Thursday, May 13, 2004

"Measuring Distance in Kilograms"

This is from Those Who Forget the Past: The Question of Anti-Semitism quoting Ali Salem, an Egyptian playwright, on hatred:
It's very difficult to understand the machinery of hatred, because you wind up resorting to logic, but trying to understand this with logic is like measuring distance in kilograms.
I highly recommend this book, an anthology of essays about contemporary anti-Semitism. The next time you're in a bookstore, get a cup of coffee and just read the introduction. It's easily worth a twenty minutes of your time.

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