They're "murderous. grotesque, (and) can't even run a post office." Their societies "have gone bonkers over jihad, (and they're) feigning outrage when they protest what they call American (or) Israeli atrocities." They "behave like lemmings, (and) are not shocked at all by what in truth must seem to them not atrocious at all."
"I can't imagine any venture requiring trust with Arabs turning out especially well. That is, you will say my prejudice, but some prejudices are built on real facts, and history generally proves me right. Go ahead, prove me wrong."
He not only wrong, he's bigoted and ideologically out-of-control supporting wrong over right. He's also too morally tarnished to admit it.
"Muslim life is cheap, most notably to Muslims. And among those Muslims led by the Imam Rauf [leader of those seeking to create the Muslim religious center near ground zero] 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."
Criticizing him is easy. Turn him loose and let him hang himself. Yet for decades, he's gotten away with hawkish bigotry. Now in his seventies, he's as irascibly Islamophobic and uncompromising as ever. Hate defines his being. Truth's airbrushed out. Honor's not in his vocabulary.
Yet, in 1993, Harvard inaugurated the Martin Peretz Chair in Yiddish Literature. Pro-Israeli zealot Ruth Wisse holds the post. Harvard earlier made him an assistant professor. He lectured there for decades. Imagine putting up with his pontificating. After a panel discussion, protesters chanted, "Harvard, Harvard, shame on you, for honoring a racist fool."