John on September 30, 2009 at 2:18 pm
I used to love What If? It was a Marvel comic book in which you got to see how the world would be different if certain key events had gone differently. For instance, what if Spider-Man had joined the Fantastic Four?
So I have a little hypothetical for you? What if Roman Polanski had drugged and sodomized Khalid Sheikh Mohammed?
In case you’ve missed it somehow, Polanski is a film director who 30 years ago drugged and raped a 13 year old girl. He was convicted of a lesser charge (statutory rape) but fled the country to avoid sentencing. This week, Polanski was arrested and is finally going to be extradited back to the States to face justice.
Hollywood has been busy speaking up for the victim in the Polanski case. That victim it turns out is not the 13 year old girl he drugged and raped, but Polanski himself. Harvey Weinstein, Monica Belucci and Debra Winger are a few of the celebrities demanding Polanski’s release for time not served. Whoopi Goldberg didn’t go quite that far, but did defend him as not having committed “rape-rape.”
It’s not just Hollywood though. At the Washington Post, Anne Applebaum (such a nice name) thinks the rape story is bogus. The LA Times has been mitigating the facts of the case as well.
The far left seems to have a lot more sympathy for the convicted rapist than it does for the actual victim. This is the same crowd that believed Bush should be prosecuted for war crimes and members of the DOJ prosecuted for allowing the “torture” of Kahlid Mohammed. In that case it was the person committing the act that was wrong. Even if Mohammed confessed to being the mastermind of 9/11, he still had rights!
Not so much with Samantha Geimer, the 13 year old rape victim (now in her mid-40s).
If, somewhere in an alternate universe we could mash these stories together, I wonder who the left would root for? Certainly the interrogation of Khalid Mohammed never went as far as drugs and forcible sodomy. You can imagine what would’ve been said if it had. So what would they have said if Polanski had been the interrogator? Which is the immovable object and which the unstoppable force? Who can say (maybe Harvey Weinstein?). [On second thought, maybe Stan Lee is the better answer?]
If only we’d seen this a few years ago, Bush could have avoided all the negative headlines by simply hiring has-been directors to run interrogations. Barack Obama might want to keep this in mind.
Addendum: Eric the Red at Vocal Minority says “I can just see Whoopi Goldberg defending Bush, Cheney, and the CIA interrogators now: Hey, come on. It wasn’t torture torture!”
It’s funny cause it’s true.
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