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Wednesday, February 21, 2007
LePen 'fesses up

Throwing in the towel? Heck no: he's throwing it on!

To anyone who has ever wondered whether Jean-Marie LePen is just a misunderstood conservative, or whether's he's an outright neo-nazi as charged: the evidence for the latter, which has mounted over the years, is now clear and convincing, s'il faut en croire this:
Paris - French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen has dismissed the September 11, 2001 attacks as an "incident", saying the death toll of 3 000 was equal to the number of people killed in Iraq in a month.

Le Pen made the comment in an interview published on Wednesday with the Catholic newspaper La Croix during which he praised Islamic leaders for condemning the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon.

9/11 polarized some people in a way not enough remarked upon: those (like me) who felt that that event clarified the unity of "the West," good and bad elements alike, against radical Islam, versus those who, while rightly deploring the decadent aspects of the modern West, foolishly find there a ground for coalescing with radical Islam.

Nice of him, to be sure, to "praise Islamic leaders for condemning the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon," but does he have anything to say to the Islamic leaders who directed those attacks? Or to the rank and file who danced in the streets when they heard about it?

The background issue, sometimes addressed candidly, sometimes not, is that of what people think about "the Jews." Under the first view described above, the state of Israel (generally speaking), and those Jews willing to stand as men of the West, are part of the solution. For those who hold the latter view, "the Jews" are part of the problem, a source of the decadence against which the hijackers launched those airplanes, and the sole beneficiaries of anything the U.S. does to combat terrorism.

It would not be going too far to say that this blog is dedicated, in substantial part, to upholding the first view and combatting the latter.

It may also be of interest that the LePen interview cited above appeared in La Croix, the French Catholic paper that, 100+ years ago, was the leading organ of the anti-Dreyfusards.

Plus ├ža change, non?