[lbo-talk] My Letter To CH

Carl G. Estabrook galliher at illinois.edu
Sat Dec 17 09:20:34 PST 2011

"There’s one other aspect to the adulation of Hitchens that’s quite revealing. There seems to be this sense that his excellent facility with prose excuses his sins. Part of that is the by-product of America’s refusal to come to terms with just how heinous and destructive was the attack on Iraq. That act of aggression is still viewed as a mere run-of-the-mill 'mistake' — hey, we all make them, so we shouldn’t hold it against Hitch – rather than what it is: the generation’s worst political crime, one for which he remained fully unrepentant and even proud. But what these paeans to Hitchens reflect even more so is the warped values of our political and media culture: once someone is sufficiently embedded within that circle, they are intrinsically worthy of admiration and respect, no matter what it is that they actually do..."

From <http://www.salon.com/2011/12/17/christohper_hitchens_and_the_protocol_for_public_figure_deaths/singleton/

> - the whole thing's worth reading, as is Alex Cockburn's "Farewell to C.H." in CounterPunch. --CGE

On Dec 17, 2011, at 9:34 AM, Doug Henwood wrote:

> On Dec 17, 2011, at 10:02 AM, shag carpet bomb wrote:
>> I wondered. My bad for assuming the person who was a friend and needs
>> to mourn was you. I guess the only person is Doug? Beats me, I don't
>> read everyone on the list.
> I don't need to mourn. I am annoyed by people who cheered his death,
> of which I've seen several instances. I also don't like that people
> find nothing sad or tragic about what happened to him in the last 10
> years of his life. But people can be as rude as they like. It's a
> free country, ha ha.
> Doug
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