Christopher Hitchens is dying. Big fuckin’ whoop!


I guess, given this news

Hitchens spoke in very stark terms about his mortality.

“I’m a realist, I’m objective,” he said. “It’s not a good cancer to get. The statistics are very depressing. Mine isn’t just in my esophagus, either. It’s gone to my lymph nodes. I would be a very lucky person to live another five years.”

Goldberg and Hitchens then welcomed Hitchens’ “dearest friend,” author Martin Amis, as the conversation turned toward religion.

Hitchens, an outspoken atheist, said he will never become religious despite his looming mortality. If any such conversion is ever attributed to him, he said, it would be either a lie propagated by the religious community or an effect of the cancer and treatment that made him no longer himself.

“The entity making such a remark might be a raving, terrified person whose cancer has spread to the brain. I can’t guarantee that such an entity wouldn’t make such a ridiculous remark, but no one recognizable as myself would ever make such a remark,” he said.

…I should regret having written this a few days ago, but I don’t.

The awful fact is that Hitchens’s brain is already disintegrating; his own writings betray the fact. And it’s been doing so for years. He moved from left to right over time; that’s a sure sign of degeneration unto itself. But the manifestation of that cancerous phenomenon was particularly grotesque in him. When he devoted so much energy in the latter 1990s to excoriating Bill Clinton on moralistic terms for his affair with Monica Lewinsky, and aided the far right from the so-called left, I quickly came to despise him for what he’d done. Hitchens was not the only one who set back progress immeasurably during the Clinton era, but he was a so-called respected voice. I don’t know why he wasn’t blackballed on the spot by the so-called liberal media, unless they were not really liberal after all. (BINGO!)

And I couldn’t believe anyone could consider him anything less than fascist when he supported Dubya’s wars. Most hilarious was his insistence that they were “secularist”. No, they were capitalist, with a hefty dose of religious fundamentalism thrown in. If Hitch were really serious about secularism, he’d have decried them. Instead, he chose to studiously ignore Dubya’s very pointed use of the word “crusade”–a specifically religious term–in his war against Islam. I guess some religious conservatisms are more kosher than others, if you are a brown-nosing irrationalist like Hitch.

Drunken rampages like this one don’t help him, either. Nor do drunken brawls like this one. They just make him look like a fucking palooka with piss-poor judgment.

And really, it doesn’t matter if he believes in God or not; karma hits you no matter what you believe, and karma is getting back at him now. You don’t need to be religious to feel remorse at life’s end for what you did wrong; you just need to be halfway human.

If Hitch cares to reflect further on the subject of mortality (and that of morality), I offer him the words of Rudyard Kipling to ponder:

I could not dig, I dared not rob,

And so I lied to please the mob.

Now all my lies are proved untrue,

And I must face the men I slew.

What tale will serve me here among

Mine angry and defrauded young?

–“A Dead Statesman”, 1924

That’s what karma looks like, people.

Hitch lied to please the mob when it howled for Bill Clinton’s blood, and for that of the innocent people of Iraq. He has never expressed an instant’s regret for that lethal, life-destroying foolishness. In his own mind, he was justified in doing so. Even now, as his life comes to a close, he’s not making amends for his lies, he’s making bids to aggrandize himself even further. He is a sociopath.

And the only thing that saddens me about his passing is that it took so damn long. He wore out his welcome on this planet when he joined a band of amoral thugs in taking down a merely mortal man on the grounds of so-called morality. He should not have lived to fart out the bullshit he did about Dubya and his immoral wars.

Happy dying, Hitch, you sick, seedy, disreputable fucking bastard.

Comments now closed. Tough luck.

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13 Responses to Christopher Hitchens is dying. Big fuckin’ whoop!

  1. Jim Hadstate says:

    Why don’t you tell us how you REALLY feel, ‘Bina?
    Seriously, I can’t stand Hitchens and when he comes on the tube, wherever, I change the channel. I I’m reading a set of articles on my reader and he pops up in one of them, it’s an automatic delete. Like you, I will not miss that pondscum when he floats downstream.



  3. Sabina, that must have been very cathartic to write. It was certainly a stimulating read.
    As a semi-official Hitchens Watcher, I’ve done a post to bring your opinions to the attention of our readers, so expect a surge of traffic and, hopefully, some hate mail. Hitch has almost as big an army of orcs and goblins as Saruman the White had, and they are just as nasty.

  4. Chris says:

    This is a disgusting post. You should be ashamed. Please let me know when you’re terminal so I can follow along. And Kipling? Is it wise to quote a racist to school a fascist?

  5. Greywolf, I can see what you mean…one of them pooped right after you. (Hope it was cathartic, Chris–and get your fucking rabies shot, you’re going on my weekly wankapedia!) They’ll all be consigned to the troll-hole here as they arrive, so there won’t be much for them to do. Thanks for the nice words, and welcome aboard; I don’t write often of Hitch (any more than I do about, say, amoebic dysentery), but I hope you come back often just to see who else gets hit with the clue-by-four.

  6. Nanette says:

    Thank You!

  7. Greywolf of Hitchens Watch says:

    I’ve got you bookmarked now and I intend to read through your archive over the coming weeks. You’re an inspiration to us all.

  8. coventrian says:

    Sabina, Chris is right, you’re too soft on the corrupt, corpulent bastard. Try harder next time.

  9. This One Guy says:

    Here, have some hate mail:
    I’ll ignore the fact that this post is cruel and mean and petty and heartless and focus on why you’re wrong. 1. You’re wrong that Hitchens went after Clinton because he had an affair. Hitchens went after Clinton because he lied and called a woman who was telling the truth a liar. 2. Hitchens had not been forgiving of religious fundamentalism. He wrote books about it and how it was bad and why. His reasons for supporting the war were secularist, even if Bush’s weren’t (but they were). 3. Karma’s bullshit. If you were right bad things would happen to bad people and good things would happen to good people. The world isn’t that kind. I checked. 4. If Hitchens did feel remorse for what he’s done you wouldn’t know about it. More likely he doesn’t agree with you that he’s done anything wrong. 5. Comparing the dead soldiers of WWI to the dead soldiers of Iraq is insulting to both. The former were draftees who had no choice but to fight. The latter volunteered. By comparing them you undermine the free will of the latter and insult the memory of the former. 6. In what way did Hitchens ‘lie to please the mob’? 7. The only thing that saddens you about someone having cancer is that it came too late? Not the pain they’re going through? Not the fact that they’ll die? Not what it does to their family? Let’s remember that even if Hitchens was wrong about everything, he was only ever a writer. Even if you’re absolutely right and he’s absolutely wrong, you’re revelling in the unpleasant death of an intellectual opponent. It seems spiteful, somehow.

  10. Wow, what a detailed load of utter drivel. Guess what, you’re wrong on all points; he’s not an intellectual, much less my opponent. But thanks for the wanks, you’re on tomorrow’s shit list. Enjoy your infamy!

  11. No Fan Here says:

    Sorry, Sabrina. I’m with This One Guy. What you’ve written says more about you than Hitchens. And diminishes any credibility you would wish to establish. I won’t be reading your future posts.

  12. It’s Sabina, no r.
    And I really couldn’t care less what some anonymous dickweed like you (another spoofed gmail addy, how brave!) thinks of me, or whether you’ll be back again. Don’t bother “sorrying”, just fuck off, ‘kay?

  13. No Fan Here says:

    Sorry about the spelling mistake, Sabina, and try to be nice to people once in a while.

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