September 27, 2009

I'm guessing she doesn't have teenage daughters

Nor do I, for that matter, but I'm tempted to use a word to describe WaPo columnist Anne Applebaum that I rarely utter. I think you know which word I'm talking about. But since my mother tried her best to raise me to be something close to a gentleman, I'll settle for calling her an amoral dumbass.

You see, Ms. Applebaum is upset that child-rapist Roman Polanski was arrested in Switzerland this weekend. More than upset, seeing as how she calls it "outrageous"...

I am certain there are many who will harrumph that, following this arrest, justice was done at last. But Polanski is 76. To put him on trial or keep him in jail does not serve society in general or his victim in particular. Nor does it prove the doggedness and earnestness of the American legal system.
It proves, Anne, that nobody is above the law. It doesn't matter if you're a gifted filmmaker, that you survived the horrors of the Nazi occupation of Poland, that you escaped Communism, or that your wife was one of the most famous murder victims of the 20th century. If you drug and rape a 13-year-old girl and then flee from justice, there ought to be a reckoning.

Oh, and her final line is just incredible:
If he weren't famous, I bet no one would bother with him at all.
And if he weren't famous, I bet you wouldn't be defending him like this. The fact that you're doing so is what's really outrageous here.

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