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The Sledgehammer Argument of General Massu

ISSUE:  Winter 2008

General Jacques Massu—whose surname is a homophone for massue (“sledgehammer”)—was one of the principals in the Algerian War (1954–1962), around whom the question of the legitimacy of torture raged.

It’s never light-heartedly that we’ve tortured our minds to argue the case for torture.

With body and soul we’ve earned the right to affirm that it would be futile and vain to question everything yet again and to try once more to dangle the puppets of pain against the age-old decors of horror.

That’s not, and never has been, the question.

The question is torture. Why question it yet again?

Torture ought not to be tortured, the question ought not to be questioned.


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