Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the French director of the International Monetary Fund, is a rapist and a sexual predator. The French citizen and wanna be President of France lives in a $4 million home in Georgetown, the toniest enclave of Washington, D.C. And, certainly the neighbors will now have something to talk about within their private walled gardens.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn was pulled out of his first class seat while on board a plane that sat on New York’s Kennedy International Airport. He was cuffed and taken into custody. As law enforcement escorted the handcuffed Dominique Strauss-Kahn through the doors you can audibly make out someone calling him “Frenchy.”
The arrest and criminal charge against Strauss-Kahn is a bit ironic given that populist protests against the International Monetary Fund and World Bank accuse these financial institutions of predation and exploitation of vulnerable and disadvantaged nations. Third world nations owe the International Monetary Fund $600 billion.
Certainly, the hotel maid at the New York Sofitel was vulnerable and disadvantaged when cornered in the room and thrown onto the bed against her will and then dragged into the bathroom for a second round.
Political power, over sized egos, and enhanced libido seem to have a way of destroying the reputations of elected and appointed officials.
A moment of fleeting and forbidden pleasure is often followed by a reputation tarnished with public shame. Former President Bill Clinton will always be associated with the White House intern Monica Lewinsky, the oral sex scandal, and the stained blue dress. Clinton was impeached by the House, but not the Senate, and will always be remember for not only lying when he said, “I did not have sex with that woman,” but also quibbling as America’s public idiot about the definition of sex. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will always be remembered for disgracing his office by paying to have sex with the under age Karima el-Mahroug. Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, client number 9 of the Emperor’s Club prostitution outfit, will always be remembered for debasing himself by paying Ashley Dupre aka Kristen $4,300 for sex. To Israel’s credit former Israeli President Moshe Katsav was convicted of rape for assaulting his staffers.
Clinton and Spitzer demeaned their wives when these women were used as human body shields to court public sympathy. Not only do they not deserve public sympathy, but they do not deserve a continued public stage or media platform as FOX News provided Spitzer to the shame of that network.
Morality and ethics do matter. The day enough people recognize this is the day we can sweep the trash out the door and put it out of sight.