Thursday, July 7, 2011

国際通貨基金(IMF)ストロスカーン氏の事件について The IMF Strauss-Kahn affair

In early June, I was at a meeting conducted by a Japanese women's organization. They were discussing rape and sexual harassment in the Tohoku earthquake and Tsunami disaster area.


This Japanese organization was affiliated with an American women's organization. They had just returned from a meeting with their American counterparts. In the meeting, they mentioned what an advanced country American was concerning sexual harassment and sex crimes, they cited the case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn as an example of swift American justice. They said it was proof that no matter how great the person, if he commits a sex crime in America, they will be in trouble.


I immediately raised my hand. I told the presenters that they should be very careful in believing what Americans said about this incident.


The thing is, sexual harassment and sexual crime in the Tohoku disaster area is real. The Japanese mass media has not reported it much, but we should be aware of it.


However, with the Strauss-Kahn incident, as soon as it happened, I thought something was strange.


What struck me about the case was, he was arrested on his plane, some hours after the attack. Now, the accuser said he was naked when he attacked her. So, if he tried to rape her, did she not go to her superiors? After all, if Mr. Strauss-Kahn is completely naked, he cannot escape quickly. It would take at least 20 or 30 minutes to put on his clothes, gather his things, and check out.


A high class hotel like the Sofitel would have security staff, who would be able to detain Mr. Strauss-Kahn until police arrived.


Another thing that struck me as strange was that fact that the American Treasury Secretary, Mr. Timothy Geithner, immediately said that Mr. Strauss-Kahn should step aside as chief of the International Money Fund.

I thought this very strange. After all, Mr. Strauss-Kahn was not a criminal, he was a suspect. Also, for a suspect, the treatment of Mr. Strauss-Kahn was very harsh. He was not taken to a detention house, but to Rikers Island, which is a very secure prison. It is for the most dangerous criminals.


Then he was denied bail, placed on house arrest, with an ankle bracelet and live in security guard at his own expense.


I began to think, there is something political going on here.


Well why would the American government attack Mr. Strauss-Kahn?


A little google searching, and I came up with this gem of information.


Here is a report that the IMF issued that states that the "Age of America" will end in 2016. The report says that China will become the world's primary economy. This report was issued around last April.


Of course, this would incense Americans. Americans don't like truth, when the truth is inconvenient.


Did the US government use this incident to take revenge on Mr. Strauss-Kahn for those reports? Well, certainly, his treatment as a suspect was harsh, worse than normal.


In any case, he has been released on bail. The charges have not been dropped, but the prosecutors case seems to have basically collapsed.


The woman who claims to have been a victim, has lied about many things. She lied about being raped in Africa. This was to gain refugee status in America. She consulted with a drug dealer boyfriend, who is in prison, about Mr. Strauss-Kahn, saying that he had a lot of money, she knew what she was doing. The phone call was taped.


Semen was found on her uniform, but after the encounter with Mr. Strauss-Kahn, she went on working, cleaning hotel rooms.


These actions shed serious doubt on her allegation of being raped.

Perhaps a sexual encounter took place, but if so, it appears to have been consensual.


If the United States used this accusation to take revenge on Mr. Strauss-Kahn for the IMF report that predicts China eclipsing the US, that is an immature and shameful action.


And if this is the normal way suspects are treated by the American Justice System, then American should not criticize any other country on human rights. Mr Strauss-Kahn is not a convicted criminal. He is a person suspected of a crime.


For us in Japan, we should be careful about imitating America. Too many Japanese think that if we do things like America does, everything will be fine.


America is not a successful nation. It is in decline, and near total collapse. I do believe that IMF report that says China will overtake America as the world's primary economy.


America's decline is totally due to American mistakes. And greed for short term profit. Yet if you talk to an American, they will tell you over and over that America is the greatest nation on earth. And if you point out some fact that proves America is in trouble, they won't believe you. If you persist in stating facts, they will get angry with you. Perhaps even violent.


It is this inability to even consider their country's mistakes that dooms America.


And for my Japanese friends who are addressing the problem of sexual harassment in the Tohoku disaster region. Please forget everything American women told when you visited the US. American women in general are confrontational, and have a very nasty attitude towards men. This is my own experience.


I would tell you to do things as a Japanese, and find Japanese solutions.


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