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J'ACCUSE!

Postby Niakan » 14 Aug 2015, 23:36

Mr. President,

Would you allow me, in my gratitude for the benevolent reception that you gave me one day, to draw the attention of your rightful glory and to tell you that your star, so happy until now, is threatened by the most shameful and most ineffaceable of blemishes?

You have passed healthy and safe through base calumnies; you have conquered hearts. You appear radiant in the apotheosis of this patriotic festival that the Russian alliance was for France, and you prepare to preside over the solemn triumph of our World Fair, which will crown our great century of work, truth and freedom. But what a spot of mud on your name—I was going to say on your reign—is this abominable Dreyfus affair! A council of war, under order, has just dared to acquit Esterhazy, a great blow to all truth, all justice. And it is finished, France has this stain on her cheek, History will write that it was under your presidency that such a social crime could be committed.

Since they dared, I too will dare. The truth I will say, because I promised to say it, if justice, regularly seized, did not do it, full and whole. My duty is to speak, I do not want to be an accomplice. My nights would be haunted by the specter of innocence that suffer there, through the most dreadful of tortures, for a crime it did not commit.

And it is to you, Mr. President, that I will proclaim it, this truth, with all the force of the revulsion of an honest man. For your honor, I am convinced that you are unaware of it. And with whom will I thus denounce the criminal foundation of these guilty truths, if not with you, the first magistrate of the country?


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But this letter is long, Mr. President, and it is time to conclude.

I accuse Major Du Paty de Clam as the diabolic workman of the miscarriage of justice, without knowing, I have wanted to believe it, and of then defending his harmful work, for three years, by the guiltiest and most absurd of machinations.

I accuse General Mercier of being an accomplice, if by weakness of spirit, in one of greatest iniquities of the century.

I accuse General Billot of having held in his hands the unquestionable evidence of Dreyfus's innocence and of suppressing it, guilty of this crime that injures humanity and justice, with a political aim and to save the compromised Chief of High Command.

I accuse General De Boisdeffre and General Gonse as accomplices of the same crime, one undoubtedly by clerical passion, the other perhaps by this spirit of body which makes offices of the war an infallible archsaint.

I accuse General De Pellieux and commander Ravary of performing a rogue investigation, by which I mean an investigation of the most monstrous partiality, of which we have, in the report of the second, an imperishable monument of naive audacity.

I accuse the three handwriting experts, sirs Belhomme, Varinard and Couard, of submitting untrue and fraudulent reports, unless a medical examination declares them to be affected by a disease of sight and judgment.

I accuse the offices of the war of carrying out an abominable press campaign, particularly in the Flash and the Echo of Paris, to mislead the public and cover their fault.

Finally, I accuse the first council of war of violating the law by condemning a defendant with unrevealed evidence, and I accuse the second council of war of covering up this illegality, by order, by committing in his turn the legal crime of knowingly discharging the culprit.

While proclaiming these charges, I am not unaware of subjecting myself to articles 30 and 31 of the press law of July 29, 1881, which punishes the offense of slander. And it is voluntarily that I expose myself.

As for the people I accuse, I do not know them, I never saw them, I have against them neither resentment nor hatred. To me, they are only entities, spirits of social evil. And the act I am hereby accomplishing is only a revolutionary means to hasten the explosion of truth and justice.

I have only one passion, that of the light, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness. My ignited protest is nothing more than the cry of my heart. So may one dare bring me to criminal court, and may the investigation take place in broad daylight!

I am waiting.

Please accept, Mr. President, the assurance of my deep respect.

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Re: J'ACCUSE!

Postby Niakan » 15 Aug 2015, 04:16

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Re: J'ACCUSE!

Postby MinnesotanKaiser » 15 Aug 2015, 19:45

Is that the Zola letter?
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Re: J'ACCUSE!

Postby Niakan » 15 Aug 2015, 19:59

Yes, a shortened version of it.
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Re: J'ACCUSE!

Postby MinnesotanKaiser » 15 Aug 2015, 22:34

Nice. Poor Dreyfus.
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Re: J'ACCUSE!

Postby sjg11 » 01 Sep 2015, 23:48

Oh my God!

Niakan, how the fuck did I miss this?

Welcome back!
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Re: J'ACCUSE!

Postby Crunkus » 02 Sep 2015, 00:47

Will there be safe claims for Anti-Dreyfusards and Third Parties?
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Re: J'ACCUSE!

Postby Niakan » 02 Sep 2015, 03:15

Crunkus wrote:Will there be safe claims for Anti-Dreyfusards and Third Parties?



Yes, there will. Important question.
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Re: J'ACCUSE!

Postby Niakan » 02 Sep 2015, 03:16

sjg11 wrote:Oh my God!

Niakan, how the fuck did I miss this?

Welcome back!



Thank you :)
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Re: J'ACCUSE!

Postby Ugluk » 09 Apr 2016, 21:18

I'm still waiting on your God game. Been so long, I've forgotten if that was actually the name, or even related.
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