No More Excuses
"Frankly, Muslim life is cheap, especially for Muslims." This is a statement of fact, not value.
You might want to note that Marty Peretz' apology is titled An Apology precisely because he expresses his embarassment at, and effectively withdraws, another sentence which you have also quoted.He writes:The embarrassing sentence is: "I wonder whether I need honor these people and pretend they are worthy of the privileges of the First Amendment, which I have in my gut the sense that they will abuse." I wrote that, but I do not believe that. I do not think that any group or class of persons in the United States should be denied the protections of the First Amendment, not now, not ever. ... So I apologize for my sentence, not least because it misrepresents me.I for one was delighted to read that.
I have a hard time being "delighted" by a non-apology apology. Right after that bit, he went on to add this little racist gem:The other sentence is: "Frankly, Muslim life is cheap, especially for Muslims." This is a statement of fact, not value.Lovely. He goes on to defend his racism by saying that Kristof believes it too, as if that would make everything better.
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