I always admired Christopher Hitchens as a rhetoritician and as an uncompromising man. I respected that he could defend his every position and contention with sound argumentation. For instance, he was the only person that I ever heard make an intelligent case in favor of the war in Iraq.
His arguments didn’t always convince me, but they always challenged me. They always forced me to look at a subject from a new perspective. Even vehemently disagreeing with Hitchens’ on something made me feel more enlightened, because he forced me to dig deep within myself and face aspects of my own positions of which I’d previously been unaware.