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Monday, September 28, 2009
By Steven L. Taylor

To deviate from discussions of elections and the like, I note with puzzlement a post by Anne Applebaum at WaPo’s PostPartisan concerning the arrest of Roman Polanski in Switzerland:  The Outrageous Arrest of Roman Polanski. 

I am at a loss at to a) why the arrest was “outrageous” (indeed, the most outrageous part of the Polanski story is that he has managed to escape justice to this point, after all, as Kate Harding points out at Salon, Reminder: Roman Polanski raped a child), and b) why his personal history with the holocaust is at all relevant (what, if one’s mother died at Auschwitz, that mitigates child rape?  Really?).

Applebaum not only applies odd logic (to be kind) and poor reasoning, she also fails to disclose her own conflict of interest in this story (i.e., that her husband is a member of the Polish government who is advocating on Polanski’s behalf).  See Patterico for more on that.

I would also recommend Scott Lemieux’s post on this subject.

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