I don’t speak ill of the dead on the day of their deaths. But after that day of respectful silence I believe a fair accounting of the person is in order.
Hitchens was an asshole, a drunk and a bully. He was a one of the most important enablers of the neocons from the left. Most of Hitchens’s ideas were repellent. While not an outright Islamophobe, he gloried in war, death and tragedy. Showed callous disregard for the suffering of others, including children.
Hitchens was horribly, horribly wrong about the Iraq War, the signature and colossal foul-up of our era. He had a few good ideas–his take down of Mother Theresa and Princess Diana were needed tonics to the prevailing hagiographies. But on balance he was mostly wrong about the most profound ideas of our time. He was a nasty person who had no tolerance for legitimate differences. He was not a good person.