Christopher Hitchens Gets Waterboarded

...decides that it is torture, after all.

Video here.

Glad we have that cleared up! Needless to say, he is treated more gently than any dominatrix's client -- let alone a detained suspect.

Now if we can just subject enough members of Congress....

July 2, 2008 10:35 AM | | Comments (4)

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What was stunning about the demonstration was a) how incredibly short a time it took to get Hitchens to cry 'uncle.' I'm not going to make jokes about his courage or physical endurance. He's poured enough liquids down his throat to know which one might actually stop him breathing -- more rapidly and less pleasantly than his usual libations.

But then there was b) the music. Are shlocky disco re-mixes sampling Carmina Burana a regular part of "aggressive interrogation"? These SERE folks know no mercy.

Well it seems to me you have your answer right there. It was the music that broke him.

I have been trying to radiate love to all mankind, lately, on my way to satori. So, I am not going to watch this video, as it would obviously send me tumbling backwards along my path, as I wished for one more dunk, just one more, let the mass murder enabler ... er, no!

I'm now going to have to meditate for four hours on the transience of all things, god damn it! Just as I was feeling a detached beneficence for the entirety of living beings among the ten thousandfold worlds! You know, you should be a bit more thoughtful to your bodhisattva aspiring readers.

This is from the Epilogue to Saint Joan:

THE NEWCOMER. Excuse me, gentle lords and ladies. Do not let me disturb you. Only a poor old harmless English rector. Formerly chaplain to the cardinal: to my lord of Winchester. John de Stogumber, at your service. [He looks at them inquiringly] Did you say anything? I am a little deaf, unfortunately. Also a little--well, not always in my right mind, perhaps; but still, it is a small village with a few simple people. I suffice: I suffice: they love me there; and I am able to do a little good. I am well connected, you see; and they indulge me.

JOAN. Poor old John! What brought thee to this state?

DE STOGUMBER. I tell my folks they must be very careful. I say to them, 'If you only saw what you think about you would think quite differently about it. It would give you a great shock. Oh, a great shock.' And they all say 'Yes, Parson: we all know you are a kind man, and would not harm a fly.' That is a great comfort to me. For I am not cruel by nature, you know.

THE SOLDIER. Who said you were?

DE STOGUMBER. Well, you see, I did a very cruel thing once because I did not know what cruelty was like. I had not seen it, you know. That is the great thing: you must see it. And then you are redeemed and saved.

CAUCHON. Were not the sufferings of our Lord Christ enough for you?

DE STOGUMBER. No. Oh no: not at all. I had seen them in pictures, and read of them in books, and been greatly moved by them, as I thought. But it was no use: it was not our Lord that redeemed me, but a young woman whom I saw actually burned to death. It was dreadful: oh, most dreadful. But it saved me. I have been a different man ever since, though a little astray in my wits sometimes.

CAUCHON. Must then a Christ perish in torment in every age to save those that have no imagination?

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