(→Citazioni di Christopher Hitchens: Possibili modifiche.)
*Le due grandi prove per la società Eritrea saranno, e sono già, il superamento delle divisioni tribali e religiosi, e l'emancipazione delle donne. Ambe fatiche sono facilitate dalla natura della guerra che Eritrea ha combattuto; una guerra popolare che coinvolgeva ambi i sessi lottando fianco a fianco. Sebbene il paese sia diviso in nove gruppi etnici e tre religioni principali, la soledarietà che è emersa è più che retorica.
:''The two big tests for Eritrean society will be, and already are, the overcoming of tribal and religious fissures, and the emancipation of women. Both tasks are made easier by the nature of the war Eritrea fought, a people's war which involved both sexes, fighting together. Although the country is divided into nine ethnic groups and three main religions, the solidarity that has emerged from this is more than rhetorical.''<ref name="africangothic"/>
*Le ragioni per cui detesto il presidente [[George W. Bush]]
:''How do I dislike President George Bush? Let me count the ways. Most of them have to do with his contented assumption that 'faith' is, in and of itself, a virtue. This self-satisfied mentality helps explain almost everything, from the smug expression on his face to the way in which, as governor of Texas, he signed all those death warrants without losing a second's composure. It explains the way in which he embraced ex-KGB goon Vladimir Putin, citing as the basis of a beautiful relationship the fact that Putin was wearing a crucifix. (Has Putin been seen wearing that crucifix before or since? Did his advisers tell him that the President of the United States was that easy a pushover?) It also explains the unforgivable intervention that Bush made into the private life of the Schiavo family: leaving his Texas ranch to try and keep 'alive' a woman whose autopsy showed that her brain had melted to below flatline a long time before. Here is a man who believes the 'jury' is still 'out' on whether we evolved as a species, who regards stem cell research as something profane, who affects the odd belief that Islam is 'a religion of peace'. However that may be, I always agreed with him on one secular question, that the regime of Saddam Hussein was long overdue for removal.''<ref name="iraqvietnam">Da "To invoke Vietnam was a blunder too far for Bush", ''The Guardian'' (26 agosto 2007)</ref>
*I regimi sostenuti da Washington in Vietnam tendevano a identificarsi con una minoranza confessionale (quella cattolica), escludendo le forze laiche, nazionaliste e buddiste; il governo iracheno può anche avere una connotazione settaria, ma almeno attinge a popolazioni maggioritarie finora represse (curdi e sciiti), mentre l’ambasciata americana cerca di attenuare le divisioni religiose ed etniche anziché alimentarle.