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Ghost Writer by Polanski review by Gilad Atzmon
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Polanski's Ghost Writer
A film review


By Gilad Atzmon

April 21, 2010 "
Information Clearing House" -- It is somewhat puzzling that director Roman Polanski, who has managed to evade justice for more than three decades, decided to make a film chronicling a disgraced British PM in his attempt to escape the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague.
Polanski's latest movie is based on Robert Harris’ bestseller (The Ghost). It tells the story of a ‘fictional’ ex British PM Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan) who though once hugely popular, is now totally despised. Lang is in exile in the USA with his wife Ruth (Olivia Williams). He fears extradition to The Hague Tribunal.
The main protagonist, who leads the film from beginning to end, is a ghostwriter (Ewan McGregor). He is hired by a publisher to write Lang’s biography following the mysterious death of Lang’s previous ghostwriter. The new recruit soon discovers that something with the Langs is not exactly kosher. The Langs, it turns out, were working for the CIA.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_AerBW0EcI

The resemblance between Adam Lang and Tony Blair is more than obvious. Adam Lang is a handsome dark-haired guy, he is athletic, he is charming, he is slick, he is a war criminal but he is also venerable, he flips easily. The film tackles the most devastating chapter in recent history, the transformation of Anglo American liberal democracy into a lethal killing machine, fueled by pathos and righteousness, a chapter British society is not yet mature enough to deal with. Once again, it is artistic, creative minds such as Harris and Polanski who are engaged with questions the Chilcot Inquiry would never dwell upon.
So far, any conventional attempt to outline a rational or logical narrative that would explain the logos behind Tony Blair’s conduct from 2002 onwards, has failed miserably. Blair launched an illegal war based on a fabricated dossier. He took the country into conflict in spite of some serious opposition from within the military, the intelligence, the cabinet, the Labour party, the media and the general public. During this process Blair mounted some severe pressure on intelligence officers and legal experts to approve his lethal agenda. Blair was also clinging to Zionist fund-raisers and supporters within the media. It is far from clear why he did it.
The Blairites offer two explanations that are supposed to suggest a rational motivation behind Blair’s wars. One presents Blair as a devout Christian. However, murdering 1.5 Iraqis in the name of God was not going to work in the 21st century. Besides, a nation that voted Labour was not necessarily going to be happy to find out that it ended up with a messianic Crusader. The other Blairite explanation refers to ‘moral interventionalism’. This particular ‘spin’ is largely promoted by Zionists and Neocons within the British media and academia. Yet, launching a Zionist war and committing genocide in the name of ‘morality’ is an even more embarrassing excuse than using God. Seemingly, there is no patriotic narrative that would justify Blair’s policies and crimes. Clearly the lack of any sincere political reasoning led to the invention of Adam Lang, a fictional American CIA pawn planted at the heart of British politics.
[Image: The-Ghost-Writer-1.JPG.jpg?__SQUARESPACE...1843195396]As much as Lang resembles Blair, one may still notice that Adam Lang lacks some key figures that were associated with the Blair leadership. Adam Lang operates without a Lord Cash Machine or a “Friend of Israel” backer who sorts things out. He also suffers from the absence of a submissive legal expert, someone who may remind us of Lord Green Light. Nor is there a mention of the Wolfowitzes or Perles. Interestingly enough, not a single word about the Zionist Neocon enthusiasts within the British Media is registered in the film. I guess there is a limit to what we can expect from Polanski, a film genius who brought The Pianist to life.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itR0-I9idXk

