War Crimes in Syria? Just ‘chatter’ (bavardages) says French Left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon is the leader of La France Insoumise.
He is running for French President on a left-wing ‘populist’ programme partly inspired by Podemos and the ideas of Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe (Populisme et hégémonies culturelles : débat Laclau-Mouffe-Mélenchon 2012).
His organisation, social media based, with local supporters’ groups and run from above, is designed to support his candidacy.
It might properly be called a vast Rally.
Mélenchon announced earlier this year that following his call to destiny and the Presidency he had replaced need for an alliance of the left, the Front de gauche, an alliance of democratically organsied parties. (Mélenchon achève le Front de gauche. Le candidat à la présidentielle estime dans Mediapart que « le cartel n’existe plus ».)
At present he stands at around 14 to 15% in the opinion polls (Les Echos)
This story broke a few days ago and has not gone way:
Des crimes de guerre en Syrie ? Mélenchon parle de «bavardages» Libération.
His main objection to French Policy was that it was following American leadership.
The leader of La France Insoumise disputes the notion of “Russian war crimes.” “All that is gossip,” he replied.
Now he has since ‘rectified’ this report claiming that the word bavardage referred to the words of Presidents Hollande and Putin’s words but…..
This part of the statement got a lot of people’s attention,
“We’ll start by saying that we do not like shelling you and I (…) War is always dirty, it is horrible, it is horrible. The bombings in the Saudi Yemen are abominable, the bombing of civilians whatsoever are abominable, “he continued” admitting that while the military offensive launched by the Syrian regime in Aleppo has killed many civilian victims.
“We talk about the eastern part of Aleppo. Which is held by whom(…) Moderate, moderate Al-Qaeda who murdered the editors of Charlie Hebdo. You wish all cost to choose between victims? “Said Mr. Mélenchon, who also criticiced the silence of the West over the” massacre “of the Kurds.
Now being charitable on might say that Mélenchon’s poor choice of words (bavardage) when talking of war crimes is one thing.
But to identify the inhabitants with the East of Aleppo with those controlling it (even if one accepted his definition of who is, which we do not), is another.
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