Hitchens and Galloway: A pox on both houses
Finally got to see the the Hitchens-Galloway debate which has generated a tsunami of blogoshpere buzz.
The video is streamed from here.
A transcript is found here.
The Angry Arab analysis makes superb reading.
It was a bitchslapping contest par excellence. The debate felt stretched over 2 hours, but there was plenty of personal insult traded across both sides to keep it entertaining.
I was shocked to see just how much of an unconditional Bush cheerleader Hitchens has become, yet his sincerest arguments (something that was short in supply from these guys) for pro-Iraq War were socialist: The Trade Union movement which was brutalised during Saddam's rule will be greatly enhanced and the condition of the women will be vastly improved. As if we are expected to believe that when they were planning the war in the Pentagon, these were foremost in the minds of Bush's strategists.
Finally, the debate was rolled up by Hitchens who made probably the only point that both he and Galloway, as they went off to their respective book signings, were in perfect agreement on:
"From now on if you want to talk to me, you'll need a receipt and I'll be sitting selling books because this is after all, America."Thanks to Popinjay, Spirit of 76, for this link: If you really want to see Hitchens dismantled, this video link, from the Daily Show is revealing. Hitchens comes to whore up his new book but gets tied up in knots by presenter, Jon Stewart.