Stupid Is As Hitchens Does

Phillip Carter
Copyright 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008; 8:41 PM

Columnist Christopher Hitchens decided to try out for a Darwin Award (or whatever the equivalent honor is when you survive an incredibly dumb act) by recruiting a team of special operations troops to waterboard him. He then wrote an article about what it felt like for Vanity Fair. Hitch's verdict? "If waterboarding does not constitute torture, then there is no such thing as torture."Honestly, I thought we learned in grade school to be a little smarter than this -- that it wasn't necessary to stick a metal fork in the electrical socket to know there was electricity there. Unfortunately, for some people personal experience trumps all other forms of learning, and they must learn at the school of hard knocks. Or, in this case, the school of hard torture.What next? Will we wake up to read this headline in Vanity Fair?Hitchens Loses Legs to Munition in Southern Iraq Author was trying to understand arguments against cluster-bomb treatyKids, don't try this at home. And if you're looking for serious discourse on this issue, I recommend you read Mark Danner, Scott Horton, Jane Mayer, or Malcolm Nance (who Hitchens quotes in his article). These are people with the common sense to know better.

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