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Snag

All the more impressive it would be had not Mr. Hitchens used his talents to further this war and to attack those who opposed it. He has a gift with words and a pinched and blackened soul.

robin andrea

It is quite a moving piece of writing, but it does not absolve Mr. Hitchens of his complicity.

Jennifer

I second what Snag said.

almostinfamous

what snag said, but in long form

if you havent been keeping up, what with your allergies and real life and what not... here's the deal:

part 1

part 2

finis

blue girl

Thanks for the first link, aif. I probably missed it cuz I was sick. Boo-hoo, whimper, aaaaaaa-chooo! Bless me.

But, I have read the last three links you dropped in above.

Love his writing.

Not everyone who comes to blue girl reads what we blog addicts all read. I actually posted it so hopefully my BFF and other friends will see it and read it, if they haven't already. And I hope they read Perrin's links too.

I've been thinking about that article since I read it Fri night.

Any thing I could write here could not explain what I've been thinking and I'm actually not done thinking about it yet. Probably won't ever be.

Michael Bains

Let's just hope that Hitchens isn't either.

Larry Jones

One wishes that all the pompous, self-satisfied, war-mongering old coots of the world would get poked in the eye by something like this. Of course, that's not going to happen. Unless all of us anti-war cowards sign up for the Army and leave notes under our beds to be read at our funerals, naming names and pointing fingers.

It's beyond sad that Mark Daily got killed. But he was supposed to be "smart," and yet he joined up and went over there to do some killing of his own, in a conflict started by corporate interests and their nincompoop stooge in the White House, not for any noble cause, but for their own aggrandizement. Call me crazy, but I don't think that's smart. Hitchens may be a jerk, but it was Mark Daily who signed up.

That picture of him smiling and posing with his family in front of an American flag and party balloons, carrying a machine gun, makes me weep for us all. Between the Daily's and the Hitchens', will we ever see the end of The Good Fight?

blue girl

Thanks, Larry Jones, for writing what I couldn't yet put into words since I read the article.

RE this: But he was supposed to be "smart," and yet he joined up

I liked this part of Dennis' post:

One can excuse, indeed mourn, an idealistic 23-year-old who believed that the "United States was a force for good in the world, and that it had a duty to the freedom of others," even though this romantic mindset got him killed in the service of geopolitical and corporate piracy. The young are routinely lied to by the old when the cannons begin firing. But there's no excuse for the nearly 60-year-old Christopher Hitchens, who shamelessly lied to the likes of Mark Daily

Why did Hitchens "lie?" For the power and glory to eventually be found out? I know he's an egomaniac, but I cannot get over that he didn't realize that this sort of thing always turns out to be a mess. And it's always been obvious, at least to me, that you cannot fight other peoples' battles for them.

Again from Dennis, Hitchen's wrote:

"As one who used to advocate strongly for the liberation of Iraq (perhaps more strongly than I knew [!!]), I have grown coarsened and sickened by the degeneration of the struggle: by the sordid news of corruption and brutality (Mark Daily told his father how dismayed he was by the failure of leadership at Abu Ghraib) and by the paltry politicians in Washington and Baghdad who squabble for precedence while lifeblood is spent and spilled by young people whose boots they are not fit to clean. It upsets and angers me more than I can safely say . . ."

This is where he is totally fooling himself. Or he's out and out lying. Or he's crazy. He advocated more strongly than he knew? Give me a break. He knew just what he was doing. And he completely ignored that others are always incompetent or out and out indifferent, lazy, etc., with less than pure and patriotic motivations. He ignored the mess that was -- again to me -- so obviously in the making. The minute "it didn't matter" that the looting was occuring (so early on!) or that we went to war with the army we had not the army we wished we had, it should've been crystal clear.

billy pilgrim

Second what Snag and MB said.

But I find Hitchens hand-wringing elicits little sympathy from me. My problem, I know. He's an excellent writer, and as a wordsmith is terrific to read; however, his loss of contol and humanity after 9/11 was abhorrent to watch.

Now that he surveys the predictable results, he is having regrets? Too effing bad, so effing sad (I mean for Hitch, of course; my heart goes out to the family).

Maybe Hitch will do an about face on his Glorious War; but it's too late for so many thousands of people, and he will have to learn to live with his culpability in the issue.

blue girl

Maybe Hitch will do an about face on his Glorious War; but it's too late for so many thousands of people, and he will have to learn to live with his culpability in the issue.

Of course, I don't know Christopher Hitchens personally. But, last month's Vanity Fair had a huge article about him getting a make-over at one of the poshest, most expensive spas in the country. And this month's issue has this story.

Call me cynical, but it seems to be a game to him.

Hopefully, he found out about Mark Daily after he had his spinach tarragon herb lemon facial. After getting his photo taken smoking in the shower. After doing yoga on the beach with the pretty blonde instructor...

Dan Leo

Thanks so much, Blue, for linking to all four of Dennis Perrin's pieces. After reading your post and Hitchens's article earlier in the day I just didn't know what to say, at least in a public place, and so I said nothing. But Dennis and you and your commenters have now pretty much said it for me.

almostinfamous

mark daily's passing may be sad, but spare a thought for the million iraqis that have died because of the occupation. how many more of those poor people have to die before hitchens writes a 2,000 word entry describing his complicity in advocating a criminal war and then express his desire to quit spreading his contaminated wordplay into public view?

in short: F#@$ hitchens and his pony.

blue girl

Yep, aif, I know. You'll get no argument here.

Skimmer

Hats off to BG and all the commenteers. I agree with all of you.

But how do we put words into actions? The war goes on. Young people die. Democrats are not doing anything. And most of the Republicans have no soul.

We blog, we comment, we just watch this train wreck of a country continue off the cliff.

almostinfamous

We blog, we comment, we just watch this train wreck of a country continue off the cliff.

when the engine has been commandeered by a madman, and the engine room is filled with like minded(mindless?) people, you just hope that the automatic brakes on the train are strong enough.

Johnny Pez

you just hope that the automatic brakes on the train are strong enough.

What worries me is the thought that this train has no brakes. If that's true, then we're all going over the edge, no matter who the engineer is.

Almost Canadian

"you just hope that the automatic brakes on the train are strong enough."

Just as strong as Halliburton can make them.

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