Essay: The Anatomy of Hate

The international conference on hate seemed a bravely ambitious proposition. Elie Wiesel's idea was to assemble the forces of charisma and rationality in Oslo, to focus their light for three days, and thus force the darkness to recede a little.

It was Wiesel's moral authority that brought together Vaclav Havel and Nelson Mandela; Jimmy Carter and Francois Mitterrand; the authors Gunter Grass and Nadine Gordimer; Chai Ling and Li Lu, leaders of the democracy movement in Tiananmen Square -- an astonishing collection of Nobel prizewinners, professors, rectors, saints. A man could not make his way through the SAS Scandinavia Hotel in...

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