Saturday, May 21, 2011

The merits Strauss-Kahn

There are some who believe that history will serve a predetermined purpose. Is what might be thinking now Nicolas Sarkozy, even though you had nothing to do with what happens to Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK, for the French) to be tried for attempted rape, criminal sexual act and unlawful restraint. But the story remains a mystery.

Detention of Strauss-Kahn, who on Thursday resigned as chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has precipitated the events in the process of diffusion of global power. The story should be more chance and necessity, as nature. In the early hours of Saturday, Strauss-Kahn was the IMF's managing director and, according to polls, also was Socialist candidate most likely to become the president of the French in the 2012 elections.

But that day was hosted in 2806 in a hotel suite in Manhattan. Around noon, a maid entered the suite, pushing a cart with cleaning products, and shortly afterwards, as reported, Strauss-Kahn came out of the bathroom naked and tried to rape her. Now, the unexpected fall of the French politician will not only satisfy the needs of Sarkozy, who must be reelected, and François Hollande, a Socialist from here most likely to be a candidate for president.

Also shake the economic order. The global diffusion of power is becoming more apparent. In April 2009, the G-20 (group composed of industrialized and emerging countries) staged the new state of affairs in London. And two months later, four members of the G-20 and what is known as BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) called in a summit on Russian soil, a new order in international financial organizations.

Now, the resignation of Strauss-Kahn will allow emerging powers at least to test the leadership of the United States and Europe. The present international economic order is from the 1940's, when the U.S. was the hegemonic power and founded the UN, IMF and NATO. Now, ask another deal emerging on the cake, including the managing director of IMF, which traditionally has held a European history repeat itself with the Americans in front of the World Bank.

The BRIC countries now total 22% of the global economy, the United States, 25%. So ask about decision-making mechanisms "fairer." A series of coincidences led Strauss-Kahn, following the unexpected resignation of Rodrigo Rato, took office as managing director of the IMF in November 2007.

And the need was that the French rescue the IMF when it languished amid a historic economic storm. Maybe made a virtue of necessity, but the fact is that, with it, the IMF went from being the guardian of the neoliberal orthodoxy to claim a financial market regulation. And it was not a minor issue: Strauss-Kahn dismissed strengthen Europe in the body for the benefit of emerging.

Not all have been coincidence, but in this story. Three years ago, Strauss-Kahn had an affair with an IMF employee was filed on the grounds that it had been consensual. But the woman, Piroska Nagy, wrote something that should have alerted the IMF. "I fear that this is a man with a problem that makes a person unfit to lead an institution to have women working under him," said Nagy, according to The Wall Street Journal.

France was outraged by the treatment given to judicial and media Strauss-Kahn. But it was also striking French reaction to all kinds to fuel conspiracy theories. The Christian Democratic Party chairwoman, Christine Boutin, said that "probably a trap and fell." And to the question of who could do it, replied: "It could come from the IMF, the right or the French left." Henri de Raincourt, Cooperation Minister, assured that "there can not think of a trap." And Jacques Attali, a presidential adviser, spoke of "manipulation." The result is that the idea of conspiracy has permeated public opinion, which in 57% believe that everything has been fabricated.

William Shakespeare Macbeth was sentenced to "life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." Dominique Strauss-Kahn will have to tell the Supreme Court of New York fund its part of history.

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