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Anonymous asked: I'm not a religious person myself, but why are you so fond of chris hitchens - does the fact that he supported any number of destructive murderous wars not bother you at all?
*Christopher Hitchens, no circumcision of his name, he promised his mother.
I am probably one of the biggest fans of Christopher Hitchens, that is why I am all too familiar with the criticisms he received for some of his views. To say he supported “any number of destructive murderous wars” though is completely and entirely incorrect. The only war that Hitchens really supported that he received criticism for was the Iraq invasion of 2003. He was certainly no war monger.
Christopher’s heart was in the right place, unlike the Bush administration. He looked to Iraq for a better future that involved the removal of Saddam and the freedom of the Kurds. He had dreams of a prosperous democratic future for the Iraqi people that had been abused and subjugated to a tyrant for years. Generally I believe that is an idea that most people would be able to get behind but the way it was approached and people’s general detesting of the Bush administration blinded them to the benevolent goal that underlined much of the whole endeavor.
Christopher acknowledged that there was a great cost in life and money but he did not admit that he was wrong because he felt the goal of a free Iraq was so important. He stated he could not give any support to a policy that allowed Saddam to continue doing what he was doing, so to that extent he was not apologetic and I really can not consider him wrong in that. Personally I do not always throw 100% support behind all the views that Christopher had but I can at least understand and appreciate the view points he put forward. He was certainly an intelligent man and his views were well thought out, despite whatever mud people would like to sling at his name he was absolutely a humanitarian who envision a better world for everyone.