Warrior for truth
Here is Hitchens speaking in November 2010, shortly before his death -- the cancer treatments had cost him his hair but not his acuity:
One of his best performances ever, in Toronto in 2006, during a debate on a Canadian hate-speech law:
More Hitchens in action:
His memoir Hitch-22 shows the human side. He was not afraid to put his own convictions to the test of empirical reality, as with his 1968 trip to Cuba which made clear the true nature of the regime there.
Hitchens died at 62, startlingly young by today's standards. He died of esophageal cancer, for which the heavy drinking and smoking for which he was known are both risk factors. If only he had managed to cast aside those powerful addictions! He might still be among us today, with another decade or more of helping to lead the good fight still ahead of him. As it is, his words will continue to inspire, to bolster our resolve, until the parasitic disease of religion is expunged from the minds of humans all over the Earth.