Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Julian Assange & “Inside Job”

Dominique Strauss-Kahn (French socialist polit...

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I recently watched “Inside Job” for the first time. That was the winner of the 2011 Best Documentary, Features Academy Award, and it details the financial meltdown of 2008. I would recommend this documentary to everyone.

What I appreciate most is how it doesn’t play favorites among our two parties. This film shows how every president since Reagan has been part of the problem by hiring Wall Street insiders to positions of power within the government’s financial regulatory agencies.

This film interviews many people. Some are defensive while others are willing to criticize what was going on. One of those who criticized what had gone on was Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The day after I saw this film, I learned that he has been accused of raping a woman. I remembered him from the film, and I thought “what a shame” and “how horrible”.

The juxtaposition of these experiences about this person settled and digested a bit until I finally began to wonder about a conspiracy. My mind immediately connected to Julian Assange. Here are two foreigners who after criticizing or damaging the reputation of the U.S. government have been put away on charges of rape.

I am not a fan of conspiracy theories because I feel like they feed on paranoia and resist evidence to the contrary. On the other hand it is certainly true that sometimes conspiracies do exist. Even if my worst fears are true and these men were set up, I don’t really see this as a full-blown conspiracy, but it smells like one.

Someone with a lot more intellectual capital than me has also suspected the same thing. Paul Craig Roberts, former U.S. assistant secretary of the Treasury espouses the same idea in an interesting article here. His article goes into more detail about why the U.S. would want to derail the campaign of this man who was the front-runner to become the next president of France.

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