Never a man to let ethical experience get in the way of media presence, Bernard-Henri Lévy has published a defense of Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
I understand the whole 'innocent until proven guilty' part of law, but BHL uses the innuendo of opportunism to impeach the accusations of sexual assault against his old buddy and IMF director DSK. Instead of my usual habit of sardonic and mocking commentary, I'll let him dig his own hole.
This is a convoluted way of blaming the victim:
I do not know—but, on the other hand, it would be nice to know, and without delay—how a chambermaid could have walked in alone, contrary to the habitual practice of most of New York’s grand hotels of sending a “cleaning brigade” of two people, into the room of one of the most closely watched figures on the planet.
And this is a red herring:
I hold it against all those who complacently accept the account of this other young woman, this one French, who pretends to have been the victim of the same kind of attempted rape, who has shut up for eight years but, sensing the golden opportunity, whips out her old dossier and comes to flog it on television.
Apparently these techniques are worth it, because BHL is worried about the political fallout:
The French left that, if Strauss-Kahn were really out of the arena, would lose its champion.
If this is true, and DSK is the champion of the left, I'd hate to see its enemies.