In the middle of extricating myself from an out-of-control "debate" with an anti-Western America-hating extremist who was a Westerner herself, I realized--though not for the first time--that she and all other extremist ideologues are no worse than their ideological opposition. We were talking about Pat Robertson's idiotic comments concerning Haiti, and the discussion snowballed from there. I had to ask myself "Is she any worse than people like Roberston?" It's no wonder that extreme reactionism breeds more extreme reactionism.
This doesn't excuse it, mind you. Only explains it.