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The Fruits of Rage, Part I

by Richard L. Rubenstein (March 2009)

(An excerpt from Richard L. Rubenstein's upcoming book tentatively titled, Jihad and Genocide.)
 
Sheer rage has become an important element in the behavior of a sizeable number of Muslims toward non-Muslims, especially but by no means only Jews.  Rage itself has been characterized as a “shame-based expression of anger.”[i] To experience shame, a person must compare his actions with some standard, either his own or another’s, and he must regard himself as having failed to meet that standard. Shame is the product of the very self that it condemns.[ii] In those societies in which the military caste enjoys dominant status, defeat in war can result in shame so painful that death is deemed preferable. more>>>