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    Re: IMF head charged over alleged attempted rape

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    Peggy Noonan points out the difference between the American response and the French response.

    The allegations against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who stepped down as chief of the International Monetary Fund after being charged with seven counts including attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment, are just that, allegations. He's been indicted, not convicted. But half the French establishment knew about what they called his woman problem, and at least one previous accusation of harassment. It was an open secret. "Everyone knows that Dominique Strauss-Kahn is a libertine," said Gilles Savary, a member of the European Parliament Socialist party. He "doesn't try to hide it."

    DSK, as he's known, is almost a classic villain—elegant, august, satyrlike in his multithousand-dollar suits and his multithousand-dollar suite. He is the perfect "champagne socialist," as they're now calling him, who preys on the weak—for who is less defended and more at the mercy of the world than a 32-year-old hotel maid, a widow, a West African immigrant working to support herself and her daughter?

    But what is most startling about the story is not the charge that a powerful man did a dreadful thing. It is the utter and profound difference between the U.S. response to the story and the French response.

    America was immediately sympathetic to the underdog. The impulse of every media organization, from tabloid to broadsheet to cable to network, was to side with the powerless one in the equation. The cops, the hotel's managers, the District Attorney's office—everyone in authority gave equal weight and respect to the word of the maid. Only in America (and not always in America) would they have taken the testimony of the immigrant woman from Africa and dragged the powerful man out of his first-class seat in the jet at JFK.

    In France, the exact opposite. There, from the moment the story broke, DSK was the victim, not the villain. It was a setup, a trap, a conspiracy. He has a weakness for women. No, he loves them too much. Hairy-chested poseur and Sarkozy foreign-policy adviser Bernard-Henri Levy sneeringly referred to "the chambermaid," brayed about DSK's high standing, and called him "a friend to women." Jean Daniel, editor of Le Nouvel Observateur, sniffily asked why "the supposed victim was treated as worthy and beyond suspicion."

    Why wouldn't she be treated as worthy, buddy? One is tempted to ask if it's the black part, the woman part or the immigrant part.

    As David Rieff wrote in The New Republic, to French intellectuals, DSK deserves special treatment because he is a valuable person. "The French elites' consensus seems to be that it is somehow Strauss-Kahn himself and not the 32-year-old maid who is the true victim of this drama."

    Americans totally went for the little guy. The French went for the power.

    Lafayette would weep.

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    Re: IMF head charged over alleged attempted rape

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    Peggy Noonan points out the difference between the American response and the French response.
    Yep... she nails it.

    That's a morally bankrupt nation. Not all, but too many, and too many in positions of power. That this deviant was allowed to practice his perverse craft is projectile vomit material, and reflective of the nation's lack of moral fiber.

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    Re: IMF head charged over alleged attempted rape

    and the denial runs fiercest among certain stripes of france's social makeup

    today: Many in France see ex-IMF chief as setup victim - Yahoo! News

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    Re: IMF head charged over alleged attempted rape

    I agree with Noonan. The European response has been an incredulous composite of "how could America take the word of a poor black immigrant over that of a powerful, important person." I think that's what has galled me about all this, that and the smear campaign aimed at the poor woman. It's like, okay, he's been accused of a crime and he'll have the best team of lawyers money can buy and we'll all make popcorn for the trial, then see what evidence is presented. Europe is like, "OMFG, how can they dare try this powerful individual on the word of a poor black nobody." That elitist crap grates on my last nerve.

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    Re: IMF head charged over alleged attempted rape

    Paper Reveals Strauss-Kahn Accuser's Possible HIV Status

    If Kahn starts begging for an HIV test, then we'll know.

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    Re: IMF head charged over alleged attempted rape

    Quote Originally Posted by dontworrybehappy View Post
    Yea, I know, that stupid constitution that the right constantly quotes in their never ending quest for gun ownership would have no relevance when it comes to the judicial system. "Innocent until proven guilty" is stupid. If the man was arrested for it, he did it, right?

    Goodbye conservative party, I'm glad I left you in the dust. I happen to think the constitution, all parts of it, are equally important and valid. Go cling to your guns.
    Now you wouldn't be taking this a little too literally would you? Look, we are just talking about it, using the limited information we have through the media. Nothing we are sayig in here would allow either an acquittal or conviction in real terms, however, the evidence so far IN MY OPINION points to his guilt of the act.

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    Re: IMF head charged over alleged attempted rape

    Quote Originally Posted by The Prof View Post
    Uh oh, if that turns out true, then they're gonna be forced to go with the "consensual" defense.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: IMF head charged over alleged attempted rape

    She'll know who he is now.

    Meanwhile, our sophisticated French friends are busy with their conspiracy theories.

    Your Guide to DSK Conspiracy Theories - Global - The Atlantic Wire

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