I must admit that I'm having difficulty with this Dominique Whosis thing. On one hand, it does the heart good to see the head of the often-criminal IMF perp-walked in handcuffs and denied bail. 'Bout time somebody in the predatory globalized financial community was. On the other hand, the whole thing smells of the Julian Assange take-down. A socialist who imposed severe restrictions on Greece's out-of-control aristocracy as part of the price for bailing the country out after decades of right-wing authoritarian thievery and brutality toward its own citizens, economically and otherwise, Strauss-Kahn's appointment to head up the International Monetary Fund made a lot of rich and powerful people very angry.
And what do r-and-pp do these days when they're angry? They have their opponents arrested on some trumped-up sex charge. The French think it was a setup, and S-K's lawyers say they can prove he was somewhere else at the time of the alleged incident having lunch with his daughter.
Even if he was, it doesn't matter. He may be innocent but the damage has already been done, and that's what's important. This wasn't mere revenge. The r-and-pp are under attack in France for the resource rape and outright thievery we've become so familiar with in this country, where they routinely steal the State treasury blind, ignore inconvenient laws, and demonize anybody who notes, however mildly, that we're all getting screwed. S-K was probably going to be the next president and he isn't awed by the majesty of money, having so much of his own. In fact, he's been downright snippy to the r-and-p.
Now S-K's potential populist run against right-wing authoritarian French President Nicholas Sarkozy is history. Even in open-minded France, he's done. Thus the candidate most favored to win against the "deeply unpopular" Sarkozy has simply been removed from the board. That doesn't make the election a slam dunk for Nicky but it probably makes it a fight instead of a walkover.
How convenient for you-know-who.
Makes you wonder.