- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 29, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The aftermath of the arrest of deposed managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Khan (or “Le Grand Seducteur” as he is known to his adoring acolytes) offers the realization that the “ugly American” of the past century has been supplanted by the “ugly European” of the 21st century (“French politicians face female fury over harassment, sexism,” Web, World, Sunday).

Mr. Strauss-Khan, a man of considerable fortune and a well-developed sense of hedonistic entitlement, and with a wife exceeding him in affluence, is well accustomed to lavish environs, closets of $20,000 suits and $3,000-a-night hotels.

Outfitted with an ankle bracelet, an armed guard and a $5 million bond, Mr. Strauss-Khan presently resides in a rented multimillion-dollar town house. A gentleman of his guile surely will acquire a means to deceive one guard and attain the expertise to subjugate an ankle bracelet. There are numerous private jets capable of flying to the privileged sanctuary of Paris, free of American extradition, a la Roman Polanski. A meager $5 million bond is insufficient to deter him.

TONY FAVERO

Half Moon Bay, Calif.

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