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about the Blumenthal-Hitchens feud on Monday, February 22,
THE wheel within the wheel here is the fact that the ADL is running away from the fight. They are at pains to disclaim any notion that Hitchens is a "denier". Why? If he indeed said the things that Epstein says he said, then he is indeed a "denier" par excellance, far greater than, say, David Irving, that famous "anti-semite".
Why are they running from the fight? I say that it is because they fear what he might do if provoked. Hitchens may be a maverick in many senses but he is (or has been until now) a member of the inside literary cogniscenti of what passes for the literary establishment...and he has a very mean and skilful pen. No, they don't mind pissing on David Irving (who is not nasty), but they really fear Hitchens. "Yella bellies", as we say here.
Though I disagree with many things he has done (like insulting Mother Theresa at her funeral) I share your view of his essential integrity. And I never trust a man who doesn't drink.
David Irving notes:
WHEN Christopher Hitchens came out on my side against St Martins Press and the ADL in a famous Vanity Fair article in June 1996, Abraham Foxman wrote a vicious letter attacking both of us. I replied with a reader's letter backed by the threat of a writ. Vanity Fair asked if they might remove my backing for Hitchens, as he was taking other steps against Foxman. (They published my letter). -- David Irving
For further proof that Hitchens has an independent mind, see his article about Monica Lewinsky: Weapon of mass distraction published by The London Evening Standard in Dec. 1998, and by Vanity Fair March 1999.