18 May 2011

Please pass the freedom whine

That great bastion of rightwing media bias The New York Post recently published an article about Dominique Strauss-Kahn (the French head of the IMF) with the clever title "French whine" (please tell me we aren't going to start calling are table wine "freedom wine".) In response to DSK being forced to do a perp walk in front of cameras, the mayor remarked:

"I think it is humiliating, but if you don't want to do the perp walk, don't do the crime."

I like the first reader's comment to the online NY Post article:

I don't support rape and I don't support false accusations but luckily somehow Mike Bloomberg already knows that Dom Kahn actually committed the crime he has been accused of. Why go through a costly trial that will produce evidence and facts? Just bring him before Mike Bloomberg for immediate sentencing.
It goes without saying that I have no problem with the rich and famous being subjected to the same legal system that everybody else is forced to use.  The problem is that the person charged with the crime happens to be someone who was likely to be the next president of France. Common sense says that we would take extreme care with such case that may involve political machinations. DSK was a member of the French socialist party (Parti Socialiste, defeated by Sarkozy in 2007) and was very likely to reverse France's slow gravitation towards American-style policies that favor wealthy elites. In such case, it would be the simplest thing in the world to pay one woman to make up a story if it would mean bringing down a key political opponent. Bloomberg's comments, presuming guilt before a trial, coupled with Geithner's comments that DSK is now disqualified to run the IMF show a rush to judgment that is highly suspicious.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm also finding this situation
highly suspicious.

Somewhere in my wanderings I learned
that DSK had met with the Captains of Industry in the U.S. back in 2007 (when he assumed the leadership role of the IMF), to warn that they are becoming too greedy, and that the poor will suffer most when their greed results in a global economic meltdown. I also read somewhere (sorry, I'm too tired to backtrack for the links) he had advised that the global currency should be transferred from the dollar to something else, the Euro? Remember what happened when Saddam decided he would sell his oil for Euros instead of dollars.

Well that and the fact that he's a socialist planning to run for President of France, sounds like he was becoming too much of a threat to the powers-that-be.

I just had an argument with a "leftie" friend of mine who insisted DSK is guilty, not necessarily of rape, but of heading the IMF which he says is evil.

Then others think he's guilty by virtue of the fact that he's French.

Wow, this guy has enemies in all places it seems.

:eye roll:

I've found that the people who seem to invoke this kind of irrational hatred are often those who are doing something right.

Then again, he might be guilty, but I'd rather let the courts decide.

Then again, who can trust the U.S. courts?

:eye roll:

Diana said...

Here we go. This article is more precise than the one I couldn't find.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn was trying to torpedo the dollar

http://smirkingchimp.com/thread/mike-whitney/36263/dominique-strauss-kahn-was-trying-to-torpedo-the-dollar

My only problem with this theory is that surely DSK was not ignorant of the danger of threatening the dominance of the dollar.

Though still, if he's truly a committed socialist changing the status quo might be a risk he was willing to take.

(I wonder what influence his mother, who is/was Tunisian, might have had on his sensibilities)

Karlo said...

This is interesting. If it's a set up, it's already succeeded since he's stepped down from the IMF and presumably has lost the ability to run for president of France.