Feb. 7, 2018
I blinked at the AP headline. It is so rare to see justice done to the wealthy and powerful, especially someone who has for so long been the darling of the political and media elites, I couldn’t believe it at first. Ramadan will still likely skate: there are too many well-placed Muslim Brotherhood operatives and sympathizers in the government of France, and governments all over the West, for any other outcome to be likely. Still, the thought of him behind bars must bring some small comfort to his accusers, who have detailed far greater horrors to which he subjected them.
It is useful to remember that some people knew for years about Tariq Ramadan’s behavior. Bernard Godard, who was the “Monsieur Islam” of the French Ministry of the Interior and knew Ramadan well, said: