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  • September 26, 2002

    Taking Sides

    I suppose I can just about bear to watch the "inspections" pantomime a second time.

    Christopher Hitchens

  • September 12, 2002

    Appointment in Samarra?

    How would people be discussing the issue of "regime change" in Iraq if the question were not being forced upon them by the Administration?


    Christopher Hitchens

  • August 29, 2002

    Hijackers I Have Known

    I have met three hijackers in my life, and I hope I do not sound crabby and disillusioned if I add that the standard of hijacking is not what it used to be.

    Christopher Hitchens

  • August 1, 2002

    Macbeth in Mesopotamia

    Concerning the impending or perhaps imminent intervention in Iraq, we now inhabit a peculiar limbo, where the military options are known while the political and moral options are not.

    Christopher Hitchens

  • July 3, 2002

    Tinkering With the Death Machine

    The essential case for the abolition of capital punishment has long been complete, whether it is argued as an overdue penal reform, as a shield against the arbitrary and the irreparable or as part of the case against "big government."

    Christopher Hitchens

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  • June 20, 2002

    A Second Gilded Age

    Would it be too early to sense a sudden, uncovenanted shift against the corporate ethic, if ethic is the word? I can barely turn the page of a newspaper or magazine without striking across either some damaging admission, or at least some damage-control statement, from the boardroom classes.

    Christopher Hitchens

  • June 6, 2002

    Oslo or Helsinki?

    The pervasive assumption among nearly all of Oslo's proponents was that the undemocratic nature of Yasser Arafat's regime, far from being an obstacle to peace, was actually a strategic asset.

    Christopher Hitchens

  • May 23, 2002

    Knowledge (and Power)

    For Senator Clinton to flourish a copy of the New York Post--the paper that has called her pretty much everything from Satanic to Sapphist--merely because it had the pungent headline "Bush Knew" is not yet her height of opportunism. (The height so far was reached last fall, when she said she could understand the rage and hatred behind the attacks on the World Trade Center because, after all, she had been attacked herself in her time.) But the failure of her husband's regime to take Al Qaeda seriously is the clue to the same failure on the part of the Bush gang.

    Christopher Hitchens

  • May 9, 2002

    The Real David Brock

    When incurable liberals like Todd Gitlin and Eric Alterman begin using the name Whittaker Chambers as a term of approbation, we are entitled to say that there has been what the Germans call a Tendenzwende, or shift in the zeitgeist. The odd thing is that they have both chosen to compare Chambers's Witness, a serious and dramatic memoir by any standards, to a flimsy and self-worshiping book titled Blinded by the Right, by David Brock.

    Christopher Hitchens

  • April 25, 2002

    Single Standards

    Nothing is more to be despised, in a time of crisis, than the affectation of "evenhandedness." But there are two very nasty delusions and euphemisms gaining ground at present. The first of these is that suicide bombing is a response to despair, and the second is that Sharon's policy is a riposte to suicide bombing.


    Christopher Hitchens