Back in July I wrote a half tongue in cheek appraisal of my views on the charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn or DSK as he is known here in Europe. Well now I see all the charges have been dropped, so all is well in the world again.
Unfortunately not. What has happened over the last few months is an absolute disgrace and brings into clear view the dirt and filth that is politics. It also shows not only how flawed the US justice system is, but also how it may have been used by some far away from mainland USA for their own ends. Let’s reflect a little and recall that before May this year, DSK was the managing director of the International Monetary Fund and considered a favourite to win the next presidential election in France. This was not a matter of some little thug from the back blocks of NYC being charged with breaking and entering or stealing a BMW for fun. So what happened?
The arrest of DSK was correct and warranted. If we live in a society where the rich and powerful are above the law, we are finished. However, the parading of DSK in front of the world’s cameras, handcuffed, tired and unshaven shortly after his arrest clearly tells the world that the presumption of innocence in the US does not exist and reminded me immediately of the shooting of Oswald by Jack Ruby. I’m sorry, but this tradition of parading suspects before the cameras in the US disgusts me. In a way, similar to Oswald, DSK was killed as a public servant and politician at that very moment.
Even suspects in the most heinous of crimes in ‘civilised’ societies receive their rights to the presumption of innocence until found guilty by a court of law, and never paraded through a street of flashing cameras like they are on the way to a ‘Wild West’ lynching or a French beheading by guillotine. Secondly, the clearly organised protests at each hearing by ‘black, female hotel workers’ smacks of trial by media, with images contrived for a four years old’s comprehension and five second news ‘grabs’, and not wanting to offend here, but I wonder how much were they paid to be there to support a now exposed serial liar.
Then there is the small matter of DSK’s reputation being so tarnished now that a Nicolas Sarkozy win in the next French presidential election looks far more promising than it did before May this year. As I made the point in my previous post, it’s rather convenient that Sarkozy’s main rivals in presidential elections end up in court defending themselves prior to the start of election campaigns. Dominique de Villepin may have been cleared of all charges after the last election, but a little too late as Sarkozy had already won the election.
Don’t forget that a little ‘hanky panky’ is not a crime, especially in France. Sarkozy quickly dumped his wife after the last election and was ‘in the cot’ with Carla Bruni (ex girlfriend to the stars) before the final votes had time to be counted. I won’t even bother to recount the Clinton ‘blue dress’ episode, but enough to say that politics and sex are not strange bedfellows.
What has transpired has shown the whole world that the US justice system as little more than a media circus, and from outside the US, it looks like a system that is easily derailed and open to manipulation. It also appears as if its fragilities may have been used to influence politics on a far away shore. Then again, with the district attorney in New York being an elected post, perhaps there was another element of more local politics at play.
So what’s new? Wherever there is politics, there is filth. Just a pity that the US justice system has been made to look like an immature fool in the process.