Hitchen, Hitchens, Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens has a defender.

Reading this tribute makes his loss to the current hysteria all the more regrettable. Hitchens's desire to imitate his idol, George Orwell, took him to the point of fabricating his own Spanish civil war and his own fascism when there is but a relatively powerless, if occasionally deadly, threat in what he likes to call "Islamo-fascism."

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.