The Arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn

The rape allegations against Strauss-Kahn, seemed pretty cut and dried at first. Personally, I was even enjoying (to an extent)  a prominent person  in the IMF being brought down so low.

I mean it could be a still right out of Law And Order, right?

But then I found out about how this will likely turn France’s next election to the far right, & I got to thinking about the allegations attempting to bring down Assange, which are totally nonsense & a setup, and  even the (true) allegations against the former governor of NY having sex (not rape) with a prostitute.

And then I read this:

Well before Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s arrest there had been reports that Mr. Sarkozy was gathering information to discredit Mr. Strauss-Kahn should he run for president. In a famous incident, reported by the news magazine Le Point, Mr. Strauss-Kahn confronted Mr. Sarkozy in the men’s room at the Group of 20 summit meeting in Pittsburgh in September 2009, saying: “I’ve had more than enough of this continued gossip about my private life and about supposed dossiers and photos that could come out against me. I know that this is coming from the Élysée. Tell your guys to stop or I’ll go to the courts.”

NYT

Before this, the Times had all sorts of innuendo in there about Strauss-Kahn’s dealing’s with women, none verifiable, and much more to the point — true or not, none that amounted to rape.

Now, I have no idea what happened in that hotel room, but it certainly is bizarre– I mean a guy that could be the next president of France, and who already knows that Sarkozy / right wing is after him using sexual innuendo,  rapes an African immigrant maid in New York?  And then runs to the airport– leaving his phone behind.

Who knows for sure.

But, I think we should be very wary of the right wing finding / setting up ways of using our innate wish to champion women, blacks-any underdog really, against , well whoever they want to.  

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  1. http://blogs.forbes.com/afonte

    According to Le Figaro, generally right-leaning and one of Paris’ largest newspapers, DSK’s lawyers have reconstructed his schedule and can prove both that he checked out of his room before the attacks supposedly took place and that he was having lunch with his daughter at the time.

    A double sexual attack was thought to have occurred around 1:00 PM on the 28 floor of the Sofitel New York, deputy commissioner and spokesman for the NYPD, Paul J. Browne, explained to reporters.  The French daily, though, notes that sources have put DSK’s check out time closer to noon, with center-right daily Liberation citing police sources claiming the IMF chief handed in his keys at exactly 12:28 PM.

    But meanwhile…

    Now Tristane Banon, the 31-year-old god-daughter of Strauss-Kahn’s second wife Brigitte Guillemette, said he attacked her almost a decade ago.

    Ms Banon will now tell French detectives about the alleged attempted rape, which took place in an anonymous studio flat in Paris in 2002.

    Strauss-Kahn lured the then 21-year-old trainee journalist to the property under the promise of an interview, and then started to rip her clothes off, it is claimed.

    ‘I kicked him, I called him a rapist, he didn’t seem to care,’ said Ms Banon in earlier interviews, in which she also described Strauss-Kahn as acting like a ‘rutting chimpanzee’.

    • banger on May 17, 2011 at 2:10 am

    I was following some of the comment on the NYT website about the story mainly consisting “let’s string him up” etc. Now I realize how relentlessly accurate were the old westerns. People in this country, more than any other in the relatively civilized world, are always ready to string somebody up.

    There was virtually no commentary in the MSM on how it is actually illegal to go into a foreign country and just kill someone and dump their body in the ocean. Even this astonished me. The U.S. has devolved into what I can only describe as barbarism not only politically but culturally.

    At any rate the guy has been tried and convicted in the press and in this country that’s enough.

    I don’t know the facts but what puzzles me that what is the explanation of a guy like that suddenly jumping a maid? He could have gotten a nice BJ from any number of willing ladies who hang around NYC hotels for a modest fee. If he wanted to abuse a lady there are, believe it or not, many women who will allow themselves to be “raped” or beaten for a fee. At any rate, I’m waiting for an explanation. The Tristane Banon story is also suspicious.

    That doesn’t mean I think it was a setup but I think that possibility has to be entertained–things like that definitely do happen. It will be interesting to see what other matters are involved here other than the Presidential election–are there some big policy differences with Washington?  

    • Xanthe on May 17, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Levy-Strauss has supported larger bailout packages and less austerity for Greece.  There was an imminent meeting scheduled.  This is really high stakes – I reserve judgment as well.  Since France and US are now war buddies – it is a fascinating story.  

  2. It’s a free for all now as news has become sporting entertainment, violence inviting and revenge exciting. Sexual blackmail is always a winner when civilized inhibitions are strong enough to thwart direct assassination. And gossip about the rich and famous?

    Everybody loves it, capitalism at its finest.

    Be all you can be, and sacrifice your life for a myth and knowing that you’ll be ultimately remembered like all the soldiers who fought in the Civil War and WWI.

    But most importantly, play by the rules so others don’t have to. And remember, the poor are stealing from you.

  3. Condemns upcoming Bilderberg Meeting June 9-12

    http://illusionofpower.com/bil

  4. The Kobe Bryant of the left.

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