In Polanski’s The Ghost Writer, it is not the Zionists who run the show and drag us into one war after another, it is actually the CIA and Adam’s wife Ruth who set us all up. In Polanski’s cinematic universe Adam Lang is merely a puppet, a charming yet naïve actor from Cambridge University who was recruited by a foreign intelligence agency. Lang himself may fail to understand what he was all about. He is innocent he may even be a victim. In Polanski’s film Adam Lang is almost a tragic figure, a pathetic narcissist exploited by evil forces. This interpretation may help us to understand why Polanski who is currently fighting an extradition order to the United States for a sex assault committed many years ago, chose to make a film about a war criminal ex-world leader on the run. The true story, Polanski may want us to believe, is slightly more complicated than it seems.
This presentation of Adam Lang as a victim is obviously there to break the resemblance with Tony Blair. It leaves Adam Lang, the tragic figure, in safe fictional territory but it leaves us also with an incomplete task. Whether Blair was a CIA agent, subject to blackmail, a devout Christian or a moral interventionalist we still have to make sure that he is delivered in one piece to the Hague to face justice. We owe this to the millions who lost their life in the name of his phony ideology. [Image: tony_blair.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1271843289907]














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"The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it." Karl Marx

"He would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies. When asked in court whether she knew that Lord Astor had denied having sex with her.

“I think it would be a good idea” Ghandi, when asked about Western Civilisation.
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And this brings me back to an old chestnut --- was prior leader of the Labour Party, John Smith, killed or did he die naturally of a heart attack in 1994. Had he survived, dear "Tone" would've never amounted to anything, let alone the grinning bucket of puke he became. Smith had the Labour Party in his pocket and was much admired and much loved and was an old fashioned Labour politician.

From his Wiki entry:

Quote:John Smith was appointed Shadow Chancellor by Neil Kinnock in June 1987 after Party's General Election defeat. However, he suffered a heart attack whilst Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer on 9 October 1988 and was forced to spend three months away from Westminster to recover. On that occasion, he had complained of chest pains the night before, and had to be persuaded to cancel a flight to London so he could go to hospital for a check up. He was examined at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary by an ECG. The doctor who examined him said "Whatever it is, we don't think it is your heart". Then Smith suddenly collapsed and was briefly unconscious before coming around. He spent three days in intensive care before leaving hospital on 20 October 1988, to make a full recovery.

Smith made modifications to his lifestyle by going on a 1,000 calorie diet, cutting down on rich foods and fine wines, giving up smoking and taking up Munro bagging and by the time of his death he had succeeded in climbing 108 of the 277 Scottish Munros (mountains over 3,000 feet above sea level at the summit). His weight dropped from 15 stone 5 pounds (98 kg) at the time of the first heart attack, to 12 stone 10 pounds (81 kg) when he returned to Parliament on 23 January 1989.

Is it possible that 'Tone' was recruited by the CIA and became their boy to run the UK and that Smith was an impediment to this plan and had to go via the old heart attack accident?

Is it possible that Polanski's recent troubles stem directly from this film that appear to out Tone as an asset of the boys in Virginia?
The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.
Carl Jung - Aion (1951). CW 9, Part II: P.14
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It has occurred to me in the past. It is something I have never checked out but it does fit oh so well.
"The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it." Karl Marx

"He would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies. When asked in court whether she knew that Lord Astor had denied having sex with her.

“I think it would be a good idea” Ghandi, when asked about Western Civilisation.
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I read Robert Harris' puerile The Ghost.

It has a ridiculous cop-out twist, which may amuse Paxman and his mates, but is in reality just pathetic.

Blair/Lang is indeed presented as an innocent victim of comicbook dark forces which he neither comprehends nor understands.

The book is not revolutionary. Nor radical. Let alone a challenge to MSM consensus constructed reality.

It doesn't sound as if Polanski's film is any more radical or subversive than the book. But I s'pose we'll have to wait and see.
"It means this War was never political at all, the politics was all theatre, all just to keep the people distracted...."
"Proverbs for Paranoids 4: You hide, They seek."
"They are in Love. Fuck the War."

Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon

"Ccollanan Pachacamac ricuy auccacunac yahuarniy hichascancuta."
The last words of the last Inka, Tupac Amaru, led to the gallows by men of god & dogs of war
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I browsed through the e-book when we were discussing Polanski's arrest in another thread. I didn't detect great literautre but didn't look too closely. I took the book to be filler for the central message: Blair and probably Brown are CIA agents.

