Saturday, November 22, 2008

'As long as he pleads guilty'

Interview with 
Jacques Vergès:

Der Spiegel: Are there any people whose defense you would not take on out of principle?

Vergès: One of my principles is to have no principles. That's why I would not turn down anyone.

Der Spiegel: Let's say, Adolf Hitler...

Vergès: I would have defended Hitler. I would also accept Osama bin Laden as a client, even (US President) George W. Bush -- as long as he pleads guilty.

Der Spiegel: You can't seriously be mentioning Hitler, Bin Laden and Bush, and their failings, in the same breath.

Vergès: Every crime is unique, and so is every criminal. That alone makes such comparisons impossible.
Image source here.