Douthat psychoanalyzes Hitchens:
Hitchens’ anti-religious arguments feel the least heartfelt the least, well, Hitchens-esque when they’re couched in the language of scientism. (I’m thinking, in particular, of his grating and forced rhetorical habit of referring to human beings as “mammals” or “primates” in the course of these polemics …) Whereas they feel entirely authentic when they’re couched as “aux armes, citoyens“ rallying cries in the struggle against tyranny...Whereas Dawkins and co. are appalled by the belief in God, Hitchens is far more appalled by the idea that anyone would want to obey Him. Every true romantic needs a great foe, a worthy adversary, a villain to whose destruction he can consecrate himself. Never one for half measures, Hitchens just decided to go all the way to the top.