Rumors have been flying about Hitchens’s mugging in Lebanon. Now Ace tells What Happened With Hitchens
First of all, there weren’t ten goons, but around six.
Second, the goon squad, and not just the look-out man, did in fact get to Hitchens. They knocked him down to the ground, kicked him while he was down, and stamped on his writing hand (which I’d known). I had thought they escaped the gang, but they didn’t, not quite; they got roughed up by them before a cabbie got them away.
Here’s what I know word-of-mouth about the Syrian Nazis: They’re actual Nazis, first of all, having taken inspiration from Hitler and sporting a modified swastika on their posters and flags. They’re a small party, I’m told. They had been banned years ago but are back, but not in force. There are about 300 of them (again, this is what I am told) and are more of a street-gang of bullyboys than an actual party. However, they have the backing of Syria, and they do, when called upon, murder people.
This was no “brawl”, this was an assault.
Lawrence Osborne has more at Forbes.