This is a forum of writers so I feel it is appropriate to bring up that Christopher Hitchens has passed away. He was a brilliant writer who wrote about politics, war and religion. He was also one of the best debaters I have ever seen, who could deal "lethal" blows with a turn of a phrase. I agreed with most of what he said about religion. And I disagreed with most of what he said about politics. But even when I disagreed with him, the brilliance with which he formulated his arguments forced me to think long and hard about my own beliefs and positions. He made me think. For that I will always remember him.