There is one moment when he admits to suffering something like a crisis of the soul, though a brief one. Hitchens was, notoriously, one of the cheerleaders for the invasion of Iraq in 2003. In early 2007, he heard about the death in Mosul of a young soldier from California called Mark Daily, who had left behind a statement explaining his reasons for having volunteered to fight. As reported in the Los Angeles Times , Daily had thought hard about a war whose justice he had initially doubted, and eventually felt the call to take part: ‘Somewhere along the way, he changed his mind. His family says there was no epiphany. Writings by author and columnist Christopher Hitchens on the moral case for war deeply influenced him.’ Hitchens encountered this story out of the blue in an email, and he recalls:
As noted above, the Guardsmen are doubles for the rank-and-file fascist collaborators or collabos of his day. Their indifference makes them brutal and dangerous. The most poignant staging of his indifference is undoubtedly that in Antigone's cell. The pathos of the scene inheres in Antigone's appeals to the last face she will see, a face that is blind, brutal, and indifferent. The First Guard, as small-minded as ever, responds unfeelingly to her pleas, rambling about the trivialities of his job. As with the discussion of the party during Antigone's arrest, Anouilh would thus contrast his heroine's high tragedy with the banalities that occupy the guardsmen. The Guards also stand in for the inappropriate spectator, the audience-member who remains inured to the tragic. Thus they make two ironic appearances at the beginning and end of the play, playing cards on the palace steps. As the Chorus remarks in the epilogue, they remain untouched by the tragedy—"it's no skin off their noses." The indifferent members of the rank-and-file would thus stand in an almost edifying contrast to the audience that has undergone, or should have undergone, its catharsis.
Wow, one of the most insane, hate filled sites I\’ve come across. Learn a little about American history, engineering and physics before posting slander as fact. Just because you put up terrible images isn\’t enough to convey truth but I guess that tactic has worked well for the government since the Sept 11 \’attack\’. Just ask yourself, if Muslims really hated this country, why would they attack ONCE and suddenly stop for over 10 years. Like you\’ve stated, they have migrated here in greater numbers since 91 so why stop with a single attack? Has our security gotten that good? Maybe the TSA agents are responsible for thwarting new attacks? In America, the law states you are innocent until proven guilty, lawyers only need to prove a reasonable doubt. So far there are no facts on this subject (you certainly haven\’t shown any). If I was a jury member reasonable doubt is all I\’d be filled with. Next time when you write fiction like this at least note it above the article so I can grab a bowl of popcorn before I sit down to read.