Damn the French, they've figured us out!
And they're not wrong. Our obsession with sexual prurience and the media frenzy it feeds has led another case against a high-profile suspect down the shit hole. They had no business arresting DSK on the word of one accuser without checking her credibility (which was, as it turns out, nonexistent).Now, with the case [against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the IMF and potential French Presidential candidate] appearing to collapse over questions about the credibility of the hotel housekeeper from Guinea who accused him, and Mr. Strauss-Kahn freed from house arrest, the French are feeling a kind of bitter jubilation of their own, and renewing their criticisms about the rush to judgment, the public relations concerns of elected prosecutors and the somehow uncivilized, brutal and carnival nature of American society, democracy and justice.
Former Prime Minister Lionel Jospin said Friday that “he was thrown to the wolves” in the American system; a former justice minister, Robert Badinter, called Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s treatment “a lynching, a murder by media.”
Shame on us.