Keep The Reason wrote:I didn't agree with everything he wrote (esp the Iraq war)
StillSearching wrote:Keep The Reason wrote:I didn't agree with everything he wrote (esp the Iraq war)
Obviously, I don't agree with all of his views either, but I can't help but admire the man's gargantuan intellect and masterful command of language. I'm not familiar with his comments on the war. Do you mind telling me what they were and why you disagree with them?
It is perfectly true that most Americans were somewhat indifferent to the outside world as it was before September 11, and also highly ignorant of it—a point on which the self-blaming faction insists. While attention was elsewhere, a deadly and irreconcilable enemy was laying plans and training recruits. This enemy—unless we are to flatter him by crediting his own propaganda—cares no more for the wretched of the West Bank than did Saddam Hussein when he announced that the road to Palestine and Jerusalem led through Kuwait and Kurdistan. But a lethal and remorseless foe is a troubling thing in more than one way. Not only may he wish you harm; he may force you to think and to act. And these responsibilities—because thinking and acting are responsibilities—may be disconcerting.
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bebop88 wrote:As a side note-- I have been surprised by how many negative comments towards Hitchens' death, I have read on blogs, yahoo comments and Facebook. The main theme being that these individuals are sure without a doubt that Hitchens is in hell right now. I find it funny considering how many of my theist friends argue that hell is not a focal part of Christianity and its influence on people.
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