I'm going to post soon a reasonably close-read of Marty Peretz's thoughts on Islam, but for now, I thought I would just highlight an excerpt from Andrew's very big-hearted understanding of Marty and his various enthusiasms:

Marty is a man of deep passion and such passion, especially on a subject like the Middle East, sometimes leads to irrationality. He is not immune to this, but neither am I at times. Who is? We are all human. And as someone who knows this human being extremely well, I'd like simply to say that in his deepest heart, I believe Marty is a good man who has done good things. He has a real conscience and a history of great kindness, compassion and generosity. I am not the only person whose life would never have spread its wings so soon without him - even as I have come to differ with him as times have changed. And I, for one, hope this latest spark of hate in a very dry tinder box will not distract from the true content of his character, and the endurance of his legacy of intellectual vigor.

And also please read this indispensable piece from Jack Shafer.