Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christopher Hitchens' Finest Hour

"The Purest Neocon," as The American Conservative's Tom Piatak called him six years ago, is dead, and now "this lover of Trotsky and hater of God, this despiser of religion and tradition and devotee of 'permanent revolution,'" finds himself the subject of hagiographies even by Catholics, with Vox Nova's Kelly J Wilson hailing him — A Hero Dead.

If there was a moment in which Hitch displayed, in his paleocon theist brother Peter's words, "courage which overcomes real fear, while actually experiencing it," it was three years ago, when, despite his sinister support of George Bush's crusade against Iraq, he "submitt[ed] to a brutal waterboarding session in an effort to understand the human cost of America’s use of harsh tactics at Guantánamo and elsewhere," concluding that "if waterboarding does not constitute torture, then there is no such thing as torture" — Believe Me, It’s Torture.

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Blogger The Sanity Inspector said...

It could be said of Hitchens what he (IINM) once said of George Orwell: He was the socialists' favorite conservative, and the conservatives' favorite socialist. He did not admire H. L. Mencken, but he would surely have agreed with this quip of his: " "Say what you will about me when I am gone, but don't forget to add, in common justice, that I was never converted to anything."

December 22, 2011 at 8:49 PM  

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