: Eric Alterman makes what is becoming the moral mistake of the age: trying to rationalize hate crimes.
How often have we heard after 9.11 that we should understand the hate that drove those mass murderers. Crap. There is no explaining what they did, no justifying it, no reason for it, no rationalization for it, save hate.
Now he brings the same logic to anti-Semitic attacks in France:
I got a ton of mail yesterday, some of it abusive, complaining about my comments on attacks against French Jews. Roughly half of the e-mails accused me of