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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

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It's great and sad to watch Cockburn and Hitchens fight. It just goes to show how friendship in the world of hyper-punditry is a time to stockpile damaging and embarrassing facts in preparation for the eventual falling out. Best punches from each corner:

Cockburn: There's no useful debate to be had with Hitchens. The man's been shipwrecked by reality, but on his fantasy Titanic Commodore Hitchens still paces the bridge, swearing against all the evidence that his ship's on course. He urged a war which has plunged a country, Iraq, ever deeper into death and ruin. How long will he go on saying the attack was worth it and that America should stay the course. On "staying the course" the people of Iraq gave their view in the elections, which they hoped would spell swift American departure. Of course Saddam Hussein was a bloodthirsty tyrant who brought misery and death to the Iraqi people. What will it take beyond the present 100,000 dead Iraqis for Hitchens and those like him to concede that between Saddam or invasion and American occupation, the former, indubitably horrible, was the preferable option? 500,000 dead, a million, two million?

Hitchens: In a way, Cockburn has the courage of his convictions (as well as, see above, the cowardice of them). I dare say he is annoyed to find "Cindy" crumbling under the first tough question she was asked. And he is welcome to describe me as a "sack of shit", as well as to smear excrement all over the walls of his nursery. But the above remain the facts.