Mr. Ajami believes that Anti-Americanism indulges France’s fantasy of past greatness and splendor and gives France’s unwanted Muslim children a claim on the political life of a country that knows not what to do with them. As to many in the Middle East, I tend to agree with his sentiments: “These are people who are envious. To them, life is an unbearable burden. Modernism is the only way out. But modernism is frightening. It means we have to compete. It means we can’t explain everything away with conspiracy theories. In this, he quotes Bernard Shaw regarding the preface to ‘St. Joan,’ he said “Joan of Arc was burned not for any reason except that she was talented. Talent gives rise to jealousy in the hearts of the untalented.” For those who cling to Anti-Americanism as a means of understanding this hate – I would simply ask you this, why do you use hate to understand hate? Perhaps its true – when reasoning with this ilk, I must use another scale.