It is difficult to think of anything more moreally disgusting and
intellectually bankrupt than to associate a whole people by the actions
of a few. This is racism of the most contemptible sort, not fit for
expression in adult conversation.
I know from reading some of the correspondence between Eliot and Pound
in the 1930s that Eliot fully shared Pound's anti-semitism, but
subscribers on the Pound list have the intelligence and decency to
dissociate themselves sharply from that anti-semitism.
The creepy anti-arab feeling being expressed by some woman on this list
suggests that Eliot's poetry is rather less healthy than Pound's. By the
same logic that this creature makes general conclusions about Arabs from
the activities of a few, one would be justified in concluding that all
Eliot-admirers are contemptible racists, would one not?
The feeling she gives me is nicely mimed in Canto 14:
The slough of unamiable liars,
bog of stupidities,
malevolent stupidities, and stupidities,
the soil living pus, full of vermin,
dead maggots begetting live maggots . . .