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-Clarkson for pseudo-intellectuals?
christopher hitchens is a great man.
he thinks, for one thing.
i like him. he's wrong about iraq but he thinks through his positions on everything.
Whether you agree with his positions on certain things or not, he thinks everything through and applies his own values to everything. He's remarkably consistent because of this.
Also, being pro-intervention doesn't make someone a neocon. His position on Iraq was based on the journalistic work he did in the country around the time of the first gulf war, he saw the effects of the Hussain regime and probably because of this came to a position which a lot of lefties don't agree with. He stuck with it because he thinks it is what's best for the Iraqi people, based on his experience.
then again, the only words by him I've read have been those op-ed pieces that the Murdoch press like to republish to show that even "Leftist heroes" agree with their position on such and such an issue.
Not got very good reviews on Amazon, mind.
Polemical it might be, but quite a damning and well-researched indictment of US foreign policy in the late 60's/early 70's. And whilst that might seem ironic in light of his shift to neo-conservatism later in life, I can sympathise with his view that given a choice between fundamentalist religion and American imperialism, the latter is the lesser of two evils.
(This is my problem with that sort of justification from someone for turning into a massive right-winger.)
He just became an advocate of humanitarian intervention.
Or 'humanitarian' intervention, if you prefer.
It isn't just a choice between the two of left and right (*insert something about political compass*).
and led to this kind attitude.
despite agreeing with most of it, it made me think twice about being all self important about it.
Been meaning to read that one.
I'm still reading The God Delusion, it's kind of making me feel the same way.
who has written some amazing books and directly contributed to the unveiling and subsequent condemnation of human rights abuses across the world.
Clarkson – not so much.
Agree with what deadwrong said up there ^ - He is a great thinker and incredibly articulate about his slant on world issues. Respect him for being so vocal on his stance on Iraq considering his socialist roots. Dick of a brother.