The heaviest blow that ever struck humanity was the coming of Christianity.
Adolph Hitler, Table Talk
Hattip to Instapundit. One thing I have learned from a close study of history is that when anti-semites attack Jews, often there are going to be massacres of Christians by the same anti-semitic forces eventually. This report from Paris is therefore ominous on two grounds:
This sounds like a headline from Tzarist Russia in 1910, but in fact it was last week in Paris. A group of anti-Israel demonstrators tried to storm a synagogue, but Jews had their own undercover agents at the protests so they could raise the alarm if any of the protestors started to engage in violence. They did so, and the rioters were beaten back by a combination of “right-wing” Jewish youth groups and communal security. Unlike is Tzarist Russia, the authorities aren’t on the side of the attackers, and they eventually arrived in sufficient numbers to disperse the attackers.
Go here to read the rest at The Volokh Conspiracy. I am often afraid that we are living in a time when these words of George Santayana are ever appropriate: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.