Hitchens continuing his role as John Bull, gets an admiring (envious?) interview from Steve Inskeep on Monday morning. (Not the first homage to Hitchens that NPR has done). The grain of this story is that a young American who was "inspired" by Hitchens' hawking of the Iraq War was recently killed in Iraq.
If you want evidence of the colonial math of the Iraq War this is an illustrative interview. The total focus of NPR's story is how Hitchens feels about possibly being a part of the death of this one young American. That's reasonable enough, but there was not one question asking how Hitchens feels about fronting for the Bush-Blair unprovoked invasion of a country that has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians, over 4 million internal and external refugees and tens of thousands of military casualties.
Not only is Hitchens not held to account, Inskeep uses the interview to put a little Pentagon propaganda out there. Quoting the Internet postings of the soldier who was killed, Inskeep relates how a Kurdish man told the soldier "the difference between insurgents and American soldiers is that they get paid to take life, to murder - and you, the American soldiers, get paid to save lives." Inskeep is quite moved by this nonsense (I guess all those US airstrikes are delivering food and medicine!) He notes, "Quite elegant letter, quite elegant description." And Hitchens chimes in " ...I was very stirred by that."
Not satisfied with this Centcom commercial, Inskeep adds, "Would you hope there might be another young American who might read your words and listen to them here on NPR and be inspired to enlist and go to Iraq?"