Sunday, January 11, 2015

Michael Walzer: being candid

"For myself, I live with a generalized fear of every form of religious militancy. I am afraid of Hindutva zealots in India, of messianic Zionists in Israel, and of rampaging Buddhist monks in Myanmar. But I admit that I am most afraid of Islamist zealots because the Islamic world at this moment in time (not always, not forever) is especially feverish and fervent. Indeed, the politically engaged Islamist zealots can best be understood as today’s crusaders."  Although the crusades were a megal-mass movement, while those Jihadi terrorists are fringes?  And notice that Waltzer does not admit that messianic Zionists are in fact not a fringe group in Israel, in the same way fanatical Muslims are in the Muslim world.