Hitchens gets waterboarded

I can’t decide if Christopher Hitchens’ article in Vanity Fair in which he willingly submits to being waterboarded in order to help him decide if it’s torture or not qualifies him to be considered like one of those spunky courageous first-person journalists of yore like Orwell or if it’s just an audition for Jackass: Celebrity Journalist edition. I’m guessing a little of both, leaning toward the latter. Because while it certainly shows a little more guts than many of his milquetoast bretheren, there are actually a lot of fairly courageous journalists actually covering the war at real, great personal danger. And it’s ultimately sort of a pointless stunt: maybe Hitchens personally wasn’t sure waterboarding was torture, but honestly, I don’t even think the Bush administration lawyers really believe deep in their hearts that it isn’t.

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  1. Even the Attorney General thinks waterboarding is torture.

    Also, I’d like to call for a moratorium on the term “humane torture.” Call it “non-lethal” or “non life-threatening” if you must. I’ll even play devil’s advocate and say that, under extreme circumstances, torture MIGHT be a necessary and expedient technique – but describing torture as “humane” is a failure to understand the very definition of the word. Of course, I shouldn’t be surprised considering that this term comes from the same administration that came up with the nonsensical term “compassionate conservative”, a term that probably did more damage than good to the Repulican’s own self-image.

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