Test Tube Zealots
The American Chemical Society Terminates
the Membership of Chemists from Iran
possibly bring Yanks some comfort to know that this irrational
vindictive ACS action on behalf of extremists in the USA govt is not
unprecedented. When a nation is being persistently annoyed by an
enemy (pro tem), highly irrational 'vengeance' is sometimes
observed. One of the most shameful in my country's history was
in W1 - a special Act of Parliament purged from his chair
at my alma mater the much-respected professor von Zedlitz, tho' he was
not accused of any sympathy with the enemy.
may be of some comfort is that in W2 some enemy aliens were allowed to
remain at large because they were good farmers. I know two of
them - 'Freddie' Hoffmann and Kurt Brehmer. They had
to report to the police from time to time, and were I think not fully
free to travel, but they weren't locked up as were a mixture of other
enemy aliens. Hoffmann & his brother tried to join the Home
Guard in their own farming district (Karaka) but were rejected by the
local commander; they then joined the neighbouring Drury Home
we could move from crazy "racist" victimisation to a
reasonable policy (arguably a slightly risky one), the ACS might in
time become more reasonable. Lean on them!!
glad to see UCS active against the punitive irrationality. Their
founder Henry Kendall pioneered zero-defects technical criticism of
nuclear power, and of nuclear weapons (which he'd earlier helped with
in the Jason group - always allow people to reform!).
UCS does not exist for primarily ideological reasons, but is
nonetheless worthy of support.