How much did Romek Sikorksi work behind the scenes to get Polanski freed, if at all? What were the Kaczynski cabinet making of the sudden arrest of Europe's oldest fugitive from American justice, the Holocaust survivor who called himself Romek Wilk? Is this the same Sikorski who wrote Full Circle[i]?

Quote:Radek Sikroski was born in Poland in 1963. He played an active role in Solidarity and was granted political asylum in Britain in 1982. After studying at Pembroke College, Oxford, he worked as a freelance journalist, contributing to the [i]Observer, the Spectator, the Sunday Telegraph, and Encounter. He is the author of Dust of the Saints: A Journey to Herat in Time of War. He served as a deputy defense minister in the first freely elected government in Poland after Communism. Sikorski has written for The National Review, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, and Rzeczpospolita, Poland's newspaper of record.

If Polanski was threatening Blair's candidacy as President of Europe, the post assigned to the limp dish rag Rompuy after Blair's name was more or less rejected by France and other EU members on the continent, why would the presumably UK-affiliated Sikorski push for Polanski's release or at least home-arrest, so he could finish the film?

Is it possible Sikorski was working within the Kaczynski/Trusk cabinets on bhealf of Blair's alleged paymasters?

If so, would Blair and Sikorski's paymasters stoop to grand spectacle by decapitating the titular or symbolic head of the Polish Republic, president Kaczynski, in broad daylight (with light fog) in order to send a message to potential future threats to the paymasters' interests in Europe?

This is all speculation built on speculation and I don't have a firm enough grasp of Polish politics to gauge the likelihood of who is playing on whose side. And it wasn't CIA troops who arrived on the scene with guns blazing.
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OK - this is a deep politics forum, so I'm going to reveal below the plot twist at the end of The Ghost.

If you don't want to know, ignore the rest of this post.

...............

..............

The twist is that Lang/Blair isn't CIA.

However, Lang's wife/Cherie has been CIA since her youth.

As I wrote above, this is a puerile, ridiculous, cop-out twist, which may amuse Paxman and his mates, but is in reality just pathetic.

I do not consider it likely that Polanski was re-arrested for buggering a 13-year-old girl because of his filming of The Ghost.
"It means this War was never political at all, the politics was all theatre, all just to keep the people distracted...."
"Proverbs for Paranoids 4: You hide, They seek."
"They are in Love. Fuck the War."

Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon

"Ccollanan Pachacamac ricuy auccacunac yahuarniy hichascancuta."
The last words of the last Inka, Tupac Amaru, led to the gallows by men of god & dogs of war
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That's right, I forgot it was his wife, even though I skipped to the end (no spoiler alert because the quality of the work doesn't really require it). Someone else told me Gordon Brown was the real CIA agent, but I never looked into it. I just extracted Sikorski's book from the moving box and the first paragraph in the prologue is interesting:

Quote:On the fourth of June, 1989, the day of Poland's first partly democratic election since the Second World War, I was deep in the Angolan bush, not far from the strategic Benguela railway. I had joined a unit of Jonas Savimbi's UNITA guerillas on a long trek from his base at Jamba to the battleground in the central highlands. They had been fighting a Cuban-supported Communist government in Luanda since the 1970s and I admired them. Later, Savimbi's personality cult, the dishonesty of my minders, and the atmosphere of voodoo superstition were to change my mind.

Very Heart of Darkness there. What's Sikorski's connexion with British intelligence, if any? Is this the same person who is Trusk's foreign minister?

