I was sad to hear that Christopher Hitchens had died. He may have gotten many things wrong, but he got the one big thing of his era right — the danger posed by radical Islam to human freedom and dignity. Check out the video above for a sample.
All of us are deeply flawed and make many mistakes. But great intellectuals and leaders get the big things of their time right and focus their energy on that big thing. Abraham Lincoln made many mistakes, but he recognized the evils of slavery and the threat it posed to our Union. Franklin Roosevelt made more than his share of blunders with the economy, but he recognized the threat posed by fascism and did everything he could to defeat it. And of course, Christopher Hitchens’ role model, George Orwell, was mistaken about many things but he correctly identified the evils of Communism and the Totalitarianism it brings.
Hitchens was a great man in the tradition of these other great men. May his warnings about Islamic Radicalism be heeded.
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