Lesser breeds, without the law

What else can you call people who support war crimes as long as the criminal is one of their own?

So the Arab League summit decided to stand foursquare behind war criminal Omar al-Bashir.

Isn’t it amazing how some groups of people are prepared to support unspeakable behavior as long as it’s committed by one of their own? No doubt it’s cultural rather than genetic, but it’s hard to deny that we’re dealing with a substandard grade of human being here. The excuses are completely predictable: He didn’t do it, and if he did it it wasn’t really that bad, and even if it was, other people have done stuff and gotten away with it so it’s NOT FAIR, and anyway it’s more important to worry about the future than to judge the past.


I know people will call me racist for saying it, but sometimes I think Arabs are really no better than Republicans.


Yes, dammit, that’s a joke, and the punchline is “Republicans.”

Just imagine your favorite dittohead nodding in agreement … until he gets to the last word.

[By the way, when Kipling wrote of “lesser breeds, without the law” he was thinking of Germans, not the peoples he thought of as “natives.”]

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com