Nazis

By Jeffrey Goldberg

I'm having a Twitter debate with Jamie Kirchick (I'm at @goldberg3000, in case you have nothing better to do with your time) about whether or not Nazis are worse than Islamic jihadists. This started with my tweeted observation that one of the only things I like less than jihadists is Nazis. Jamie seems to be arguing that the threat from Islamism is as great as the threat from the Nazis once was. I tend to think that Nazis, in the Jewish martyrology, stand alone, and should stand alone.

All this was brought up by the allegation, just developing now, that the shootings in France were conducted by some sort of neo-Nazi posse. It's too early to comment on this with any surety, but it's quite unbelievable to think of France as a place still home to murderous Nazis. On the other hand, where did Herzl first have his revelation that Europe wasn't a healthy place for Jews?

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