Skip to comments.NYT OpEd: Before You Judge (Strauss-Kahn's accuser), Stand in Her Shoes
Posted on 07/06/2011 6:04:39 AM PDT by flowerplough
Revalations about the hotel housekeeper who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault suggest that she embellished claims of abuse to receive asylum, fudged her tax returns, had ties to people with criminal backgrounds, had unexplained deposits in her bank account and changed the account of the encounter she gave investigators. Yet those who would rush to judge her should consider the context.
Mr. Strauss-Kahns accuser is from Guinea, also the home country of Amadou Diallo, the street peddler who was shot to death in the doorway of his Bronx apartment building by four New York City police officers in 1999. Guineans leave their country in large numbers, partly because of grinding poverty; 70 percent live on less than $1.25 a day , despite the fact that Guinea has almost half of the worlds bauxite (from which aluminum is made), as well as iron, gold, uranium, diamonds and offshore oil.
The same leaders whose theft and mismanagement have kept so many Guineans poor in the decades since independence from France, in 1958, have also been ferociously violent, massacring as many as 186 unarmed demonstrators calling for democratic reforms in 2007, and at least 157 demanding the same in 2009. After the latter massacre, members of the state security forces gang-raped dozens of women to punish them for protesting and to terrorize men and women into silence.
While the American government condemned the massacres, the bauxite kept shipping, supplying Americans with aluminum cookware and automobile parts. Thats no surprise; the biggest mining companies doing business in Guinea are based in the United States, Canada, Britain and Australia.
People fleeing state-sponsored violence and extreme poverty will do anything to leave. I receive requests every few weeks to write expert-witness affidavits for West African asylum claimants. As a personal matter of conscience, ...
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That’s right. “We’re all guilty!”
They left out the part that she selling sex for money to Hotel Guests and targeted this guy because he was rich and expected some kind of payment.
It’s our fault.
I don’t think I’d fit in her shoes. I really don’t, and for that I am glad.
I wouldn’t touch those shoes.
Feminists never lie about rape.
I just can’t wear heals.
What a bizarre piece.
This woman isn’t trying to gain asylum, she’s already here. Once asylum is granted, the person must follow the law. If they get involved in drugs & prostitution & money-laundering and who knows what other illegal activity, they should be arrested, jailed and then deported.
Not to say that I don’t think Strauss-Kahn is a creepy lech and hope the new accusation of attempted rape lands him in jail.
Before you judge Adolph Hitler, recall he had a tough homelife, and that he is an immigrant from Austria....
Stand in her shoes? OK, no problem...
...as long as I don't have to lie on her back.
“Yet those who would rush to judge her should consider the context.”
The foundation of the moral relativism that drives so much of the progressive agenda is captured well in that single sentence. We just need to see everything in proper context, you know...
No,Rich White Guys!77777777777
If I stand in her shoes, can I have her bank accounts??
Stand in her shoes? You mean with all the goop
on them? Any way wouldn’t it be better to ask,
“Why don’t you kneel in her shoes?”
But I might be willing to stand on her shoes, if she were wearing them.