‘Six degrees of separation’ – that’s the idea that everyone on the planet is separated by only 5 (or maybe 6) other individuals. The idea may or may not have any basis in reality, but there’s no way for us to know because it has never been tested on a global scale, although if my experience on Facebook is anything to go by, I’d say it’s more like two degrees. Still, it’s an interesting (and rather complicated) idea to ponder, and it got me to thinking.
If I take one person I know, and then, via five other people, imagine getting to some red-neck living in a trailer at the back of a canyon in Arizona (or something like that) … that doesn’t really sound plausible. The only way I can see it working is if I chose a group of people from the same general social milieu that don’t know each other and are spread out around the world. So, I figured I’d try a little experiment, but I needed two subjects to connect, so I checked google news and the first two people I came up with were Nicolas Sarkozy and Dominque Strauss Kahn.
But then I realised I had a problem: these two are actually separated by zero degrees, because they know each other! I can’t use them! But then I figured, “who cares” I’m gonna check out their connections anyway, so I did, so you can just ignore all of the above (sorry!) and just read on, ok?
It seemed appropriate to start off with the prosecuting attorney in the Strauss Kahn sexual assault case, who happens to be Cyrus Roberts Vance, Jr.
Cyrus Vance Jr is the son of Cyrus Vance Sr who was the Secretary of State under President Jimmy Carter
Christine de Ganay’s first husband was Pal Sarkozy de Nagy-Bocsa
Pal Sarkozy is the father of Nicolas Sarkozy, the current French President
David Wisner, son of Frank G. Wisner, was Nicolas Sarkoy’s US campaign manager during his bid for the French presidential election in 2007 (don’t ask me why he had a US campaign manager, I’m just the messenger!)
So yeah, Strauss Kahn was probably set up to one extent or another (although he was probably an easy mark), but he really has no one to blame but himself. As MD of the IMF he did, apparently, have some silly ideas about maybe not screwing over the masses (like the Irish and the Greeks) quite so blatantly. And the fact that he has already had ‘trial by US media’ is always strongly suggestive of a hidden agenda, although the prosecution’s case may yet unravel.