A surprising number of people have responded to the bloody slaughter in Paris by saying we shouldn’t have riled them up. “I don’t condone murder,” the argument goes, “but it’s wrong to provoke people by insulting their religion.”
So, what about the slaughter of Jewish shoppers in the kosher supermarket? What did the Jews do to rile them up?
Well, some people know. Gaza, etc. Nothing justifies the slaughter of innocent civilians, of course, but Israel’s atrocities are also a provocation.
In fact, for large parts of the world, Israel’s very existence is a provocation. And for Islamists, killing Jews is God’s work.