Monday, September 28, 2009

How Polanski's arrest leads us to Libya?

So much for Swiss neutrality! The Swiss yesterday arrested director Roman Polanski as he flew into Zurich to receive an award at a film festival. He's been living in France since fleeing the US in 1977, before he was sentenced for raping a 13 year old girl..after the judge reneged on his plea bargain.

What a colossal waste of time, manpower, and expense! I don't condone child rape, or think he deserves leniency because his mom died in Auschwitz and his wife had their fetus gruesomely ripped out of her by Manson, but Polanski's own victim has dropped the charges. She has gone so far as to say she'd go to court to exonerate him.

So...WTF? Mostly this feels like a strange power play. With the arrest of Polanski, the Swiss didn't settle for merely ass-kissing. They have actually stationed themselves far up inside the USA's butt. Of all the obsequious things! Why? They Swiss justice ministry says politics aren't in play here. Uh, sure. And special interest isn't strangling our health care debate!

I asked my Swiss friend, Rebekka and here's what she had to say from the view over there. She's only guessing, but don't be surprised if you see the Clinton's packing for Libya at some point in the future.

"Here's the reason i think why the Swiss did this: There have been major issues between Switzerland and Lybia for over a year now. I don't think the New York Times has written about it, or have they? Last summer, one of the sons of the Lybian dictator stayed in a Geneva hotel with his wife. He and the wife severely abused their staff or hotel staff (like hot irons on skin, beating, locking up etc.) so the Geneva police arrested the two (who were soon bailed out).

In response, the Lybian dictator did not allow two Swiss citizens, fairly high up business dudes working in Lybia, to leave the country. They have been stuck there ever since. Just after Clinton freed the two journalists in North Korea this year, our Swiss head of state went to Lybia trying to do the same thing. He came back alone, but had signed a very bizarre contract with Lybia, in which the hostages are not mentioned, but the Swiss politician said it was promised to him verbally they would return by early September (what a loser!)

They are still stuck in Lybia and now even being tried for some supposed visa issues. Anyhow, the Swiss people are pissed at the Swiss head of state for having signed such a stupid and undetailed 'contract' and to have actually apologized for the arrest of the violent son. So i think the Swiss now want help from the US to get those two guys freed."

Yet another tangled page in the web of international politics.

4 comments:

Don said...

If we were only aware of all the political intrigue that goes on we would all be appalled. Thanks for the reminder - hard to believe which is part of what allows this kind of thing to happen.

Tony said...

Hey Jesse -

Your Swiss friend Rebekka's theory on the Polanski arrest is fascinating, but perhaps a bit more baroque than the situation warrants. Today's NYT piece (www.nytimes.com/2009/09/29/movies/29polanski.html) on the timing reports that the arrest request originated with a Deputy DA in Los Angeles and was routinely transmitted to the Swiss by the US Justice Dept.
I think the the real unanswered question is why that guy in LA decided to take the case off the shelf now after years of relative neglect.
Is he getting ready to run for elective office in California? As a law and order, "family values" Republican? I haven't checked into it yet, so that's just a theory too, but I wouldn't be surprised.

Basel-based Michael said...

Nice theory from Rebekka, even better knowing that Polanski spend several winter holidays in Gstaad in the past 30 years and was never arrested then, even though the arrest request is quite old already. This year Switzerland is having major problems with the US concerning the tax haven issue and the UBS helping US citizens in tax fraud. Could it be that Polanski was simply sold....

Honi soit qui mal y pense!

Basel-based Michael said...

Nice theory from Rebekka, even better knowing that Polanski spend several winter holidays in Gstaad in the past 30 years and was never arrested then, even though the arrest request is quite old already. This year Switzerland is having major problems with the US concerning the tax haven issue and the UBS helping US citizens in tax fraud. Could it be that Polanski was simply sold....

Honi soit qui mal y pense!