“I became a journalist because I did not want to rely on newspapers for information.” Hitchens
Christopher Hitchens—the incomparable critic, masterful rhetorician, fiery wit, and fearless bon vivant—died December 16, 2011, at the age of 62.
Hitch is remembered for many brilliant accomplishments. The following example is not the most notable. It does, however, showcase his sheer intestinal fortitude for exposing hypocrisy; even if it meant calling out the now defunct commander-in-chief and the entire industrial military complex (bravo, Hitch!).
Christopher Hitchens, after subjecting himself to waterboarding in 2008, was one of the first outspoken critics of this type of particular torture. He lasted for all of 16 seconds:
“It’s annoying to me now to read every time it’s discussed in the press or in Congress that it simulates the feeling of drowning,” he said at the time. “It doesn’t simulate the feeling of drowning. You are being drowned, slowly.”
Hitchens’ exposure to waterboarding was brief and intense- similar to his legacy… that will, without a doubt, out live us all.
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