Well, as a journalist and satirist, after the Charlie Hebdo attack, I get it now. I want those murderers waterboarded for MONTHS before they're slowly, slowly bled to death. Military people have been dying by the thousands at the hands of these cunts. When the enemy kills people of your own profession—those of your "bande," as even Liberation had the nerve to put it yesterday—they have given up the right to those rights we hold to be self-evident. Is this a slippery slope? NO. It is a deterrent to those who would destroy the entire hill. The terrorists don't mind death; they think they're going to heaven, and not only is killing us increasing their chances, it's speeding their reward. But torture? Hours and hours of horrible, soul-destroying torture? Even if they THINK that's what they want, let their last hours be filled with the realization of what assholes, what bad people, and what merely human people they are. Let them spend hours and hours begging their imaginary prophet to save them from the consequences of their own actions. Now that ten of my own have been killed, I wish the authorities would say "Fuck French law; these animals don't deserve it."
Wish I knew who drew this so I could credit them... the unprecedented circulation of images of the Prophet is a wonderful irony, but now we're all shitting all over each other's intellectual property in the feeding frenzy.
Because why should we extend those hard-fought Enlightenment liberties to those who want to destroy them? To those who would erase them from the earth in the name of their own extended ego, the privilege they reserve to be insulted and seek revenge in place of the prophet, their inhuman self-esteem and self-importance. They must be reminded before they die that they are nothing but humans, humans who seek to destroy other humans in the name of a Platonic hallucination—fuck you, Plato; you who have given philosophical credence to all of these fantasies—and must no longer be treated with kid gloves.
Unfortunately, judges are not journalists, nor are prison guards; there will be no revenge torture allowed, and good grief, the French penal system might even let these subhumans walk free in 20 years or so. But I apologize to all the military personnel I know: Maybe this makes me a bad person, but I'm sorry for complaining about Guantanamo Bay. Those assholes do not deserve the protection of our laws. Human rights are a fragile thing in history, and those who would destroy them entirely forfeit them personally. I know I must sound like a hypocrite to anyone who is neither military/police nor a satirist, but believe me, unless YOU'RE very skilled in keeping up doublethink in order to be a nice bien-pensant, when they come for your brothers, you'll be reaching for the thumbscrews.
NOTE: (Jan. 16) After a week of calming down somewhat, it occurs to me that I could probably never actually put screws on anybody's thumbs. Well, except for that one ex, for a while. But I DO better understand now why stuff like Guantanamo Bay happens, and won't be quite so quick to judge in the future as I was before my semblables were targeted. Not that I'm as important or famous as those guys, blah blah blah disclaimer.