dimanche 30 août 2015

Bernard Lewis et la tartufferie de l'"antiracisme" de la LICRA

Bernard Lewis, Notes on a Century : Reflections of A Middle East Historian, Londres, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2012, p. 289-290 :

"The courts dismissed the three actions against both Le Monde and me and gave partial acceptance only to the civil action directed against me alone. My French friends were for the most part of the opinion that the whole interview and its subsequent development were a deliberate entrapment. The ensuing course of events lends considerable plausibility to this explanation. The court explicitly disclaimed any intention to “arbitrate and decide” historical polemics and controversies and ruled that “it is not for the court to evaluate and say whether the massacres committed from 1915 to 1917 against the Armenians do or do not constitute the crime of genocide as defined by law.” According to the judges I was required to do so even in the narrow compass of a newspaper interview. My opponents, on the other hand, even in books and articles, with ample space at their disposal, were free to ignore such argument or evidence and even to demand its suppression and the punishment of those who adduced it. Specifically they remain free to maintain their total disregard of the mass of published documents, as well as the many studies and monographs published by scholars of many nationalities and of different allegiances or none, unless they totally accept and reaffirm the view which the genocide proponents have maintained, unchanged for three-quarters of a century. Even to name this “the Armenian version,” as I did, and thus injure the feelings of those who uphold it is, in French law, a tort, the commision of which can give rise to an order for damages. There is no limitation on hurting Turkish feelings, whether by naming and condemning the “Turkish version,” by accusations of genocide directed not only against the alleged perpetrators but against the whole nation, past and present, or by either denying or approving the massacres of Turkish, Kurdish and other Muslim villagers by Armenian guerrillas. Some of the arguments and imputations of the prosecution—on the one hand alleging a continuity of Turkish genocide from the Armenians in 1915 to the Kurds at the present day, and on the other concerning the inadmissibility of Turkish scholars and of evidence adduced by them—suggest the kind of prejudice that the Forum of Armenian Associations' junior partner, the Ligue Internationale Contre le Racisme et l'Antisémitisme (LICRA), is pledged to oppose."

M. Lewis soulève ici deux points fondamentaux :

1. dénigrement ou obstruction systématiques face aux arguments de Turcs ou de non-Turcs, dès lors qu'ils sont à décharge ;

2. mais soutien ou tolérance systématiques (donc au mieux crédulité aveugle) pour les accusations portées contre la Turquie (même les plus démesurées).

Cela ne traduit-il pas une forme de préjugé raciste chez la LICRA et d'autres ?

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