May 17, 2011

S'il est coupable, l'Amérique doit exécuter Dominique Strauss-Kahn

"If he is guilty, America should execute Dominique Strauss-Kahn," is what I hope the French take away from the headline, though Google Translate doesn't always work as intended.

I say this because once upon a time in America, Strauss-Kahn's violent sexual assault would have resulted in a lynching by outraged citizens. Some years later, in some parts of the country, his crime could have been prosecuted as a death penalty case (side note: I am still personally in favor of forcible rape or sexual assault being treated as a capital crime). As it is, the disgraced Frenchman stands the possibility of spending his remaining years in an American prison, unless he OJ's his way out with high-priced lawyers and political pressure.

The French seems stunned at his "perp walk" and incarceration in Riker's, his suicide watch and prison jumpsuit. In their class-driven society, such treatment for a man of his stature is unthinkable.

It highlights one of America's greatest ideals. No man is above the law. It isn't true all the time, and especially when the offender is rich and powerful and influential enough, but we do have our moments.

The poor woman Strauss-Kahn is accused of raping and sodomizing is a Muslim. Sadly, in her own barbaric culture in many parts of the world she would most likely be put to death for her "crime," or would face nearly insurmountable odds in getting a conviction, needing multiple male witnesses, etc, and even if successful in putting her abuser in prison, faces the distinct possibility of an "honor killing" from her own family because of the twisted beliefs of her misogynistic donkey-humping cult.

Only in America could the victim of this violent crime have a possibility of finding justice, and her accused be treated from the outset like a criminal he most likely is instead of a privileged elite. Remember that as America-hating elitists try to turn us into a lesser nation.

MIKE ADDS: What Bob said.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at May 17, 2011 08:54 PM

That's 'dead donkey humping cult' to you CY! Fatwa's galore!

Posted by: Timothyj at May 18, 2011 09:00 AM

Far-frickin-be-it for the French to apologize to the US for one of their preeminent citizens [allegedly] violently attacking someone in the US. Their boy messed up on our ground and no French privilege extends to him here.

And secondly, also due to the location of the alleged crime being in the US, the victim will be spared being buried up to her neck and being stoned to death for the sin of being raped, as she would be in a muslim country.

So as I see it, here in one sick situation, we have two perfect examples of the superiority of the United States of America; one over the practices of a modern European nation, the other over the tradition of the stoneage mideast. God Bless.

Posted by: Solomon Rivers at May 18, 2011 09:52 AM

RE: "Only in America could ... her accused be treated from the outset like a criminal he most likely is ... "

The ancient and fundamental principle of America's legal system, the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, lies in shambles, shredded by the lynch-mob mentality expressed in the "news" coverage and "commentaries" of this event.

Posted by: Clayton in Mississippi at May 18, 2011 10:13 AM

America, What a country. Freedom, justice, property rights. Amazing.

Posted by: kentsmith at May 18, 2011 10:34 AM

I agree with all you said. I also would like to state that none of us really knows what happened in that hotel room. This case is just waiting for the next Nifong to get appointed. High profile rich white banker elitist. It is difficult to imagine how he could possibly get a fair trial. As you said, the accusation alone is enough to get him lynched. That may yet happen.

Posted by: Professor Hale at May 18, 2011 10:38 AM

Nah, he wouldn't have been lynched. Not in France, at least. His type would have been a lord, and "taking" the maids as they tried to do their work was just one of the perks.

Of course, that's also why the maid's families eventually jumped up and cut all their heads off.

Posted by: Phelps at May 19, 2011 01:54 PM