You know, its articles like those that remind me why the French use to be held of such low esteem. The rape of children might not be considered a crime in France, but it certainly is in the US. How anybody can find it in himself to defend a confessed rapist that decided to flee the country instead of facing just pusnishment for his actions is beyond me. With any other paedophile the extradition would only be a formality, and he would have been put to trial and sentenced years ago. It's a shame to see the US played for a fool by Polanski and his compagnons.
"When someone doesn't show up, the people who wait sometimes tell stories about what might have happened and come to half believe the desertion, the abduction, the accident. Worry is a way to pretend that you have knowledge or control over what you don't--and it surprises me, even in myself, how much we prefer ugly scenarios to the pure unknown. Perhaps fantasy is what you fill up maps with rather than saying that they too contain the unknown."— Rebecca Solnit