Monday, June 11, 2007


According to Christopher Hitchens, what in the world today "stinks -- indeed it reeks -- of whatever horrible, buried, vicarious impulse underlies kiddie porn and child abuse"?

(a) The ongoing slaughter and displacement of Iraqi civilians.
(b) The bureaucratic hurdles faced by U.S. troops seeking to have their war injuries properly classified as disabilities.
(c) The inability of tens of millions of Americans to obtain health insurance.
(d) The ongoing indifference to the displaced victims of Katrina.
(e) The legal and publicity woes of Paris Hilton.

If you guessed (e), you're correct.

Apparently, to Hitchens, raping a child in front of a camera and selling the images is more or less morally equivalent to making a Paris Hilton joke.

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