A beheading by an Islamic adherent in America cannot coherently be recast as ‘workplace violence.’ To do so is to deny a critical lesson of the Holocaust.
One often hears of “the lessons of the Holocaust.” Usually this is taken to indicate the need to counter hate, however minimally manifest, lest it grow into a monster, just as Hitler, originally a marginal figure, grew into a monster.
But there are other lessons, quite pertinent to the hate that we find in the world today. One of these lessons is that a Nazi is a Nazi. By which we mean: