We all knew that Christopher Hitchens was brilliant, what with his rapier-like wit and his amazing memory. But the author of God is Not Great – How Religion Poisons Everything really hit the nail on the head with the title of that book.
Consider what has been happening recently. First, you have some religious asshole in the U.S. make a really amateurish movie about the prophet Mohammed that was intended to be extremely insulting. This in turn upsets the religious idiots in the Middle East who then display how much Islam is a religion of peace by violently attacking US (and other) embassies all over the region and killing four Americans in Benghazi, including the Ambassador. (There is another irony here – Ambassador Stevens was one of the staunchest supporters that the Libyan people had. Maybe that’s why he was targeted by the extremists.)
Apparently, this so-called “film” was screened only once – at a theater in Hollywood to a non-existent audience. At this point, nothing is really clear about the “filmmaker”, but he is on record as saying that Islam is a cancer as his justification for making this so-called film. (In the interest of full disclosure, I have to say that I agree with him about the cancer bit. Of course I also think that Christianity and Judaism are also cancers.) It also turns out that he is allied with Terry Jones, another religious asshole in Florida. You remember him – he was the guy that wanted to burn a Quran on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. He seems to have a real desire to see people turn violent and either kill or get killed, fine loving Christian that he is.
It seems that it was their intent to stir up violence in the Islamic world, because they had a 14 minute video trailer translated into Arabic and posted on Youtube and publicized it on Arabic websites. There is some speculation that this was done to foment unrest across the Middle East in the hopes of creating an incident that might hurt Obama’s chances at re-election. Personally I think they’re just morally bankrupt low-lifes who enjoy instigating violence and murder.
And of course, there are the rabid religious idiots in the Islamic world letting themselves be used for cover by the salafist thugs that want to destroy what little chance there is of any kind of democracy taking hold in the region. All of which has its roots in the longest running civil war in history – the fight over which group of delusionals, the Sunnis or the Shia, are the rightful heirs to the throne of Mohammed. They’ve been fighting over this for nearly 1400 years, sometimes more violently than others, but fighting nonetheless.
So to anyone with a rational brain, it is abundantly clear that Hitchens really nailed it. Recent events show us just how prescient he was. It is such a shame that he had to leave us so soon. But at least we have his writings to help assuage our loss.