Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Christopher Hitchens is an idiot

Christopher Hitchens submitted himself to waterboarding for an article in Vanity Fair. He reported You may have read by now the official lie about this treatment, which is that it “simulates” the feeling of drowning. This is not the case. You feel that you are drowning because you are drowning—or, rather, being drowned,
No you are not. Your lungs are higher than the heart. No water can make it up into them.
albeit slowly and under controlled conditions and at the mercy (or otherwise) of those who are applying the pressure. The “board” is the instrument, not the method. You are not being boarded. You are being watered.
Maybe it will help you to grow. It works for plants.
This was very rapidly brought home to me when, on top of the hood, which still admitted a few flashes of random and worrying strobe light to my vision, three layers of enveloping towel were added.... if waterboarding does not constitute torture, then there is no such thing as torture.
You have not got a clue what real torture is.
see-dubya blogged He seems to have recovered pretty well. Occasionally has trouble sleeping. Gee, I sure do hope Khaled Sheikh Mohammed isn’t having any of those lingering after-effects. I’d be pretty sad to learn he wasn’t sleeping soundly.

weasel blogged Torture is any experience so horrible that no-one would consider trying it out simply for the purpose of writing a Vanity Fair article about what it’s like.

Allahpundit blogged The quote from Malcolm Nance suggests that by waterboarding Al Qaeda we’ve only ended up teaching them how to resist the practice, but that’s a risk you absorb whenever you introduce a new weapon or tactic. And given the fact that the practice is reportedly no longer used and was never used all that much to begin with, how big of a risk is it?

Freddy Gray blogged Self-inflicted waterboarding is no joke. Participants risk the following side-effects: a severe increase in self-righteousness and self-pity; a tendency to write really boring copy; and heavy fits of moral outrage.

Phillip Carter blogged Stupid Is As Hitchens Does.

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