I can't think of any other reason Polanski would be arrested at the time he was unless it was some horse trading involving US interests, UBS and bailouts, but that seems even less likely.
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Magda Hassan Wrote:In Polanski’s The Ghost Writer, it is not the Zionists who run the show and drag us into one war after another, it is actually the CIA and Adam’s wife Ruth who set us all up.

http://radioislam.org/islam/english/jewi...tycoon.htm

Ann Louise Bardach, "The Last Tycoon," Los Angeles Magazine, April 2000

Quote:Roman Polanski has enjoyed a 20-year friendship with Milchan. "Dinners, parties, nightclubs," says Polanski from his home in Paris. "He's fun." In 1981, Milchan produced the French version of the stage play Amadeus, which Polanski directed and starred in as Mozart. "It was a big success and could have gone on for years, but I couldn't do it anymore," says Polanski, who adds that Milchan has also helped him with advice about distribution of his films. However, they have yet to make a movie together. "Of course, I've heard what people say: `Better to be friends with him than do business.' I know he's a tough businessman. Tough is fine, ruthless, no--but I haven't seen that."

Arnon Milchan = Mossad, arms dealer, propagandist for Apartheid. And, of course, Executive Producer of Stone's JFK.

No wonder the Israeli lobby angle gets no play in The Ghost.
"There are three sorts of conspiracy: by the people who complain, by the people who write, by the people who take action. There is nothing to fear from the first group, the two others are more dangerous; but the police have to be part of all three,"

Joseph Fouche
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Helen Reyes Wrote:That's right, I forgot it was his wife, even though I skipped to the end (no spoiler alert because the quality of the work doesn't really require it). Someone else told me Gordon Brown was the real CIA agent, but I never looked into it. I just extracted Sikorski's book from the moving box and the first paragraph in the prologue is interesting:

Quote:On the fourth of June, 1989, the day of Poland's first partly democratic election since the Second World War, I was deep in the Angolan bush, not far from the strategic Benguela railway. I had joined a unit of Jonas Savimbi's UNITA guerillas on a long trek from his base at Jamba to the battleground in the central highlands. They had been fighting a Cuban-supported Communist government in Luanda since the 1970s and I admired them. Later, Savimbi's personality cult, the dishonesty of my minders, and the atmosphere of voodoo superstition were to change my mind.

Very Heart of Darkness there. What's Sikorski's connexion with British intelligence, if any? Is this the same person who is Trusk's foreign minister?

I can't think of any other reason Polanski would be arrested at the time he was unless it was some horse trading involving US interests, UBS and bailouts, but that seems even less likely.

There was an interesting essay in LOBSTER several years ago that showed that Blair, Brown and Mo Mowlem were all members of an American think-tank, or similar (can't recall its name just now), and as I remember it the essay suggested all three were captured assets of US interests. Does this mean CIA? Perhaps. But they were, it seems, working for the interests of a foreign power, not their own country.

Of course, this "betrayal" argument has little legs because it is commonplace for leading lights in Blighty to hold Uncle's coat-tails. Years ago Fred Holroyd told me that it was not at all unusual or even remarkable for the CIA station people to openly recruit officers from the British Army Intelligence Corps.
The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.
Carl Jung - Aion (1951). CW 9, Part II: P.14
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For me, the central point about this puerile Ghost rubbish is that for 99% of the book, it leads the reader (and presumably viewer) to believe that Lang/Blair is a bought and paid for American intelligence asset.

Then comes the twist:

Sheeple - you can sleep easily. That nice Tony Blair/Lang isn't an American intel asset. Rather he's an honest man misled and betrayed by those around him.

The real Machiavellian one is Mrs Lang/Blair - aka Middle Englander Daily Mail's Cherie the Wicked Witch, and she is a CIA asset.

Effectively, this allows the public to indulge in a permitted "conspiracy theory" - ooh, was Tony CIA? - before the book (and presumably the movie) disses the "conspiracy theory" in favour of something truly ridiculous.

The Ghost is not radical.

It is not a danger to consensus reality.

If anything, this complete and utter waste of paper reinforces the status quo ante.
"It means this War was never political at all, the politics was all theatre, all just to keep the people distracted...."
"Proverbs for Paranoids 4: You hide, They seek."
"They are in Love. Fuck the War."

Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon

"Ccollanan Pachacamac ricuy auccacunac yahuarniy hichascancuta."
The last words of the last Inka, Tupac Amaru, led to the gallows by men of god & dogs of war
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