Before meeting with philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy, famed for the last 30 years as the most flamboyant "public intellectual" of France, I had just seen his new documentary -- about himself, and Libya, and himself -- The Oath of Tobruk.
That Europe is both the name of what ails us and its remedy, that it is among the origins of the crisis and the means of surmounting it should come as no surprise to those who remember the lessons of our masters.
NATO officials claim that as the pressure increases on Muammar Gaddafi, it is just a matter of time before he is either killed or forced to depart Libya. One hopes so, but hope is not a military strategy.
Perhaps the biggest disaster is the inability of the Arab world to see the Jewish state as anything but a cursed presence. Call me a cynic, but I don't think peace has a chance when Arabs still see the birth of Israel as a Nakba.
Famed French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy saw the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair as an opportunity to place the blame precisely where he felt it belonged: with the American system of justice, with the global media and with the woman.
How can a man of his character put on a show of such capriciousness--one day signing a petition calling for France to intervene, and then, just four weeks later, condemning the same intervention and betraying his own signature?
The movement initiated by J Street is now joined by the European JCall which includes leading Jewish intellectuals like Bernard-Henri Levy and Alain Finkielkraut, which has presented its message to the European Parliament this week.