In 1984 George Orwell said
“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command. His heart sank as he thought of the enormous power arrayed against him, the ease with which any Party intellectual would overthrow him in debate, the subtle arguments which he would not be able to understand, much less answer. And yet he was in the right! They were wrong and he was right. The obvious, the silly, and the true had got to be defended. Truisms are true, hold on to that!.
At the end of World War II with the world in tatters and many wondering how the world could be rebuilt. Many people indeed highly intelligent people on the continent of
Look at Israel-Palestine with a litany of civil rights abuses on both sides.
But the two sides of the argument will over look all these factors because it does not fit in with there intellectual view. The Palestinian cause is taken up by the champions of the under-dogs, the believers in self-determination and the Israeli cause is taken up by the champions of the right to security and safety. Both sides will gloss over the horrors caused by their side to justify their political philosophy even when it means going against the very things they love.
As detailed by Paul Berman in the excellent Terror and Liberalism many of the Anti-War socialist in France prior World War II were so committed to being against the horrors of war and the liberal belief that people most be good that they eventually abandoned socialism and liberalism to side with Hitler.
Same to with the people on the Israel-Palestine debate. People can be so forthright in their belief in the right of self-determination for the Palestinian people, the right to a Palestinian state, that they ignore that many Palestinians want to deny
If you support Hamas you can not over look suicide bombings. You can use examples when you are debating the issue of how they are charitable and less corrupt then the other crowd but if you can not include support for suicide bombing in your support for them then can you really support them. Suicide bombings and anti-Semitism come as part of the Hamas package they can’t not be treated as anomalies to your beliefs.
Same can be said for Sinn Fein here in
There is a reason I am a scientist. I believe that things must be proven beyond doubt that you can’t simply ignore a result of an experiment if it doesn’t fit with you thesis. If it doesn’t fit with your thesis then your thesis is wrong and needs to be amended to fit the true nature of the experiment. Same too with political ideologies if aspects of views violate your beliefs then your views need to be changed.