Hitchens interview in Frontpage Mag!
Titled Love, Poverty and War, as is his new collection of essays, and he explains,
. It is, though, in its third section, directly concerned with the latest and bitterest war, namely the fight against jihadist nihilism, and it does contain my reports from Iraq and Afghanistan and some of my domestic battles with those who don’t believe there is, or ought to be, a war in the first place.
Visitors to this blog know that I love Hitchens (I even kept my Vanity Fair subscription going — long after VF had wilted into a propagandistic mess with celebrity photos — because of Hitchens and Dominic Dunne.) The interview doesn’t disappoint: Hitchens speaks on the Left,
Reflecting on where the rot set it, I have come to the temporary conclusion that much of the “Left” was forced by events to adopt a status-quo position. Thus, it neither really opposed nor welcomed (with some exceptions in both cases) the historic anti-Communist revolution of 1989. It sat on its hands during the Balkan conflict. It could find no voice in which to discuss the urgent challenge of holy war. When it came to Iraq, you could even hear leftists saying that an intervention might “destabilize” the region: a suggestive choice of term from supposed radicals, suddenly sounding like Kissinger Associates.
. . . But the Left is really doomed if all it wants is a quiet life.
He also talks about the Clintons, Mother Theresa, Michael Moore, religion, literature, and Noam Chomski.
On the subject of Chomski, Oliver Kamm considers a case for the defense.
Two great reads.