Articles taggés avec: Tony Judt

Racial tinge stains World Cup exit in France (Traduction LM Levy)

Ecrit par Tony Judt le 02 mai 2011. dans La une, Média/Web, Société, Sports

Racial tinge stains World Cup exit in France (Traduction LM Levy)

 

(Chronique en anglais suivie d’une traduction des passages les plus importants)


Notre ami Tony JUDT, qui nous a quittés depuis, avait écrit ce texte en juin 2010. Il nous semble particulièrement d’actualité dans les affaires de football et de société qui agitent la France depuis quelques jours.


After France  was booted from this year’s World Cup on Tuesday without winning a match — amid scenes of selfishness, indifference and indiscipline — the French news media piled on about the humiliation to the country and the misbehavior of its players. There were calls for a complete restructuring of the French team: its management, its method for choosing players, its training.


Le problème du Mal dans l'Europe d'Après-Guerre (Traduction du texte de Tony Judt par LML)

Ecrit par Tony Judt, Léon-Marc Levy le 13 juillet 2010. dans Histoire

Le problème du Mal dans l'Europe d'Après-Guerre (Traduction du texte de Tony Judt par LML)

Loin de réfléchir au problème du mal, la plupart des Européens en détournèrent résolument leur pensée dans les années qui suivirent la fin de la seconde guerre mondiale. Cela nous paraît difficile à comprendre aujourd’hui, mais le fait est que, pendant de nombreuses années, la Shoah — le génocide des Juifs d’Europe — n’a en aucune façon été une question fondamentale dans la vie intellectuelle de l’après-guerre, pas plus en Europe qu’aux Etats-Unis. La majorité des gens, penseurs et autres, firent en effet de leur mieux pour l’ignorer.

Pourquoi ? En Europe de l’Est, il y eut quatre raisons à cela.

- Premièrement, c’est là que furent commis les pires crimes contre les Juifs pendant la guerre ; et, bien que ces crimes eussent été commandités par des Allemands, les collaborateurs de bonne volonté ne manquèrent pas dans les nations occupées : Polonais, Ukrainiens, Lettons, Croates et autres. Dans beaucoup de pays, le besoin se fit fortement sentir d’oublier ce qui était arrivé, de jeter un voile sur les pires horreurs.

The problem of Evil in Post war Europe

Ecrit par Tony Judt le 13 juillet 2010. dans Histoire

The problem of Evil in Post war Europe

Far from reflecting upon the problem of evil in the years that followed the end of World War II, most Europeans turned their heads resolutely away from it. Today we find this difficult to understand, but the fact is that the Shoah—the attempted genocide of the Jews of Europe—was for many years by no means the fundamental question of postwar intellectual life in Europe (or the United States). Indeed, most people—intellectuals and others—ignored it as much as they could. Why ?

In Eastern Europe there were four reasons. In the first place, the worst wartime crimes against the Jews were committed there; and although those crimes were sponsored by Germans, there was no shortage of willing collaborators among the local occupied nations: Poles, Ukrainians, Latvians, Croats, and others. There was a powerful incentive in many places to forget what had happened, to draw a veil over the worst horrors. Secondly, many non-Jewish East Europeans were themselves victims of atrocities (at the hands of Germans, Russians, and others) and when they remembered the war they did not typically think of the agony of their Jewish neighbors but of their own suffering and losses.

 

Israël without clichés

Ecrit par Tony Judt le 11 juin 2010. dans Monde, La une

Israël without clichés

THE Israeli raid on the Free Gaza flotilla has generated an outpouring of clichés from the usual suspects. It is almost impossible to discuss the Middle East without resorting to tired accusations and ritual defenses: perhaps a little house cleaning is in order.

No. 1: Israel is being/should be delegitimized

Israel is a state like any other, long-established and internationally recognized. The bad behavior of its governments does not “delegitimize” it, any more than the bad behavior of the rulers of North Korea, Sudan — or, indeed, the United States — “delegitimizes” them. When Israel breaks international law, it should be pressed to desist; but it is precisely because it is a state under international law that we have that leverage.

Some critics of Israel are motivated by a wish that it did not exist — that it would just somehow go away. But this is the politics of the ostrich: Flemish nationalists feel the same way about Belgium, Basque separatists about Spain. Israel is not going away, nor should it. As for the official Israeli public relations campaign to discredit any criticism as an exercise in “de-legitimization,” it is uniquely self-defeating. Every time Jerusalem responds this way, it highlights its own isolation.