more military bases in African Horn Country protecting Saudis from Red Sea stopping the African Unifications by all means . That is what is going on behind the closed doors and that is why there is rape accusation against IMF former president Khan.., read this:

    AFRICAN MONETARY FUND, AFRICAN CENTRAL BANK, AFRICAN INVESTMENT BANK

    The US$30 billion frozen by Mr Obama belong to the Libyan Central Bank and had been earmarked as the Libyan contribution to three key projects which would add the finishing touches to the African federation – the African Investment Bank in Syrte, Libya, the establishment in 2011 of the African Monetary Fund to be based in Yaounde with a US$42 billion capital fund and the Abuja-based African Central Bank in Nigeria which when it starts printing African money will ring the death knell for the CFA franc through which Paris has been able to maintain its hold on some African countries for the last fifty years. It is easy to understand the French wrath against Gaddafi.

    The African Monetary Fund is expected to totally supplant the African activities of the International Monetary Fund which, with only US$25 billion, was able to bring an entire continent to its knees and make it swallow questionable privatisation like forcing African countries to move from public to private monopolies. No surprise then that on 16-17 December 2010, the Africans unanimously rejected attempts by Western countries to join the African Monetary Fund, saying it was open only to African nations.
    http://www.rightsmonitoring.org/2011/04/why-the-w

    That is why there is a war and that is why US/NATO are nothing but a militarism regimes wanting to be the pirates of the world stealing the people assets at the same time.., this is the nature of capitalism.

  9. It's worth mentioning that Dominique Strauss-Kahn is an Israel-firster:

    “I consider that every Jew in the diaspora, wherever he is, and thus this holds true for France, should contribute to helping Israel. Moreover that is why it is important for Jews to assume political responsibilities. Not everyone in the Jewish community thinks so, but I believe it is necessary. […] To sum it up, in my functions and in my daily life, through all my actions, I do what I can to contribute my modest stone to the construction of the land of Israel”
    http://counterpunch.org/johnstone05172011.html

    After his arrest, some in the Israeli press were bemoaning that they might have lost out on the chance of getting a more pro-Israel French president.

  10. What the odious Levy means is that DSK, like Levy, is a Jew, a higher form of existence to African chambermaids.

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