So today I was reading this blog post about the recent rise of anti-Semitism in Europe. (The blog post is a comment on this op-ed from ynetnews.com.) A comment on the blog post struck me enough that I had to pass it along. The comment comes from someone with the handle “Prologue.” Here goes:
When people are frightened they need someone to hate, but they rarely hate what they fear. That takes too much guts. People hate what it’s safe to hate. That’s why Europeans publicly take on the U.S. and Israel. They get to feel morally upright for speaking “truth to power” and there’s absolutely no risk whatsoever. There will be no retaliation.
One might disagree with the politics of the post, or the comment thread, or the websites in question, and no less an authority than Yoda would question the wisdom of hatred, but it’s worth asking the question: in troubled times, do we direct our anger and our vitriol at those who most deserve it, or at those who will tolerate it?