July 1, 2009
On June 30 the on-line journal affaires-strategiques.com posted Lauriane Crochemore's interview with Ivan Segre, the author of La reaction philosemite (The Philo-Semitic Reaction). One observation in his new book, Segre tells the interviewer, is how the West's response to 9/11 had been to move the line of permissible discourse to such an extent that moderate forms of Islamophobia became the new norm, even as primitive expressions of Islamophobia soon fell just outside the parameters of acceptable discourse.
By way of example he cited the warm reception some French Jews gave the late Oriana Fallaci's post-9/11 works - despite their overarching, virulently anti-Muslim tenor.
As an Israeli Jew, Ivan Segre was moved to more closely examine what at first blush seemed like the flowering of post-9/11 Philo-Semitism in the shade of such rank and frank Islamophobia, only to discover that, in fact, this was more apparent than real, although the promise of of a new Philo-Semitism evidently enthused such prominent Jewish intellectuals in France like Alain Finkielkraut, who embraced The Rage and the Pride and The Force of Reason, two of a trilogy of latter-day, hard-core, anti-Muslim Fallaci books. What was startling to Segre was how some of their troubling passages, bending toward revisionism, had simply been ignored by the Finkielkraut coterie.
Segre: "[W]e discover in The Force of Reason, the second volume of her trilogy, an explicit tribute from the Italian journalist to the French
historian Robert Faurisson, whom she introduces as
a persecuted intellectual for having taken, I quote: 'The freedom to challenge the official version of History.' In other words, denying there had been extermination camps as distinct from concentration camps, such being Faurisson's Holocaust] denier's thesis, was, according to Fallaci, 'to challenge the official version of History.'"
It begs the question: Was the late Oriana Fallaci a closet Holocaust revisionist?
The Lauriane Crochemore interview with Ivan Segre in
French may be viewed on-line here.