Christopher Hitchens should be remembered as a very talented public intellectual who got one thing completely and utterly wrong and was never really held accountable for it. I'm speaking of the Iraq War, which will go down as the greatest foreign policy blunder in American history.
He is being lauded for work that became, essentially, hateful and racist by the end of his life; specifically, his love for anything that would kill Muslims. Now, it's all well and good to wish death upon radicals who want to kill the infidel, but that does not translate into wishing death can rain down like cluster bombs on brown people.
Sir Isaac Newton spent a great deal of his time, and his considerable intellectual talents, on trying to wring science out of the Bible. He devoted himself to a pursuit which, today, seems unimaginable. Perhaps we will look back on Hitchens and wonder how it was that he spent so much of his intellectual capital on the Iraq War and weapons of mass destruction and defending Ahmed Chalabi.