editorial declared, "We feel regret, but no shame. . ." Now we have these comments from editor-in-chief Martin Peretz:
But, frankly, Muslim life is cheap, most notably to Muslims. And among those Muslims led by the Imam Rauf [of the Islamic center near ground zero project] there is hardly one who has raised a fuss about the routine and random bloodshed that defines their brotherhood. So, yes, I wonder whether I need honor these people and pretend that they are worthy of the privileges of the First Amendment which I have in my gut the sense that they will abuse.
The New Republic has some fine writers, but what can be concluded about a magazine under the editorship of someone who harbors such racist, intolerant sentiments?