Friday, May 20, 2011

Finkielkraut Déconne

Here. C'est du Finkielkraut pur sucre.

9 comments:

Kirk said...

He's right. If they hadn't shown footage of DSK being taken into a car by cops, no one would know that he was accused.

I'll note that at no time did I see handcuffs; I just saw his hands behind his back.

Alex Price said...

A question: If DSK were condemned to 25 years in prison, how many of those would he be likely to serve? After how many years would he be eligible for parole, assuming good behavior? Does anyone know?

Arthur Goldhammer said...

The most serious charge is a class B felony, which carries a sentence of 5 to 25 years, so he would be eligible for parole in a minimum of 5 years.

meshplate said...

What is wrong with this guy? He's as predicable as clockwork. Of course, not a word, like BHL, for the victim. Well at least he didn't impugn her!

It's as if it were ok to rape as long as the sentence is the right length according to Finkielkraut. He obviously knows nothing about US law, where every seems to get out way before serving full sentence.

I used to occasionally enjoy his intellectual program, but even there he gets into a lather at the drop of the hat about some bee in his bonnet. What a fool. Or just a weird quixotic character?

Arthur Goldhammer said...

In fairness, Meshplate, he does express sympathy for the victim "if she turns out to be a victim." It's a hypothetical sympathy, to be sure, but he admits the possibility and says "il faut en parler."

meshplate said...

Well, a throw away like is just not very credible or sincere. I admit I miss it. He whizzed over it to get to his point. Turning the world upside down, the almost all powerful DSK is the victim of what himself. No? US justice! But it's very simple, if you don't like getting caught up in a NYC rape trial, don't do anything that could be construed by the chambermaid in your hotel as attempted rape. I am absolutely sure that if you leave her alone, shel will not spontaneously spring a false rape charge on one of most prominent figures in world politics.

Alex Price said...

Thanks. Quite a difference between 5 years and, say, 74. Or 25 for that matter.

meshplate said...

I listened again and realized that I hadn't heard the first five minutes. Mysteriously, the clip stated playing in the last third. Anyhow, I have this to say. He claims to feel sorry that the victim had to undergo 15 minutes of attack, which he admits is long. Then he says that he understands that there were several attempts at several kinds of penetration. But then later he attacks the charges which in fact detail these individual attempts in order to rubbish them and say that there should be a single charge. That in itself is to not respect the victim with whose terror he pretends to sympathize.

CJWilly said...

I never agree with Finkielkraut but I tend to agree with him here..

The American criminal "justice" system - with 2.3 million people in jail including a majority for non-violent crimes, notably drug-related - could be called "barbarous".

American politicians decided in the 1980s that"le sécurataire à outrance" wa the solution to their social problems. Now the American prison-industrial complex is as vast as the old Soviet gulag and leads the world in both absolute and per capita prisoners.

DSK, whether he committed this crime or not and I am tending to think he did, now faces a very difficult "justice"..