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Tuesday, February 25, 2003


Messing with France
Yesterday, I saw very small bits and pieces of Larry King's interview with Samantha Geimer, who, at 13, was raped by director Roman Polanski. It was standard Larry King sordid gossip-mongering, in general, but I did pick up from it something I hadn't realized until now: The United States does not have an extradition treaty with France regarding sexual crimes, and apparently has no interest in having one. Now, if Bush wanted to embarass France nicely, he could, once the situation in Iraq has calmed down, press very hard for that sort of treaty. The American public's awareness of (and disgust at) sexual crimes--especially those against minors--is at an all time high, and I can't imagine that there's a person outside of NAMBLA who would really oppose pushing hard for that sort of treaty. France would have to be diplomatically very quick on its feet to avoid embarassment, and further highlighting of the moral gap between France and America.
This, of course, is something we should have done a long time ago anyway, but now, even moreso.
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