Almost Quotomatic

compassion as contempt

Why do Rose and his acolytes not fulminate against Syria and call for a boycott of a government that has, after all, killed many more Arabs than Israel ever has? The first reason, no doubt, is that a boycott of Syrian science would not require much in the way of positive activity: Syrian science is self-boycotting, as it were. The second reason—a more important one—is contempt for the Arabs masquerading as sympathy for them. They are not to be held to the same standards of conduct as the Israelis, because they are—well, Arabs—and everyone knows that you can’t expect an Arab government to refrain from massacring its own people, let alone to be democratic and to expose itself to regular elections that it might actually lose. - Theodore Dalrymple

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