Strauss-Kahn Be the Next President of France?
Paul Craig Roberts
by Paul Craig Roberts: Conspiracies
old English ditty, "a young lady of Kent," that ends with
knew what it meant,
but she went."
after she went, Strauss-Kahnís French accuser says she didnít know
what it meant. If what I have read about the charge of attempted
rape now being brought against Strauss-Kahn in France is correct,
eight years ago a young French woman agreed to meet Strauss-Kahn
alone in an apartment that was not his address. She claims that,
despite her protests, Strauss-Kahn persisted in sexually aggressive
behavior. She construes, or perhaps misconstrues, his behavior as
If the womanís
account is true, there is an innocent interpretation. By agreeing
to the meeting, she sent a signal that she did not intend to send
and which Strauss-Kahn interpreted, or misinterpreted, to mean that
she was sexually available.
If this is
the story, a French court would realize that, however frightening
it was for the young woman, it was a misunderstanding and not an
attempted rape. Strauss-Kahn would be guilty of boorish behavior,
but this is not yet a crime.
would explain why the charge lay dormant for eight years and came
to life on the heels of the New York case, which has now fallen
apart. The certainty with which the New York police, prosecutor,
and American media initially treated Strauss-Kahnís guilt created
credibility for the French womanís accusation. Certainly, the prospect
of Strauss-Kahnís conviction on the New York charges would give
a French lawyer more confidence in the French womanís story.
I offer this
not as an excuse for Strauss-Kahn, who is much too horny for his
own good, but as an innocent explanation of an event that also has
according to the French press, Strauss-Kahn predicted that his favorable
standing in the election polls would result in Sarkozy, or the interests
behind him, paying a woman one million euros in order to bring sex
charges against him in order to knock him out of the presidential
We also know
from press reports that the New York hotel maid had a French attorney
who was assigned the task of bolstering her case for damages by
finding some French victims of Strauss-Kahn. If the French case
continues after the collapse of the New York one, Strauss-Kahnís
attorneys will certainly investigate any contact between the hotel
maidís attorneys and the French womanís attorneys.
We also know
from the French press that Sarkozyís political operatives knew of
Strauss-Kahnís arrest before the New York Police announced it. This
introduces the element of conspiracy.
will it end?
If the strength
of the French case depends on the New York case, the French attorney
will advise his client to drop the proceedings.
If the French
case is perceived as one of extortion and not justice, the case
will fall apart.
If the French
public becomes convinced that conspiracy is involved, it will be
electoral curtains for Sarkozy, and Strauss-Kahn will be the next
president of France.
Craig Roberts [send
him mail], a
former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and former associate
editor of the Wall Street Journal, has been reporting shocking cases
of prosecutorial abuse for two decades. A new edition of his book,
Tyranny of Good Intentions,
co-authored with Lawrence Stratton, a documented account of how
Americans lost the protection of law, has been released by Random
© 2011 Paul
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