Christopher Hitchens died this week, along with Vaclev Havel. Men that I admired, still do. I was a huge fan of Christopher Hitchens. I believe he was a genius with the written and spoken word. I loved his politics, his support for Salman Rushdie when the fatwa was issued against him. All of these things and his wonderful books, what a body of work he left behind. Vaclav Havel rode the Velvet Revolution of 1989 as a Czech dissident. An accomplished writer, he wrote numerous successful plays, and he was President of Czechoslavakia. Two amazing voices are gone in a week. Also the Iraq war died this week. Something I never admired. Causing untold misery for years to come. Families decimated, war veterans not being taken care of properly. Iraq in ruins. Mission accomplished for Rove, Cheney and Bush and all their minions. Christmas is a week away, the New Year is almost upon us. I wish peace for the families of Christopher Hitchens and Vaclav Havel. Peace for all who have survived and those who did not in the Iraq War. Surely we can do better this year. If only we'd give peace a chance.