he will be known for his intellectual honesty and for fighting the good fight, he isn't blindly worshipped like Christians do with their OT God, even his most ardent admirers realize his flaws
for instance and along with his questionable political positions, his life-style isn't exemplary and it's partially responsible for his early demise (along with genetic predisposition since his father died from the same cancer)
I don't see the problem with the first two quotes, it's consistent with what he's admonished all his life,
consistent with a position of supporting a war that ended up killing thousands of innocent people for the price of oil, yes.
i don't care what his health lifestyle was like. i can admire the most drunken old man if he has the right ideas which are consistent with his behaviour. that's his path. then again, hitch's ideas were totally wacky and only serve to show his revengeful and provincial spirit. he was a polemist, no doubt about it, but so are many clowns here on MTF.
However, my main beef with the likes of hitch supporters is that they're like 'sure, he kind of fucked up when he supported bush but the rest of his work is great so no biggie'. to me, the iraq war was/is a huge thing that should be taken into a big account when it comes to evaluate this guy's work.
then again it isn't just that. his idiotic position on religion and his massive discourse against even more pathetic far right evangelist clowns and hardline sharia muslims only served to show how deeply hateful he was and how his intolerance got confused with a far critical sense unfettered by the need to be 'politically correct'. to all his fans out there, let me say one thing: it's not hard to look cool and intelligent when you're always confronting even bigger clowns than you.
i must say however that i was surprised to know that you like hitch so much, habibko. it does strike as surprising indeed that a man who grew up surrounded by Muslims now holds so much admiration towards a man that clearly despised Islam to the point of expressing his exhilaration at the thought of muslims dying while holding their Holy Book.
and all of what he said on Falwell was spot on, not from the political correctness and emotional but-he-just-died angle, but who cares, fuck political correctness and undue respect, that's what Hitch was all about and what made him so great
wishing hell upon a person isn't just an expression of unpolitical correctness that many seem to praise as if it was a good thing that defies the establishment these days, it's also an expression of hate and revenge that no man worthy of massive admiration should entail, imo.
then again, that's his legacy and i only highlited it as a sign to his admirers that his position on death is no impediment to wish the worst wishes upon the deceased one, much less when it comes to attack their ideas -as i do.