Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cohn-Bendit Says It's Time to Move On

Here:
Daniel Cohn-Bendit revient sur l'affaire Strauss-Kahn : "J'ai soutenu DSK, il incarnait un espoir de battre Sarkozy. Mais ceux qui disaient cela, comme moi, mettaient de côté toute discussion sur sa personnalité.
Or, le train a déraillé. La gauche a perdu un bon candidat, mais c'était un bon candidat abstraitement.
Politiquement il faut tourner la page, DSK ne sera pas candidat à la présidentielle".
Absolutely right. DSK was a hope, but he was "a good candidate abstractly" only. He had not yet proven his ability to persuade the public, to make contact with ordinary people. He might have fallen on his face if the heavens hadn't fallen on him first. The left therefore has work to do, but it had work to do before the fall as well. It's now time to tear ourselves away from the appalling train wreck and get back to work.

9 comments:

Cincinna said...

@Art
  I find it  disturbing that you publish an article about DSK who is accused of rape, written Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a self admitted pedophile child molester. We are talking about DCB sexual contact with 2-5 year olds when he ran a German kindergarten. 
   Why, in the name of common decency cite one sexual offender defending another? 

Daniel Cohn-Bendit worked in the Karl-Marx-Buchhandlung bookshop and ran a kindergarten (of children between two and five years old).  
In 2001 he was accused of paedophilia. This accusation was grounded on the following citation from his 1975 book Le Grand Bazar, "On several occasions certain kids would open my fly and start to stroke me. I reacted differently according to circumstances, but their desire posed a problem for me. I asked them: 'Why don't you play together? Why have you chosen me, and not the other kids?' But if they insisted, I caressed them still."
   In 31 January 2001 in the Berlin newspaper published an open letter to Cohn-Bendit from the former German Foreign Minister, Klaus Kinkel, demanding Cohn-Bendit clarify whether there was actual physical contact with the children. The Berliner Zeitung published Cohn-Bendit's response. He said that he was "not aware of the problem" (“das Problem nicht bewusst”). "We tried," ..."a collective discourse of a new sexual morality yet to be defined"( “in einem kollektiven Diskurs eine neue Sexualmoral zu definieren”). The reported sex scenes, were a "me-oriented self-reflection" (“ich-bezogene Selbstreflexion”). Cohn-Bendit, did not say there was no sexual contact with children. When interviewed on the 28 January 2001 by The Observer Cohn-Bendit told the journalist, “I admit that what I wrote is unacceptable nowadays”.
   Another sex offender given star status and a prominent place in European political institutions. What's next? The Euro version of NAMBLA?

Arthur Goldhammer said...

Give it a rest, Cincinna. You've never apologized for insulting me on Free Republic. What I publish on my blog is my business.

Cincinna said...

@Art
If I wrote anything you found offensive I apologize.
On the point of publishing Daniel Cohn-Bendit's comments about DSK:
I am at least as strong a supporter or free speech and press as you. The limits of common decency make this an inappropriate source in a discussion of alleged sexual offenses. Just my opinion.
OTOH, the article you published by Christopher Hitchens is a welcome addition to the discussion. Despite any political disagreements I might have with him, I am very pleased to see he is well enough to continue writing. He is an excellent writer, and has a fine analytic mind.
I wish him all the best in his battle, and yes, I have been praying for him, for which he graciously acknowledged his appreciation.

Arthur Goldhammer said...

IF you wrote anything offensive? That's rich. As I recall, what you called me was something like left-wing wackadoodle suffering from Sarkozy Derangement Syndrome, Bush Derangement Syndrome, and a bunch of other mental disorders known only to wingnuts. So I find your preachiness on this site to be a disguise of your true character. Like DSK, Cohn-Bendit, and myself, everyone has more than one side to his or her character. Forgive my bluntness, but you rub me the wrong way, and if the feeling is mutual, you can always disappear again, or return under another pseudonym, as I suspect you did once before. My exercise of my free speech for today.

Cincinna said...

 @Art
    Please don't misquote me, especially when what I wrote is directly in front of your eyes. 
  I wrote:
"If I wrote anything you found offensive I apologize", and I meant it. 
 Nothing personal; it's just politics. 
 Can't you be gracious enough to accept a full throated apology? 
 I'm sure you are a fine upstanding gentleman, but placing yourself in the same sentence, and company of DSK &
Cohn-Bendit is something you might want to reconsider.

Anonymous said...

Cohn-Bendit is no paedophile, but he always liked to shock and provoke the bourgeoisie. And remember, he said that at a time when children sexual "liberation" was openly discussed.

Mélanie

Anonymous said...

"he said that at a time when children sexual 'liberation' was openly discussed."

By whom? People like Cohn-Bendit?

Anonymous said...

Anyway ...Le train a deraille...

FrédéricLN said...

on Cincinna's "Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a self admitted pedophile child molester." : it's just false…

What he *wrote* in a book in the 70's wasn't intended to admit having molested children - on the opposite, given the beliefs of the time (sexual freedom and so on).

And regarding the *facts* themselves, Daniel Cohn-Bendit says that what is told in the book didn't happen.

You can charge him for boastfulness if you like…

You can also criticize him for having written, in his book, such sentences that may have given paedophiles "reasons" or "excuses" to act the way they do. That's what François Bayrou told him on TV in 2009. That was a crash (Bayrou's party, ie mine, lost 2-3 points in 3 days, and Cohn-Bendit's party, EELV, earned as much - the TV program was on Thursday, the elections on Sunday). Not that the French would approve paedophilia… but the debate on Cohn-Bendit's book had already taken place (in 2001 as far as I remember), with his explanations / apologies (I don't remember the detail), and it sounded very "bas" (low?) to come to the subject again. I agree on that.

(And, to give a full story, it seems that Bayrou didn't remember about the former debate, and thought he had a scoop to release… wrong appreciation, awful job or management of political advisors, severe backlash).