Friday, December 12, 2008

The Continuing Education of Bernard Kouchner

At age 69, Bernard Kouchner, French foreign minister, founder of medecins sans frontieres, and untiring self-mythologist, has just discovered that there is "a permanent contradiction between human rights and foreign affairs." It was a mistake, he now believes, to have created the post of secretary of state for human rights, currently occupied by Sengalese-born Rama Yade. Yade has provoked anger within the government for her outspoken views. Or perhaps Kouchner is simply jealous now that he's been outflanked on the left by someone even more glamorous than him.

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