The beauty of the U.S. justice system
THE arrest of former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has not only sent shock waves through the United States, Europe and the rest of the world, but it has also shown us the magic and effectiveness of the U.S. system of governance.
The structure is a flat one. Whether you are a high-ranking politician or the owner of a major-league football team, you are subject to the same laws of the country.
The swiftness of the long arm of the law is commendable. Who would have thought that a woman from an impoverished African country can take on the leader of the IMF, and actu- ally be heard against the heavyweight?
There are only a few people in the U.S. who can evade such charges, and they are the two percent who control 90% of the country’s wealth. If you are not in that bracket, you are just Joe Sample.
Strauss-Kahn has since put up the $1 million bail, as well as a $5 million bond, for his freedom from Rikers Island correctional facility, however temporary, and he is now staying in a Manhattan apartment under house confinement with heavy security, which includes around-the-clock camera surveillance, two armed guards at the door of the apartment and at the main entrance, as well as an ankle bracelet to monitor his movements.
Among the charges are the sexual abuse and rape of a housekeeper, and committing a criminal sexual act, with the most serious of the charges guaranteeing him 25 years behind bars.
That is the beauty of the U.S. justice system. No matter how much clout you have, an ordinary African woman who went to the U.S. to look for the so-called American dream is guaranteed the same rights as you, even if you are a French national who effectively controlled billions of Euros in funding before he resigned as a result of the scandal.
The U.S. constitution is obviously not all talk and no walk, if you catch my drift.
The problem with all this is the human factor: this could have been a setup, and I am saying this with all due respect to the complainant, before gender activists start calling for my head like my lemon-chewing friends from Hilton, Howick and Greytown, among others.
The man was the chief of the IMF, for crying out loud, and those who have an axe to grind against him could have easily used dirty tricks. We know this, as it has happened in the past. It’s a trick that is as old as time.
Men find it very difficult to turn down sexual advances, while it is easy for women. Do you know why?
It is because men spend their lives chasing sex and they get turned down eight out of 10 times, while women can choose who they want to have sex with.
This, therefore, makes it easier for women to trick men.
Should the allegations against StraussKahn prove to be true, it will take some traditional Zulu muthi to get out of this one, say jumping over a bonfire, butt naked while gurgling a bitter concoction.