The Impostor: BHL in Wonderland (Counterblasts)

By Jade Lindgaard

How will we clarify what Perry Anderson calls “the extraordinary prominence of Bernard-Henri Lévy,” simply the best-known “thinker” less than sixty in France? “It would,” he maintains, “be tough to visualize a extra notable reversal of nationwide criteria of style and intelligence than the eye accorded this crass booby in France’s public sphere, regardless of innumerable demonstrations of his lack of ability to get a truth or an concept directly. may well the sort of ugly flourish in the other significant Western tradition today?”

This publication, in response to a cautious research evaluating BHL’s phrases together with his deeds, seeks to discover the notable endurance of this superstar pseudo-philosopher considering the fact that he burst onto the scene in 1977. Delving into his networks within the spheres of politics, the media and large enterprise, Lindgaard and de l. a. Porte demonstrate what the good fortune of this three-decade lengthy imposture tells us in regards to the degeneration of up to date French highbrow and cultural lifestyles.

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290), ‘foaming on the mouth, his face bathed in sweat’, who ‘brandishes a rock on the windshield’. In one other elision, Bernard-Henri Lévy mentions thinly and in passing, because it have been among sentences (p. 70), the main self-importance reasonable piece by way of the yankee investigative journalist Robert Sam Anson. beginning in August 2002, Anson had tracked down in amazing aspect the mechanisms of the catch that stuck Pearl. within the article, he stated the inside track tale written through Pearl and his Wall road magazine colleague Steve LeVine on hyperlinks among ISI and an ostensibly ‘humanitarian’ association, Ummah Tameer-e-Nau, led by means of Bashiruddin Mahmood, former head of Pakistan’s nuclear programme, accused of leaking nuclear secrets and techniques to Bin encumbered. Anson additionally comparable one other of the yank journalist’s scoops on Jaish-e-Mohammed, a gaggle of Islamist radicals identified for its violence and entirely energetic regardless of being banned via Musharraf. Then got here what prompted Pearl’s deadly curiosity: a section within the Boston Globe79 revealing that, in line with legitimate US resources, the ‘shoe bomber’ Richard Reid80 had belonged to a little-known Islamist staff, Jamaat ul-Fuqra, led via a mysterious determine known as Sheikh Mubarak Ali Shah Gilani who had now not been interviewed through a journalist in ten years. Anson defined the efforts to dissuade him by way of his touch Khalid Khawaja, an Islamist militant and ex-ISI agent, and Pearl’s choice to get the interview regardless of all warnings. He instructs his assistant, Asif Furuqi, who makes touch, via a pal, with a person claiming to be in contact with Gilani – an individual Furuqi doesn't become aware of is Omar Sheikh. The terrorist’s capture is prepared for the yank. a considerable a part of what Bernard-Henri Lévy claims to have exposed at such chance, placing himself tiresomely within the highlight over greater than three hundred pages, was once already set down listed here, in infinitely higher and extra exact aspect and with some distance fewer dicy allegations than within the Frenchman’s ebook, which seemed approximately seven months later. Bernard-Henri Lévy claims to illustrate his thesis with insignificant info, whereas over and over ignoring what the experts say. the end result doesn’t carry water. the main critical mistakes quandary Omar Sheikh, the mind in the back of Pearl’s trap (for which he has been condemned to dying) and a relevant personality within the booklet. First, notwithstanding, he waffles a piece at the approach his interlocutors say Omar Sheikh’s identify (p. 78). eighty one extra heavily, he offers the British terrorist because the lynchpin of a meant target alliance among the ISI and Al Qaeda (p. 398). one of many major conclusions of his publication is that, in influence, Pearl was once killed simply because he used to be investigating hyperlinks among ISI and Al Qaeda and since he was once ‘busy collecting evidence of Pakistan’s collusion with the major rogue states and terrorist networks of the world’, by way of a double video game effectively covering ‘the so much fearsome operations of nuclear proliferation’ (p. 446) in passing to Al Qaeda the systems and fabrics had to make a nuclear weapon.

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