The United States is not yet so bad as France where, a few years back, Muslim thugs burning cars all over their country were called simply nameless "youths" (les jeunes), as in "boys will be boys," making all their mayhem just a — perhaps oversized — version of fraternity hijinks.

But we are getting there.

Here our political and media leaders take a more psychoanalytic tack, defining those who do violence to us as unfortunate neurotics unable to fit in — misunderstood failures ill-equipped to adapt to our fast-paced, licentious lifestyle.

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