Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Christopher Hitchens on Michael Moore

When I switched on C-SPAN 1 this morning, I shouted to my wife, "My man!" as the somewhat groggy face of Christopher Hitchens appeared on the screen. I can't get enough of The Hitch: he is brilliant, witty, subtle, courageous, and, unlike many American pundits, can speak English flawlessly. He goes on my 'hero list' alongside David Horowitz, and for a similar reason: both had the courage to change their views in the teeth of reality and face the consequences from their erstwhile comrades. In response to a caller, Hitchens said that he has renounced socialism and is now free of all ideologies.

The Hitch got off a good ad hominem against Michael Moore. Europeans think of us Americans as fat, oafish, stupid, ill-mannered, ugly, uneducated, and so on. So who do they honor among Americans? Why, someone who exemplifies these very attributes, Michael Moore.

Hitchens reported that he is well on his way to becoming a U.S. citizen, although the paper work may not be completed in time for the November election. Asked by the moderator for whom he would vote, Hitchens gave the nod to Bush on the ground that he, unlike any of the Democrat contenders, understands what is at stake in the struggle against the Islamo-fascists.

The Hitch is surely right about this. Kerry the vacillator seems to be quite in a fog about this threat to civilization. We are weak and vulnerable and decadent, and it wouldn't take much to bring us down. A few downings of commercial airliners and some well-placed dirty bombs would be enough to send our economy into a depression. This is exactly not the time for a vacillating prevaricator like John F. Kerry to be in the White House.