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Getting a Laugh Out of Waterboarding

9:19 AM, Apr 21, 2009 • By BRIAN FAUGHNAN
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Jon Stewart must be an incredibly sick individual to work so hard to get laughs out of something he considers to be torture. And his audience too, must be awfully sick to find so much humor in it:

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Stewart's audience seems to think - at some level - that if you can be waterboarded 183 times, it must not be torture; it must therefore be OK to laugh. I wonder if we can expect Stewart to joke about other forms of torture the same way he jokes about waterboarding. After all, the Left tells us that 'torture is torture.' If so, these other torture methods will probably get the same laughs waterboarding does, right?

Stewart may not have intended it this way, but he provides an excellent illustration of just how unserious this entire discussion is - except that is, for the government employees involved in interrogation of prisoners, and the American people whose security depends on the best intelligence possible.