I was sorry to learn that Christopher Hitchens passed away. I knew he was dying of throat cancer; so his death comes as no surprise. But I thought Hitch was a great writer and an even better mind. Even when I didn't agree with him, I always appreciated his informed opinion on all sorts of matters. I think at heart he was a highly ethical man who enjoyed challenging people in power whose ethics were in need of being challenged. That made Hitch a great iconoclast, often against people he had been friends with or against people who everyone else seemed to give a pass to.