No matter what cause one defends, it will suffer permanent disgrace if one resorts to blind attacks on crowds of innocent people in which the killer knows in advance that he will kill women and children.
Innocence is its own Defence.
I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.
Anyway, the whole purpose of what I just said was to put you on the defensive.
A famous writer who wants to continue writing has to be constantly defending himself against fame.