Cynicism by the Book

April 4, 2011

Hamid Karzai's despicable response to the Quran burning in Florida.
By Christopher Hitchens

"Heinrich Heine's famous observation about book burning—that where books are burned, people also will be—was actually first made about the torching of the Quran. The Spanish Inquisition used to delight in putting heretical works "on trial," and zealously convicted the Muslim holy book before feeding it to the flames in what is one of Christianity's oldest traditions."

Read More (Slate)


em said...


Beautiful as usual my friend.

Janey Greene said...

Thank god for C Hitchens--one of the few who are articulate enough to almost capture in words the idiocy and evil on display in Florida and Afghanistan.


Christopher reads from Hitch-22: A Memoir