March 20th, 2006


hitchens in hindsight

    Propping up the humanitarian case for regime change: “We could have been living in a different world, and so could the people of Iraq, and I shall go on keeping score about this until the last phony pacifist has been strangled with the entrails of the last suicide-murderer.” — Christopher Hitchens, Monday, March 20, 2006, at 2:06 PM ET

    Notable predecessors:

  1. Jean Meslier (1678 - 1733):
    Je voudrais, et ce sera le dernier et le plus ardent de mes souhaits, je voudrais que le dernier des rois fût étranglé avec les boyaux du dernier prêtre.

    I wish, and this shall be the last and most ardent of my wishes, I wish that the last of the kings were strangled with the guts of the last priest.

  2. Denis Diderot (1713–1784):
    Et ses mains ourdiraient les entrailles du prêtre,
    Au défaut d’un cordon pour étrangler les rois.

    His hands would plait the guts of priests,
    For want of rope, to strangle kings.

  3. Attributed to Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837):
    Мы добрых граждан позабавим
    И у позорного столпа
    Кишкой последнего попа
    Последнего царя удавим.