I’m Still on the Line About Waterboarding.

by Little Miss Attila on April 20, 2009

I wish I had Hitchens’ dough/contacts, so I could check it out for myself.

It might be truly horrible; I happen to have particularly sensitive nasal membranes, as years of forced swimming lessons in chlorinated pools taught me. (One must remember that I’m clumsier than most, and it takes me more practice than the general population to learn physical skills that don’t rely on above-average eyesight, such as shooting.)

Smitty says the debate is over. It may be, from a policy point of view, but I still think any aggressive questioning technique is going to keep people awake at night—because they used it, or because they didn’t.

I remain skeptical that waterboarding is torture, because Hitchens asked them to do it to him one more time, and that is a rare thing when one is being tortured.

Smitty claims that, “captured by the terrorists, waterboarding is the least of your worries. Particularly any woman.” Presumably he’s alluding to rape, but men can also be raped. And the most physically painful thing about rape requires deep penetration, in order to affect the uterus and the ovaries—which is, of course, terribly painful. But the reason it’s painful is that they have therein found the female equivalent of testes.

Now, I’m no anatomy expert, but IIRC men’s testes are accessible right from the get-go.

I’m not being cute, here: I think women have a higher pain threshold than men. I think we have to. And a vagina is simply not like a penis: there aren’t a lot of nerves beyond the first inch. One has to, um, move up a bit to find concentrations of nerve endings. Or go for the nipples, which can be just as sensitive on men as on women.

I suspect that many of the more effective torture techniques can be performed on either sex, to equivalent effect.

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smitty1e April 20, 2009 at 3:56 pm

I have a response linking you scheduled for 1724 your time.

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