Christopher Hitchens 1949 – 2011

Alex Hern highlights the courage and conviction of Christopher Hitchens who died yesterday

 

Christopher Hitchens has died at the age of 62. He was a man who made his decisions based on what he believed the evidence showed rather than following perceived wisdom or adopting off-the-peg ideologies.

This led to his outspoken support of the Iraq war, but also his equally passionate condemnation of torture, and firm belief that waterboarding falls in that category.

He was so determined in his quest for understanding that he even underwent waterboarding himself in an “effort to understand the human cost of America’s use of harsh tactics at Guantánamo and elsewhere.”

His courage and integrity were a lesson to all journalists, and he will be missed.

See also:

How the 9/11 response changed BritainBen Mitchell, September 11th 2011

Here’s to Reagan: his kind light up our political worldAnthony Painter, July 4th 2011

How Cameron is already undermining his NHS pledgesTrevor Cheeseman, June 7th 2011

George W Bush is wrong – waterboarding only helps our enemiesGeorge Readings, November 10th 2010

Today give platform to climate denierJoss Garman, September 16th 2009

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  9. Anonymous

    ‘…and he will be missed.’

    Include me out!

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  11. Mellie Agon

    “Include me out!” Agreed. Why should I miss someone who supported the murder of hundreds of thousands of people in Iraq?

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  13. Anonymous

    If I’m correct was he not kicked out of labour for his well strong views.

    P

  14. Joe Cottrell-Boyce

    I’m sorry but his support for Iraq had nothing to do with evidence and everything to do with adopting the off-the peg ideologies of Paul Wolfowitz and his neocon chums.

  15. Jake Surrey

    Beyond the quips: Christopher Hitchens was a journalist of integrity and courage http://t.co/rwsMTtpM

  16. George Readings

    Beyond the quips: Christopher Hitchens was a journalist of integrity and courage http://t.co/rwsMTtpM

  17. Alex Hern

    @RoryMacKinnon I win in Turd Deployment: "[Christopher Hitchens] will be missed." http://t.co/JJqkbavg

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