I was watching a video trial of the whole episode on CNN a while ago. My simple question is , how come high profile figures could be involved in cases like attacking on a maid sexually? Don’t they know the repercussions of it if get caught? Also, they are filthy rich I’m sure they can fulfill their lust or sexual needs through other avenues. Can anyone share their opinions on this whole subject/episode? Am I missing something here?
- Power corrupts, so nothing surprises with powerful people.
- He has not been proven guilty, although his reputation has been destroyed by the media.
- The he can afford a room that costs more than this maid makes in a month is also an interesting detail.
We will have to wait and see.
Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.
The problem with these people is they are surrounded by other people hanging on their every word, and you don’t get into a position like that without having a massive ego. Unfortunately the people who strive for power are often exactly the people who shouldn’t have it.
Steve is right - everyone deserves a fair trial.
Nevertheless, this particular piece of human sleaze, Strauss-Kahn, does seem to have one helluva LOT of sex-abuse allegations hanging over him, from one helluva LOT of different women! As a non-involved observer of events, one does kind of wonder whether all of these allegations can be untrue??
I hope that I am wrong about this, but I rather fear that, if this incident is true and if it had happened in a Paris hotel, the maid in question would not have been taken very seriously by the French police. I hope I’m wrong about that, but…
(Anyway, let’s just hope Sarko can get re-elected now! ;-D)
“how come high profile figures could be involved in cases like attacking on a maid sexually? Don’t they know the repercussions of it if get caught?”
[Cough!] Polanski! [Cough!]
"Steve is right - everyone deserves a fair trial.
Nevertheless, this particular piece of human sleaze…"
I guess you didn’t notice, but I am not a judge or jury member in New York City!
If I describe Strauss-Kahn as a piece of scum who has a long history of abusing vulnerable women, I do not think I am in any way prejudicing his trial…
What bothers me in this matter is the fact that people all around the world and more particularly in the USA tend to consider French people as a bunch of scums as they do towards DSK. We can feel, as French, a kind of animosity towards us. DSK might be guilty (to me, presumption of innocence prevails until he’s proven guilty) but one can judge 60 million people after the behavior of a single one.
Sorry, one can’t judge*
I don’t think that the average American has any animosity towards French people. It is true that there are stereotypes in all countries about other countries, and these stereotypes are usually not very accurate, and melt away when we meet people from those countries.
I’m wondering which crime is more serious in nature . Killing people with a pistol or a sexual assault on a maid. In general, when it comes to punishing US citizens for their bad deeds on other country’s soil. The US government tries to save them from any sort of trial and punishment with their power and influence. I’m wonderng if a US elite citizen attacks sexually on a maid on other country’s, what punishment would he get?
I get so tired of this America/France/insert-country-name bashing; how a foreigner suspected of a crime, be he American or French, is treated abroad also depends to a certain extent on the integrity of the respective country’s laws.
asad, there is no nation without criminals nor any nation that has not committed atrocities. Maybe it is part of our nature whether we like to admit or not. That is why all societies have evolved moral codes and laws. I note that atrocities committed by US troops , such as My Lai in Vietnam, Abu Ghrabi and others, have been exposed by the US press and perpetrators have been brought to trial.
Have there been any consequences for the mass murder and rape of hundreds of thousands of citizens of the then East Pakistan (present day Bangla Desh) by the Pakistan army in 1970?
I agree with you on your last point. I always appreciate facts and absolute truth. I’m above any blind patriotism and nationalism. I don’t support their actions. Wrong is wrong. The perpetrators should have been brought to justice. They should have been put into prison. The former Army Chief General Pervaiz Musaharraf had officially apologized from Bangladesh public for his army bad actions in the past.
My point is, a criminal should be punished irrespective of their ethnicity or nationality. We should not support criminals.
Dr. Afia Siddiqui. a nuero scientist from was put to a life imprisonment in an American prison. I have no issues with that. If she is a criminal she must be punished. Her case was dealth in a fair war , charges were proven against here. I was happy with her being punished.
Raymond Davis, a CIA agent killed two pakistanis with a pistol in a broad day light and the whole crowd on the scene was the winess of the event. He was let go free because the USA was threatening to close all consulates in the country and severing their ties and so on. A criminal should be punished in the end, this is what I want to see. To reteirate my above point, I don’t have blind love or support for Pakistani Army for their bad actions. I’m glad that Bangladeshi people got their own country , own freedom. In the same vein, I would like to say that the American Army is not angel either. They are committing crimes in Iraq and Afghanistion. Why do American politicians and pentagon officials have a beef with WIKILEAKS?
a neuroscientist from PAKISTAN.
In a fair WAY.
Charges were proven against HER.
Serge said: “What bothers me in this matter is the fact that people all around the world and more particularly in the USA tend to consider French people as a bunch of scums as they do towards DSK.”
I really and honestly doubt whether this is true. Certainly my own comments about Strauss-Kahn do NOT indicate any kind of wider hostility towards France or towards French people in general. There are many things about France which I very greatly admire.
We need to remember that Strauss-Kahn is an individual person. He is French - but he could just as easily be American. There are rapists and sexual delinquents to be found in every nation, unfortunately.
Just for general info: Aafia Siddiqui - Wikipedia
since I have mentioned dr. Afia Siddique in my above post not every read is aware about her crimes committed . They can check out wikipedia link.
typo: reader . I wish I could fix keypad on my iPhone.
I don’t know the details of the Davis case but agree with you that criminals should be judged in the countries where they commit their crimes. It may also depend on the quality of the judicial system, and the attitude towards due process in the country concerned.
The following is from Wikipedia and does not inspire confidence in the Pakistani judicial system or the attitude of Pakistani society towards the law.
“Between 1986 and 2007, Pakistani authorities charged 647 people with blasphemy offences. Fifty percent of these were non-Muslims, who represent only 3% of the national population. No judicial execution for blasphemy has ever occurred in Pakistan, but 20 of those charged were murdered.”
We also need to remember that Strauss-Khan and Davis are innocent until proven guilty.
Just for general information: