[Marxism] Their Morals and Ours
lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Jul 6 08:00:51 MDT 2008
>For those interested in exploring these questions further, last
>night I watched
>the fascinating film "Terror's Advocate," about French lawyer
>Jacques Vergès and
>his defense of Algerian and Palestinian (and many other) "terrorists." Well
>More extensive comments and links:
Here was my take:
The Terror's Advocate
A documentary on French lawyer Jacques Vergès, who is that country's
version of Ramsey Clark but even more defiant in his willingness to
stand up to the warmongering pieties of people like Bernard Kouchner.
Vergès, a WWII veteran, was born to a French father who was serving
as a diplomat on Réunion island and a Vietnamese mother. He became a
lawyer after the war and defended Djamila Bouhired, the woman who was
depicted blowing up the Algiers café in Pontecorvo's movie. They
later married and had two children. Vergès, no exemplary as a human
being, abandoned his family and returned to Paris, where he began
practicing law after a 7 year "disappearance" and on the same basis
as years past. He agreed to defend some of the imperialist world's
most hated enemies, from Slobodan Milosevic to Saddam Hussein.
He even decided to defend Klaus Barbie, but on a completely
unexpected basis. Rather than trying to prove his innocence, he
turned the tables on the prosecution, pointing out that Barbie did
nothing different in France than they did in Algeria. One of director
Barbet Schroeder's main goals is to prove that Vergès is some kind of
crypto-Nazi. Not only is the defense of Barbie held against him,
there is an amalgam made with Francois Genoud, a Nazi sympathizer who
financed Barbie's defense as well as donating money to Palestinian
resistance groups that Vergès was defending in court. Basically,
Schroeder has made a film that is consistent with the "Islamofascism"
narrative spun out by Paul Berman, Christopher Hitchens and others.
What redeems this film is Vergès ample opportunity to make his own
case, which is far more convincing than his detractors. In an
interview with Schroeder that can be read on the film's website, the
director states that he initially saw the world like Vergès but
eventually had a change of heart: "I felt very close to the Algerian
cause, but shortly after independence, Ben Bella made a speech saying
that, now, they were going to take care of Israel and I was shocked.
At that time, I knew a lot about the Holocaust, and nothing about the
Palestinian cause, and for me it was a crushing disappointment,
seeing this great struggle ending up in one country's waging war
against another." I would say that Schroeder still knows nothing
about the Palestinian cause. "The Terror's Advocate" is now available in DVD.
More information about the Marxism