Hitchens has cancer

July 2, 2010 at 12:02 am (Champagne Charlie, Galloway, Pro-War Left, Respect, secularism, truth, wild man)

by Christopher Hitchens
June 30, 2010, 4:00 PM

hitch-110.jpgI have been advised by my physician that I must undergo a course of chemotherapy on my esophagus. This advice seems persuasive to me. I regret having had to cancel so many engagements at such short notice.”

(from Vanity Fair)

Us Shirazers don’t always agree with the Hitch: but we appreciate his vigorous defence of atheism, his willingness to attack “left wing” betrayers of enlightenment values, and his consistent denunciations of bigots and racists. His brilliant exposure of that posturing charlatan and demagogue Galloway was a moment to be savoured: “beneath each gutter there is another gurgling gutter below,” he said of Galloway, and Galloway is surely the lowest level of gutter-politician imaginable. Immediately after the debate (in 2005) most commentators (including me) scored it a draw in the terms of a public school or Oxford Uni debate. But events since then have made it clear that Hitchens was, and is,  the real winner in terms of wisdom, judgement and of simple human decency.

Hitch: we all know that cancer of the esophagus is a serious business and that the treatment is very unpleasant. We wish you well, not because we always agree with you, but because humanity needs people like you – ready, willing and able to expose the gutter-dwellers like Galloway.


  1. Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said,

    It’s a damn shame, the man’s a legend, flawed but a real shame.

  2. Hitchens has cancer « Shiraz Socialist | Cancer said,

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  3. charliethechulo said,

    According to Hitchins’ partner Carol Blue, he’s “determined to stay alive long enough to see his political eniemies defeated.” I don’t think a lightweight like David Edgar can be considered an “political enemy” (you have to carry some intellectual weight to warrant that description), but this miserable, squirming apologia for semi-Stalinism and capitulation to clerical fascism and cultural relativism at last year’s SWP event, certainly qualifies as a prime example of everything that’s wrong with a section of today’s “left” and that Hitchens (righjtly) is sworn to defeat:


  4. For Christopher Hitchens « Poumista said,

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  5. diana z. said,

    It’s a damn shame, the man’s a legend, flawed but a real shame…

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