Wednesday, July 09, 2008
  Duh, it's torture
Christopher Hitchens, an outspoken supporter of the Iraq war and the administration's "interrogation techniques" in Guantanamo, has changed his mind. After having subjected himself to waterboarding, he's decided it is torture after all.

Mr. Hitchens took up the challenge posed by some of his readers that if he really thought waterboarding wasn't so bad, he should go through it himself. Apparently, Mr. Hitchens was confident he would be able to withstand it. He wasn't. Not only did he "last less than ten seconds," but he is suffering from ongoing effects -- bad dreams and panic attacks whenever he feels breathless -- that are reminiscent of post-traumatic stress syndrome. This is despite the fact that he was told precisely what would happen during the procedure and was given codes words and physical signals to shout and make when he'd had enough.

How much worse would it be for men who had no idea what was coming, who had no escape route?

One can't help but wonder if a movie diet filled with super human heroes who take abuse as though it were nothing -- James Bond stoically withstanding Korean torture, Jason Bourne (hmmm note the coinciding initials!) running and fighting after being subjected to beatings that would leave most of us brain damaged -- hasn't convinced the american public that we are invincible, or at least that humans can take far more than we really can.

Anyway, thank god one person has woken up, though, apparently with devastating results. Let's hope his "epiphany" will wake some others up too.

to read the full account : http://www.cbc.ca/arts/media/story/2008/07/08/waterboarding-hitchens.html
 

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I'm a stay-at-home mom/freelance writer/author. While I make a living at journalism and op-ed, my first love is fiction, particularly science fiction. I also write poetry, mostly of a religious bent.


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SuperMom Saves the World
By Melanie Lynne Houser. The sequel to Confessions of Supermom. I've just started reading it, but before the end of the first page I was laughing out loud. A fun, fast-paced, light read that is perfect for the plane or that lazy day on the beach.

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Causes Worth Supporting

This is just a short list -- a few of my favorites.

English Language Islamic Fiction. We need more of it. Lots more.
Pay a Teacher's Salary in Afghanistan. The Hunger site actually has a lot of worthwhile programs. You can find them all here .
Muslims for Progressive Values. My organization. We can always use donations, of time or money!
Human Rights Campaign for the glbt community
National Religious Campaign Against Torture
The ACLU I'm a card carrying member. Hope you'll become one too.
MoveOn.org. The organization that has done the most, as far as I can tell, to pull the countries progressive side together.
Network of Spiritual Progressives. Working to reclaim religion and morality for the religious left.

Blogs Worth Reading

Wanda Campbell also known as Nochipa A very gifted poet and a gentle, compassionate soul. Nochipa and I are on the same page on sooooo many things
Writeous Sister Aminah Hernandez, she's got some excellent latino pieces and always has good writing info on her blog.
Sister Scorpion aka Leila Montour - Leila is a fount of energy, quirky humor, and bad attitude. She's also a talented poet.
Muhajabah Very interesting commentary here. I don't always agree with her, but her pieces are always thought-provoking.
Georgie Dowdell Georgie is a great writer and a good friend.
Louise Marley Another great writer. I think Louise is one of the best sf writers exploring faith themes.
Ink in My Coffee Devon Ellington (who has numerous aliases) who is also the editor of Circadian Poems. A truly inspiring woman with a seemingly endless supply of energy.
Ethnically Incorrect With a name like that, isn't a given I'm going to enjoy this writer?
Freedom from the Mundane Colin Galbraith, another excellent writer, from Scotland.
The Scruffy Dog Review This is a new e-zine with an ecclectic mix of fiction, poetry, and non-fic, some really enjoyable pieces here.
Ramblings of a Suburban Soccer Mom Lara, another gentle soul, very thoughtful.
Circadian Poems A journal of poetry, new stuff up all the time.
Ye Olde Inkwell Michelle writes romance and is one of my writing buddies.
Muhammad Michael Knight The original punk Muslim writer. Like him or love him, Mike is always coming up with the unexpected.

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