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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

You can't take the Trot out of the boy

Sometimes, even at his best, Christopher Hitchens still sounds like he's up at 3 a.m., tossing off something for The Sparticist Tendency instead of finishing his homework.

Sometimes I don't even mind:

One of the editors of this magazine asked me if I would also say something about my personal evolution. I took him to mean: How do you like your new right-wing friends? In the space I have, I can only return the question. I prefer them to Pat Buchanan and Vladimir Putin and the cretinized British Conservative Party, or to the degraded, mendacious populism of Michael Moore, who compares the psychopathic murderers of Iraqis to the Minutemen. I am glad to have seen the day when a British Tory leader is repudiated by the White House. An irony of history, in the positive sense, is when Republicans are willing to risk a dangerous confrontation with an untenable and indefensible status quo. I am proud of what little I have done to forward this revolutionary cause. In Kabul recently, I interviewed Dr. Masuda Jalal, a brave Afghan physician who was now able to run for the presidency. I asked her about her support for the intervention in Iraq. "For us," she said, "the battle against terrorism and against dictatorship are the same thing." I dare you to snicker at simple-mindedness like that.

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What a piece of work was Duranty: star reporter for the New York Times, denizen of the perverted fleshpots of Paris, close friend of Aleister Crowley (search), Stalin's apologist, awarded Pulitzer Prize. His contemporary as a reporter was Gareth Jones, Hero of the Ukraine.

http://www.akemondo.com/duranty/index1.html

Posted by: gg | 2004-10-27 6:53:54 AM



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