Marginalized and misunderstood

From Andrew Sullivan we learn that French President Jacques Chirac has blocked the issuance by the European Union of a harshly worded statement condemning the anti-semitic remarks of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir. Here’s the AP’s report. AP also notes, not without sympathy, that the Malaysian government is claiming that the Prime Minister was misunderstood. It seems that he was simply appealing for calm and reason on the part of Muslims who feel marginalized by U.S. wars against Muslim states and by Israeli oppression of Palestinians. I guess that explanation is good enough for Jacques Chirac, who probably feels similarly marginalized.

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