Bernard-Henri Lévy em entrevista à Salon

No Spiegel Online, site que subscrevi há uns dias, li uma entrevista muito interessante que o jornalista francês Bernard-Henri Lévy, um esquerdista assumido, deu à Salon. Uma das coisas que mais me chamou a atenção - e com a qual concordo - foi o seguinte:

But in the name of tolerance there can be also some crimes -- not committed but veiled ... For example, those who tell us that we have to be tolerant of the radical Islamist movements. Those who tell us that being tolerant means trying to understand their reasons and their justifications. Those who tell us that, about women, to veil the face of a woman is just a customary habit, which we Westerners are not allowed to judge according to the standard of human rights. This is a very bad thing.

This idea that every habit should be respected, every custom should be accepted because it belongs to a whole and that if we take a piece, we break the whole -- this is one of the counter-effects of tolerance. And you have in America a lot of people who said, why should you ask the Indian people to resign the pattern of the castes that belong to their culture? Why should you oblige this or that tribe, people in Africa, to resign the excision of the clitoris of the little girl? It belongs to their culture ...

Na entrevista, Lévy ainda fala das eleições americanas, do significado de revolução, das diferenças entre a direita e a esquerda, e de mais alguns tópicos - com os quais, na sua grande maioria, eu estou em sintonia.

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