Talk:Christopher Hitchens

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Relocating material from the article page (comments indented)--Bob Burton 16:19, 19 Mar 2006 (EST)

"As Hitchens told Johann Hari in the same interview where he said 'I don’t regret anything,' he admires Paul Wolfowitz, whom he described as a 'real bleeding heart.' According to Hari, Hitchens sees neoconservatism as a 'distinctively new strain of thought, preached by ex-leftists, who believed in using US power to spread democracy.' Hari also wrote that Hitchens believes that if neoconservatism 'can become dominant within the Republican Party, it can turn US power into a revolutionary force.'" --Tom Piatak, "The Purest Neocon," The American Conservative, October 10, 2005.

Better to go back to Hari's original article to check for context and exact quotes than rely on a secondary source esp ACU.

Turn around, and new friends

Although Hitchens co-edited a book with Edward Said ("'Blaming the Victim': Spurious Scholarship and the Palestinian Question," 1988), he now is on tour in the U.S., with his main message is blaming the victims. See:

Chicago Friends of Israel Presents:
Appeasement or Peace in Our Time?
Evaluating Gaza Disengagement"
Christopher Hitchens, Columnist for
Hillel Halkin, Columnist for The Jerusalem Post

Wednesday, March 1, 2006, 7:00 pm
University of Chicago
Social Sciences 122
Sponsored in part by SGFC, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, JCRC, and Newberger Hillel.
"Hitchens, Halkin debate Gaza pullout in packed room"
Citing the promo for the event doesn't necessarily mean that Hitchens was arguing in support of the title. For all we know he was arguing for the contrary position. To cite this event as evidence that Hitchens was 'blaming the victims' would require some referencing of what Hitchens actually said.--Bob Burton 16:19, 19 Mar 2006 (EST)


the event above is avaialbe on the hillel=chicago website -- where it was taken from. odd that an event were hitchens gives a talk is not fit for yours silly website. this is the event listing that i received -- do you want further confirmation for it?

no - it is not that I dispute that the event was organised and that was the title of it. Hitchens is well known for being 'contrarian. The previous posting assumed that Hitchens was speaking in support of the title. So what I'm asking for is evidence that Hitchens was arguing in support of the topic title. Without some evidence to support that assumption it doesn't belong on the article page. See our policy on referencing. --Bob Burton 05:05, 20 Mar 2006 (EST)

Edit Notes

The original was "he renounced his former leftist views and departed from The Nation, and insulted his fellow columnists". I have deleted the "and insulted his fellow columnists" - it is not clear what this is referring to as it is unreferenced. --Bob Burton 22:08, 8 August 2007 (EDT)