Contrast this contemptuous performance with [Christopher Hitchens's] enduring sympathies for his long-admired (but now ex-) friend Noam Chomsky, a man who spent the cold war years denying the Cambodian holocaust, promoting a denier of the Jewish Holocaust, and comparing America — unfavorably — to the Third Reich.
Loyalty to bad commitments leads to moral incoherence, which also manifests itself in Christopher [Hitchen's] choices of friends and enemies. The epic struggle against totalitarianism for much of the 20th Century was America’s cold war against the Soviet empire. But during the last decades of this cold war, Christopher’s platform was the Nation magazine – America’s leading journal [...]
While Obama made false parallels between Jews and Arabs as contributors to the intractability of the Middle East conflict and rewrote some history [in his June 4th speech to the Muslim world], he also said in no uncertain terms that it was Palestinians who had to renounce violence (and here he drew no parallels and [...]
A truly saddening state of affairs exists in Arlington, Massachusetts. Students at the local high school have not said the Pledge of Allegiance in decades. No American flag hangs in any classroom. Some school administrators have suggested that this is to avoid religious controversy over the unmentionable G-word contained within the Pledge. No one, of [...]
The following is taken from the new memoir by Christopher Hitchens entitled “Hitch-22.” Mr. Horowitz suggested the quote to give inspiration to our readers on this 4th of July.
Even if not without convolutions and contradictions, it became evident that the only historical revolution with any verve left in it, or any example to offer to [...]
Among my new comrades-in-arms, many began with second thoughts, having started out as Sixties radicals like myself. Indeed, in the last few years, the nation as a whole has begun to draw back from the radical decade and its destructive agendas. What I had learned, one way or another in the course of my journey, [...]
As an agnostic, I have no idea if the universe began with a bang or has existed forever, or is the work of a Creator. But regarding what I do know, I am convinced that the biblical chapter called “Genesis” conveys a central truth about human fate.
The First Parents wanted to be like God and [...]
For all his wealth, [George] Soros’s greatest influence comes not from spending his own money, but by inducing other people to spend theirs. This is most obvious in his approach to the financial markets. Soros’s reputation as a financial prognosticator is such that legions of investors hang on his word, and buy or sell at [...]
In the political landscape, seismic shifts first occur below the surface. Only after accumulating a critical social mass do they become visible. Until then, one can track their movement in the growing incoherence of the political language, and in the terms we use to describe our political choices, like “liberal” and “conservative.”
But, as even the [...]
As my own death approaches, I weigh the life I have lived against what it might have been. I ask myself: Could I have been wiser, could I have done more? When I look at my life this way from the end, I can take satisfaction that I mostly gave it my all and did [...]