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2011/05/23

DSK's Arrest Is Akin to French Socialists' "September 11", One Leftist Leader Says


Refusing as usual to see any tragedy involving Americans (or capitalists) as …tragic, while magnifying every one of their own (alleged) misfortunes — as well as any adversity occurring anywhere, so long as it is allegedly the result of misdeeds committed by clueless Americans and/or by evil capitalists — one Frenchman, a leader of DSK's fellow socialists, calls Dominique Strausss-Kahn's arrest and downfall the equivalent of September 11, Patrick Roger reports in Le Monde.
Pour les députés socialistes, c'est comme si le ciel leur était tombé sur la tête. « C'est notre 11 septembre [2001] à nous », confie un responsable du groupe. Tous sont totalement abattus.
This follows a tradition in France and Europe — especially among commentators, intellectuals, and cartoonists — of trivializing 9-11 and making inappropriate references about 911

And in this case, the false analogy leads one Le Monde reader to react:
Le 11 septembre 2001 : 3 000 morts ce jour-là, et innombrablement plus par la suite (Afghanistan, Irak...). L'affaire Strauss-Kahn : une victime certainement, et peut-être deux, car quelle que soit l'issue du procès, la carrière politique du directeur général du FMI semble singulièrement compromise. En tout état de cause, zéro mort. Le responsable du groupe socialiste à l'Assemblée nationale qui a cru bon d'affirmer que l'affaire Strauss-Kahn, " c'est notre 11-Septembre à nous ", manque du sens des mots, du sens de la mesure et du sens de la pudeur, tout simplement.

Edouard Reichenbach
Antony (Hauts-de-Seine)

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