Saturday, June 1, 2013

What It Is Like to Have Green Tea with War Monger Bernard-Henri Lévy

Katie Rophie writes in NYT:
It is very likely that if you sit with Bernard-Henri Lévy over green tea in the lobby of the Carlyle hotel and he explains his wildly ambitious new exhibition at the Fondation Maeght in the South of France, you will not entirely understand the concept. You will worry that you are being airheaded for not following all the Kant and Goethe thrown around, but you will nonetheless be entirely persuaded that the exhibit is fascinating and important, because Lévy is nothing if not a truly great talker, a creator of excitement, a seducer of more cautious or less resourceful minds, even in his English, or maybe especially in his English, which he apologizes for with panache.
When he isn't having tea at the Carlye, he is quite the war monger. Wikipedia details some of it:

Lévy was one of the first French intellectuals to call for intervention in the Bosnian War in the 1990s. In March 2011, he engaged in talks with Libyan insurgents in Benghazi. He prompted and then supported Nicolas Sarkozy's seeking to persuade Washington, and ultimately the United Nations, to intervene in Libya.

Lévy argues for military intervention in Syria.

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