My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Friday, December 16, 2011

An appreciation of Christopher Hitchens...

An appreciation of Christopher Hitchens – from the right

I believe I owe my sanity to Christopher Hitchens. After 9/11, when many of my friends were questioning the fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan; when so many people were wondering if Osama Bin Laden was really behind 9/11; when it seemed that the mere mention of the name George Bush prompted an immediate allergic reaction; and when that ridiculous slop called Fahrenheit 9/11 seemed to be in every cinema, it was calming to know that Christopher Hitchens had my back.

It was comforting to know that I had traveled some of the same roads as Hitchens. I was a lefty in University (I occupied the library once) and active in the anti-nuclear movement in Canada in the 1980s. I left Canada in 1983 and returned in 2000 to find Canada firmly ensconced in cultural relativism. Then 9/11 happened and the left seemed to go bonkers. For a while it was unclear whether I was the one who had gone bonkers – but Hitchens made sense of it all.

He understood the evil of Radical Islam and he understood that we had to fight terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. He saw the rot of the post-modernist left and he was determined to stand for what is right. No matter if writing jobs or friends were lost – Hitchens had to stand up for the Kurds in Iraq, the Muslims in Bosnia, and the Cubans in Cuba. The left had changed, not Hitchens.

Back in 2005 and 2006, it seemed that Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 was everywhere. It was in the repertory theatres, the first-run cinemas, on campus, on TV, in book form, articles, you name it. I couldn’t believe how so many people could be taken in by such ridiculous propaganda. But not Hitchens, and who could say it like him:
“To describe this film as dishonest and demagogic would be to promote those terms to the level of respectability. To describe this film as a piece of crap would be to run the risk of a discourse that would never again rise above the excremental. To describe it as an exercise in facile crowd-pleasing would be too obvious. Fahrenheit 9/11 is a sinister exercise in moral frivolity, crudely disguised as an exercise in seriousness. It is also a spectacle of abject political cowardice masking itself as a demonstration of “dissenting” bravery.”
Hitchens was unafraid to take on the left after 9/11 – he went after Noam Chomsky and George Galloway to name just two – but he also took on the right as well. What other journalist would have himself waterboarded to see if it was really torture? And, unafraid is the operative word. When he wrote “God is Not Great” about atheism, Hitchens went out of his way to go to the Bible belt in the US to debate. He went to North Korea, he went to Iraq, he tore down posters of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party in Beirut (getting beaten up in the process), he waged a massive campaign of support for Salman Rushdie, and he took on cancer with grace and determination.

And, while I will always be reading and re-reading Hitchen’s political writings, it is his writings on male friendship that have left an indelible impact on me. His ode to Martin Amis is his autobiography is essential reading – he describes their friendship as “the most heterosexual relationship that one young man could conceivably have with another.” The lunches, movies, dinners with Amis, James Fenton, Salmon Rushdie, Clive James and others reminds us that men are capable of incredibly strong bonding and incredibly strong feelings (something that we ignore in this feminized world).

While I didn`t always agree with Hitchens (for instance on Zionism) I would never have wanted the opportunity to debate with him. Just have a look at his many debates on YouTube. Not a pretty picture for anybody on the opposite side of Hitchens. And, that is his legacy – agree or not agree, few people could use words like Hitchens. And, few people who can use words like Hitchens have the moral strength to say what is right.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said, Fred. thank you.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

Good one, comrade.

10:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The useful idiots in the West and in the Leftist/Liberal mobs that embrace self-hatred still don't get it over the iraq Liberation and Security or the West .

Lets remove the 9/11 hype from the equation .

OK, for several years we saw how iraq was a valid threat to surrounding nations and that it slaughtered its own people at the rate of 5000 a month as the Liberals and Leftist stayed mute on the fact . Then we saw how Iraq boasted about having the WMD's as the deterant to stop Arab invations or an attack from Iran.

Keep in mind the the U.N. had hans Blix going into iraq to check that the WMD's WERE destroyed as per the orders from the same U.N. .

So , we have iraq asserting to have WMD's while the World had know that many Nations sold war equipment to Iraq and that saddam screwed his people and children out of the Oil-4-Food scam . The we had Iraq laughing at 16 U.N. resolutions to Dis-Arm and prove he got rid of the WMD's , Saddam's sons were vicious killers that even tossed people into plastic-shredders along with punishing other people that were on the Soccer team if iraq failed to win Cups.

Hamas , and the islamic Jihad terrorism balances on the head of a pin to keep in in check . So now it's 2001 in September and a Pro-Palestine motovated group of pro-Whahhabi Muslims go on a mass slaughter of a possible 30'000+ civlians from over 65 previous Nationalities to send a messagwe that NO ONe is save anywhere in the World.
Roughly 26'000 innocent non-muslims got out of the Towers just after the first Jihad slaughter by the 19 muslim terrorists that used 4 hijacked Planes.

Now tell me what you would do if you were the President of the USA and had to go into Afghanistan to raze the islamic supremacy Jihad camps while knowing that many islamists are in Iraq and freely support hamas and the Muslim brotherhood.
There were 16 Resolutions and a boastful saddam who baffled hans Blix to the point that hans would not Either confirm they didn't exist, or deny they were destroyed ( typical U.N. double speak).

Iraq now has muslims slaughtering each other and they must wear this crisis because even the Christian population lives in fear of the militant Muslims from both the Sunni-Shi'ate camps that found a unified hatred from allah to murder non-muslims first and THEN purge islam of the Apostates prior to bringing about Peace.


Shame on the RAINBOW crowds in canada that are silent over the Public killings of gays oin Gaza and the hangings in Iran of adulters and gays. The PRIDE parade has had the Pro-hamas group
in it for 3 years now and this while the TD/BMO banks are sponsors that claims to have Gay-friendly workplaces but morally( and finacially) endorse a group that supports murdering gays in public.
Shame on Susan G Cole and many of the NDPer's that are pro-gay/Feminism MPP's and MP's who are also quiet over the recent misogynistic Honour killings of 4 Brown-females , this because the Shriah Law also include the Quranic verses to kill gays as evil people and kill the Jews as filthy monkeys.
And where is Naomi Klein on these isssues because she was at a pro-hamas rally during the G-20 meeting and she supoorts the Pro-hamas PRIDE group.

People need a Decoder-ring to know what Rights the Charter gives to some people and which groups can be homophobic or murder their females via Shariah law and have femists call it Domestic-Violence as to blame ALL males in canada one more time since the gamil Gharabi Jihad in 1989.

7:30 PM  
Blogger WhyIt™ said...

Amen. I wish there were more atheists out there like Hitchens. He was willing to call-out religious bullshit wherever he found it: whether among Conservative Christians, Islamo-facists, or in the "church" of Leftist Liberalism. He was truly a breath of fresh air from all of the broken-record, left-wing atheists with emotional vendettas against right-wing Christianity, not to mention that he was a brilliant debater and a stellar rhetorician. He will be truly missed.

By the way, I really like your blog a lot. You have some great perspectives. Please continue to share them!

9:56 AM  
Anonymous TBS said...

"I was a lefty in University (I occupied the library once)."

Classic! Should be a bumper sticker.

Nice piece on Hitchens.

12:16 AM  

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