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Fighting Words

The article that inspired a young man to enlist.

Vanity Fair's November issue features an article by Slate contributor Christopher Hitchens titled "A Death in the Family." The story concerns Mark Daily, a young volunteer who died in Iraq last January. Daily had reservations about the war during his college days at U.C.L.A., but he enlisted after reading Hitchens' writings in Slate. To read Hitchens' Vanity Fair column, in which he meets with the Daily family and reflects on his own words, click here. The Slate article that inspired Daily is reproduced below.

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