Paul Berman, on the "anti-imperialists" of Belgrade, and their efforts to silence Bernard-Henri Lévy (BHL):
The “anti-imperialists” and Communists of Belgrade detest BHL because, in the 1990s, he defended with tremendous energy the persecuted Muslims of Bosnia, and he went on to defend the persecuted Muslims of Kosovo. He defended the persecuted and heroic liberal democrats, Muslim and non-Muslim alike. There were murders on every side in the Balkans in the ’90s, but the overwhelming number of victims were the Muslims. The slaughter of Muslims there was the largest and most atrocious crime in Europe since the Nazis. And BHL was one of the earliest and most articulate human-rights militants in the Western countries to call for military intervention, on humanitarian grounds.
BHL responds to the incident here.
[Update: a Berman piece from last week, also published in the Tablet, claims that "a well-known professor at one of the New York colleges, who is also a columnist at a liberal magazine" was trying to blackmail him over some supposed "erotic correspondence". That professor, it's now been revealed, is Eric Alterman.]