Hitchens, now an American citizen, remains one of the fiercest and most unrepentant enthusiasts for the US-British overthrow of Saddam Hussein. But, back in 1976, when working for the New Statesman, he took a more admiring view of the Iraqi dictator, as this article shows. Young Hitchens saw Saddam as an up-and-coming secular socialist who would transform Iraq into a progressive model for the rest of the Middle East.
Things I did not know about Christopher Hitchens Part II
The New Statesman digs up a part of Christopher Hitchens past that is downright shocking. You have got to read this one to believe it.