Once again it's time to hate: the United States of America, Israel, the Jews, the western democracies, anyone and everyone who isn't we the most righteous (pick one or all of the above).
You know what? Someone insulted bicyclists yesterday, so let's go burn down all the car dealerships. Someone made disparaging remarks about democrats, so let's go beat the crap out of anyone wearing red. Someone said that fish and chips actually have French fries, so let's go trash Paris. Yeah! We're righteous!
The time to hate seems to be any time, for any stupid reason. If I started a riot every time someone said anything anti-semitic, well, there would never be a calm moment in the world. The President of Iran says nasty horrible things about Jews all the time, in public, reported in the press. Let's go TP that mother-f**ker's house!
I'm really sick and tired of all this hate. I'm also really sick and tired of a small minority of people hijacking the spotlight and good will of the majority (keep in mind that there are a bit more than 2 billion people of the Muslim faith worldwide). The people using violence to carry out this most recent hate tantrum are criminals and should be treated as such. I'm glad to see high level officials and clergy in the countries where this hate is being demonstrated make statements about the unacceptably of this behavior. But it also bothers me to see them doing political posturing at the same time.
So, let's keep our cool and our perspective and continue to build friendships with people who aren't just like us. And please, no more hate.