- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; First Edition edition (22 May 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141015675
- ISBN-13: 978-0141015675
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 979,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Regime Change Paperback – 22 May 2003
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In the intro, Hitchens sets out his convictions whilst pointing out the contradictory and sometimes completely ridiculous arguments of the anti-war Left and Right. The hilarious way he destroys the cheap slogans of the so-called peaceniks often makes the reader laugh out loud. Amongst other subjects, he thoroughly demolishes the slur that an Israeli or Zionist lobby was behind the war. He mentions the Anti-Semitic innuendo and imagery employed, and points out that the most insistent lobbyists for the new Iraq policy have been Iraqis - Muslim and Christian, Arab and Kurdish, devout and secular.
The first essay: Machiavelli in Mesopotamia, of November 7, 2002, investigates the "case against the case against regime change". The one titled Armchair General tackles the idea that non-soldiers have less right to argue for war, whilst in Terrorism, Hitchens explores the definition of the term. He refers to Claude Chabrol's film Nada that demonstrates the promiscuous cruelty of nihilistic terrorists. He describes terrorism as the tactic of demanding the impossible at gunpoint.
One of the highlights of the book is called Anti-Americanism, an investigation of its varieties on the right and left, foreign and domestic. Hitchens concludes that for foreigners, the more correct term would be Anti-Modernist and for insiders, Native Masochist.
The essay titled Evil brilliantly explores the meaning of the word.Read more ›
In this collection of essays, however, we find that Hitchens has in no way abandoned his principles. The same beliefs in the importance of pluralism, secularism and cosmopolitanism are evident, and his defiance in the face of fascism are still there for all to see, but where he differs from many others on the Left is in his belief that civilised society faces enemies which must be fought. Hitchens easily rubbishes the convoluted and self-contradictory arguments of those who sought to belittle the case for war, and pours scorn on the Liberal intellectuals who continue to equivocate in the face of an enemy intent on a course of destruction and nihilism.
Hitchens writes brilliantly, powerfully, and persuasively in his erudite, acerbic style which has become so famous. A superb collection of essays from one of the few media commentators worth listening to.
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Even if you like Christopher Hitchens, and sympathise with his nods towards his intellectual super-heroes (Orwell, Marx, Trotsky), it's impossible to read his books without feeling... Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2004
Hitchens is the classic Trotskyist. He makes his name by attacking the powerful and wealthy, but as soon as he attains fame and some wealth, he allows his pen to be hired by the... Read morePublished on 16 Oct. 2003 by William Podmore
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