Acclaimed writer and political scholar Christopher Hitchens may just be the only writer to have recently visited Iran, Iraq and North Korea. Hitchens - known for his keen wit, sharp political insight and often controversial opinions - examines the differences between the countries once linked as the "axis of evil," while revealing intriguing connections between the nations.
Christopher Hitchens is an author and journalist whose books, essays, and journalistic career span more than four decades. He has been a columnist and literary critic at The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Slate, World Affairs, The Nation, Free Inquiry, and became a media fellow at the Hoover Institution in 2008.
Steven Boyd Saum
Steven came to the SCU team in April 2006 from The Commonwealth Club of California, where he edited The Commonwealth magazine and the collection Each a Mighty Voice. He has served in the Peace Corps and directed the Fulbright program in Ukraine, and his writing has appeared in Salon, the Christian Science Monitor, the Kenyon Review, and elsewhere.
Journalist Christopher Hitchens comments on the consequences of the age demographic in Iran. Hitchens claims that nearly half of the Iranian population is under 25, which has resulted in a "baby-boomerang."
"The Mullahs have by accident ... brought about a generation that doesn't like them."
Journalist Christopher Hitchens elaborates on his view of Iranian nuclear policy. Hitchens says, "Which do you think is worse: The Mullahs get a bomb after the way they have behaved to their own people and to their neighboring countries? Or, that they be told that they cannot have a bomb?"
Systematic use of violence to create a general climate of fear in a population and thereby to bring about a particular political objective. It has been used throughout history by political organizations of both the left and the right, by nationalist and ethnic groups, and by revolutionaries. Although usually thought of as a means of destabilizing or overthrowing existing political institutions, terror also has been employed by governments against their own people to suppress dissent; examples include the reigns of certain Roman emperors, the French Revolution (seeReign of Terror), Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union under Stalin, and Argentina during the dirty war of the 1970s. Terrorism's impact has been magnified by the deadliness and technological sophistication of modern-day weapons and the capability of the media to disseminate news of such attacks instantaneously throughout the world. The deadliest terrorist attack ever occurred in the United States on Sept. 11, 2001 (seeSeptember 11 attacks), when members of al-Qaeda terrorist network hijacked four commercial airplanes and crashed two of them into the twin towers of the World Trade Center complex in New York City and one into the Pentagon building near Washington, D.C.; the fourth plane crashed near Pittsburgh, Pa. The crashes resulted in the collapse of much of the World Trade Center complex, the destruction of part of the southwest side of the Pentagon, and the deaths of some 3,000 people.
Marcus et. al.. you are discussing the Catholic Church based on theory, not on practice. In practice the modern Catholic Church is very tolerant about pretty much anything their followers do in private (as it was fairly tolerant about what their popes were doing in the past :-)). I would bet with you that Catholic sex, on average, is a lot more fun than Protestant sex.
As far as free will is concerned, Kenny, I can assure you that the Catholic Church totally believes in that concept. Without free will there could be no sin, without sin, there could be no punishment, without punishment, there would be no lever to threaten people into submission. Contrary to the theological randomness of the Protestants, the Catholics are extremely hard at work to make their theology as consistent as logic allows.
Dimitry... you are wrong, again. The one thing that saves "the human mind from the abyss of uncertainty of the real world" is called knowledge. All you need to do to get tolerant human beings is to educate them. Why don't we try that before we declare the world to be unchangeable?
Actually it is not a logical fallacy because it is not an argument but just an insult. Prejudice, bias, stereotype and labels instead of independent thinking were at the beginning and will outlive every religion because they save human mind from the abyss of uncertainty of the real world.
Each of your comments were sent directly to me. You've clicked the 'reply' tab.
And again, if you're more careful in posting your missives, i'll not feel the need to tell you you're barking up the wrong tree.
I’m sorry to disappoint you but none of my comments was addressed to you otherwise there would be your name in the beginning. I tried to confront two extremes of atheistic and theistic world views addressing myself to imaginary reader. I apologize for this misunderstanding but in this case your behavior resembles one of the dog barking at his own tail. I have read your previous comment and I find your atheistic view quite consistent.
@Dmitry76 Thats 3 times you've written a message to me telling me i'm a puppet in the hands of an omnipotent visible and invisible authority, etc.
I haven't decided whether you're an oaf or an idiot yet but why dont you scroll up to any comment i've posted and re-read it SLOWLY. Nothing i've written could be construed as other than the view of an atheist, except apparently by you.
If english isn't your first language i suggest you find someone who can read and comprehend it......then apologize and go annoy a theist for a change.
So far, all you've done is confirm that some atheists are not necessarily more discerning than theists. Begone, get ye behind me.
I'm kidding. Indeed you just a puppet in the hands of omnipotent both visible and invisible authorities and nothing depends on you. Just give up useless attempts to think independently and follow the orders.