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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Hitchens on Afghanistan

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While Hitchens has gotten tiresome with his repetitive theme of the harm of not judging Arabs by the same standards we apply to ourselves, this is one of his better pieces:

Over the last week, the flag of the United States of America has been cheerfully incinerated by grinning crowds in several cities... Some of us can be offended at insults to our culture, and we, too, possess unalterable convictions and principles. Many people take the same view of the desecration of Old Glory. But we would never dream of venting ourselves in random assaults on mosques or Muslims, and if anyone on our soil did dare to commit such atrocities, I hope and believe that they would not receive moist and sympathetic treatment in the pages of the American press.

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