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    #1

    If only because

    1. Some of the rallies were violent, if only because of the resentment.
    2. Some of the rallies were violent, only because of the resentment.

    What's the subtle difference between the two sentences? Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: If only because

    The first seems to excuse the violence more to me.

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