Bernard-Henri Levy: Turning to Syria

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Bernard-Henri Levy speaks to French BFM TV channel on 4 July 2011 in Paris, prior to attending a meeting called "SOS Syria" with representatives of the Syrian opposition. (Photo: AFP - Bertrand Guay)

By: Othman Tazghart

Published Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Influential French Zionist Bernard-Henri Levy, who played a key role in NATO’s intervention in Libya, is now hoping to repeat the same scenario in Syria.

In a revealing installment of his weekly column Le Point magazine titled “Endgame in Syria,” French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy claims that Syrian opposition figures he’s in touch with are increasingly coming around to the view that military intervention, Libya-style, may be the only way to get rid of the regime in Damascus.

He ends his article with a quasi-official declaration of war on Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Levy, who bragged in his last book about the strong influence he has over French President Nicolas Sarkozy, confessed that the two conspired together to marginalize the French foreign ministry so that it would not impede NATO’s intervention in Libya.

In his recent column, Levy reveals secret efforts he has undertaken in the past few months to convince Syrian opposition figures to support him in what he calls the “Gaddafi theory.”

He argues that NATO intervention to overthrow the Libyan dictator has set a “precedent” in the 21st century for developing a new doctrine for toppling authoritarian regimes that shoot at their own people.

Levy goes on to affirm that the Syrian regime will be toppled along the lines of the Libyan scenario, adding that all that is left in Syria is “the final scene which has not been completely written yet.”

Levy, who is well-known for his Zionist views, revealed that his behind-the-scenes endeavor began six months ago with a meeting in London with former Syrian vice president Rifaat Assad.

Perhaps this explains Rifaat’s surprise appearance in Paris last week to call on the Assad family to step down, and for the Syrian people to take up arms against the regime.

Levy also confirms in his column that a number of Syrian opposition figures and military officers who have defected have told him in meetings and discussions he has held with them during the course of the uprising that they support “international intervention.”

On the other hand, Levy says that “a nascent regional power called Qatar” is behind the latest Arab League initiative on Syria, which is part of a plan inspired by the “Libyan precedent.”

Levy goes on to say: “As in Libya? Yes, as in Libya. It is the ‘Libyan precedent’ all over again. The same force, nay, the same forces producing the same effect. How do those involved not see it? What autism prevents Bashar Assad from understanding that the same coalition which toppled Gaddafi is coming together again to topple him?”

The most interesting piece of information revealed in Levy’s article is how a number of Syrian opposition figures he talked to shifted their position towards supporting “international intervention.”

“That had been a taboo until now. ‘Intervention’ was a word that ought not to be uttered. There were, even in France, Syrian opposition figures whom I met while preparing for a rally in solidarity with Syrian civilians this past summer who told me at the time that they would prefer to die than say the word ‘intervention’ or ‘international intervention’,” Levy wrote.

“This is the reason why we did not do in Syria what we did in Libya. Not because of double standards. This ‘moral scandal’ has many reasons and justifications, first among them is that Syrian opposition figures, unlike their Libyan counterparts, not only did not ask for intervention, but often opposed it. Their views however are beginning to change. And this is the reason why the regime in Damascus is doomed,” he continued.

“The war has been declared on Assad.”

This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.


I can't think of anything elegant with regards to BHL, alternative to BLT, except what an a**hole, and murderous to boot.

Jct; Who wouldn't have guessed that Bernard "Butcher of Libya" wouldn't have a hand in the butchery going on in Syria. His evil soul had to be involved in the deaths of so many people.

Ship this coward to the Front Lines. ANY politician or pundit who advocates for WAR ..... should be SENT THERE.

I agree with the annonomous poster that Levy is clearly a racist
Its his defining characteristic

He doesn't really try to hide it and openly advocates discrimination against muslims, so for instance he supports France banning traditional muslim clothing in public. He has also supported violent militant activity against various muslim majority nations

Dear Anonymous calling Bernard-Henri Levy an 'israeli racist', you clearly have racism issues as well. Everyone has biased opinions, but there is no point to put all your rage on calling people names and saying nonsense. So please, reconsider your statement/opinion before sharing it with everyone else.
Bernard-Henri Levy is indeed a philosopher, but you may see that as you are so narrow-minded as proven in your comment.
Try to get out of that bubble of yours and maybe you will see things from a different perspective. Ignorance is not a good thing to have ;)

Adam Curtis was spot on about this one! Warmongering in humanitarian disguise.

I am very surprised to read about this moron! Don't you know how cretin he can be? He claims to be a philosopher, he is nothing else than a mascarade! He studied a philosopher who never existed, he is so stupid but thanks to his money, he can buy a tribune in France. Thanks to the "CRIF" too. He recently said that what he did in Libya (the crimes they committed their, he called them adventure) was done because he was a jew and for the interests of Israel.
But the arabs, as Sharon said, can be humiliated and killed, they have no memory!
And I will add, they betray their own brothers.
This minus habens called BHL should be received with heavy shoes.
Syrians do not believe this israeli racist and murderer.

this is a new breed of philosophers. One that is direct and pragmatic and proudly short-sighted. Go forth Mr. BHL... help us arabs. But pace yourself please. You pretty soon will have to intervene in Yemen, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia...

I suppose Assad IS aware of what is going on.

Yet, a lot of well-minded supporters of Syria "revolution" are still kidding themselves about its true nature.

I am not talking here about CIA "expert" Cole, or NATO "support" enthusiast Achcar, but about people like cartoonist Khalil Bendib. How many times they should watch NATO/Saudi/Zionist rapes of different states before returning to their senses?

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