Philosopher of fake pleasing the declining West

What a pompous buffoon! In my view, he embodies the intellectual and moral decay of that elite-West which admires him as a leading philosopher and French intellectual in spite of the fact that he is unable to see a complex problem without making it into a black-and-white, good-and-evil thing and the West/US/NATO/France of curse always on the Good side.

No matter where he goes. And he goes a lot. Also to be photographed. Like an explorer of unchartered territories in the good old colonial times.

I am talking about Bernard Henry-Lévy – BHL.

It’s comforting to see that The Times of Israel does distance itself from him towards the end – but of course, he anyhow gets front-page coverage because of his blind Zionist advocacy.

In my view, this appearance-obsessed dandy’s war-cheering and human rights engagement has never been anything but a tool of his own narcissistic personality. No, I do not know him personally and never read any of his books – but I have seen his shorter articles, interview and video conversation over quite a few years, first concerning Yugoslavia.

The Times of Israel writes that his documentary from Ukraine is a “montage that features Lévy in almost every frame, striding confidently alongside Ukrainian fighters through bombed-out streets while dressed in an impeccable suit” and paying only scant attention to Ukrainians…

Listen to his BHL BS trying to explain that: Lévy said in a post-screening interview with The Times of Israel that the documentary featured a lot of footage of himself because he felt that was the most accurate portrayal of the situation.

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“I think this is the best way to be honest, not to pretend,” said Lévy. “I don’t pretend to be an objective or exhaustive person. I just say what I saw, what I think, and what I conclude. For me, subjectivity is a precondition of fairness and honesty.”

So, the more subjective, without taking into account other perspectives but your own, the more honest and fair. I think I learned otherwise when I started out in social science 52 years ago.

BHL also says that he believed – until Ukraine, that is – “that liberalism and democracy will prevail all over the world that all the nations will become wise.” Western mission civilisatrice – what a philosophy!

And in spite of having endorsed wars – even instigated the one on Libya by calling his corrupt friend Zarkosy – he has the guts to call himself a pacifist! “Speaking after the screening in Tel Aviv, Lévy referred to himself as a pacifist, but a large portion of the documentary footage is Lévy visiting bunkers on the front lines and handling large weapons with an approving gaze.”

It’s a short and incredibly telling article about the ever more intensive Western intellectual and moral decline.

And about the philosopher of fake.

• Below BHL’s photo gallery of himself in various warzones on his homepage.

• Having worked in quite a few war zones myself, there is one thing I know: You never use he local environment of death and destruction as a stage to highlight yourself.

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  1. Interesting personality, seen from a psychological and pathological perspective. An example of a blind believer of the idea that intellect works independantly of empathy & emotions – paradoxically he is like a volcano, which hides inside a melting pool of emotions under pressure, without any connection to his intellect. So he erupts in the same way, basically uncontrollable for himself or others, all the time – and with the same devastating effect as a pyroclastic cloud. A typical character in our times, unfortunately – like if a kind of evil spirit of time is creating or appealing to those kind of people.

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