Ever since we began this national conversation on torture and whether we ought to be in the business of it, I have gone NUTS trying to come up with a proper definition. After all, how can I say whether I’m for it or agin’ it if I don’t know what it is? Thanks to Hitchens, I now have a definition I can live with:
Torture is any experience so horrible that no-one would consider trying it out simply for the purpose of writing a Vanity Fair article about what it’s like.
There! I feel better.