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Reply to Hitchens's Rejoinder
Hitchens fulminates about my failure to refer to his publications on the bombing of the plant--or, he might have added, to the many articles in the mainstream press that considered the validity of the justifications offered for the bombing. The reasons are straightforward, and were stated clearly and explicitly. I kept to prominent articles from credible sources in the mainstream press, which were therefore widely available; and to the topic with which I was concerned, namely, consequences.
Hitchens claims that I accused him of "propensity for racist contempt." I explicitly and unambiguously said the opposite.
Hitchens condemns the claim of "facile 'moral equivalence' between the two crimes." Fair enough, but since he fabricated the claim out of thin air, I feel no need to comment.
Hitchens is also outraged at my statement that we should condemn Milosevic for the crimes that are "plausibly attributed" to him. According to Hitchens, then, we must also charge him with those that are not plausibly attributed to him, and it is, furthermore, utterly outrageous to suggest otherwise. Of course, he does not mean what he is saying, once again. Having carried irrationality to new limits, he then seeks to evade the accurate argument that he quotes. Perhaps he does not like the way its conclusion applies to him. If so, that's his problem. The argument remains valid, and elementary, nonetheless.
I will not sink to Hitchens's level of referring to personal correspondence, which--it is now no surprise--he utterly distorts. The remainder has not even a remote connection to what I wrote, and I will therefore ignore it. And furthermore wish to waste no more time on these shameful meanderings.
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