Noam Chomsky Shamefully Defends bin Laden

Wednesday, 11 May 2011 04:09 PM

By Alan Dershowitz

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Noam Chomsky has shown his true colors in his recently published “reaction” to the targeted killing of Osama bin Laden. He apparently thinks Osama bin Laden is the innocent victim of a cold-blooded murder that is worse than if George W. Bush were to be assassinated in his “compound.”

He doesn’t believe bin Laden’s own admission of complicity in the murder of 3,000 people on 9/11, writing in a magazine called Guernica  ("My Reaction to Osama bin Laden’s Death," May 6, 2011) that it is about as credible as Chomsky’s “confession that I won the Boston Marathon.” Nor does he believe the evidence gathered by the 9/11 Commission, the grand jury that indicted bin Laden, the numerous confessions and claims of responsibility by al-Qaida operatives, and the video showing those who flew the planes in the presence of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri.

He believes there is absolutely no “evidence” — “nothing serious” — that bin Laden played any role in 9/11. He also accuses Obama of “simply lying when he said, in his White House statement, that ‘we quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al-Qaida.’” To avoid any appearance of partisanship and to show that he is an equal opportunity despiser of all American presidents, he writes that “uncontraversially” President Bush’s “crimes vastly exceed bin Laden’s.”

If bin Laden and al-Qaida were not responsible for 9/11, who was? The United States? The Zionists? Maybe it never happened at all, as some hard left “intellectuals” have claimed. After all, Chomsky is agnostic with regard to the Nazi Holocaust and believes that Holocaust denial is not anti-Semitic.

Writing in defense of Holocaust denier Robert Faurisson’s claim that the so-called Holocaust was a fraud perpetrated by the Jewish people, Chomsky assured his readers that “nobody believes there is an anti-Semitic connotation to the denial of the Holocaust . . . whether one believes it took place or not.” Chomsky is himself guilty of genocide-denial, having assured his readers (at the height of the Cambodian genocide) that the Khmer Rouge — which he admired — was being falsely accused of mass murder.

The real question is why any reasonable person pays any attention to the ignorant rants of this America-hater, Israel-basher and conspiracy theorist. I can understand why Osama bin Laden himself was, according to The Wall Street Journal, “a fan of Noam Chomsky.” Bin Laden said that “Chomsky was correct when he compared U.S. policies to the Mafia.” (See, bin Laden wasn’t an anti-Semite after all, since he liked at least one Jew, though he named one of his daughters Safiyah after Muhammad’s aunt, because, he proclaimed, “Safiyah killed Jews.”)

I can even understand why radical anti-American zealots like Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro admire him. But he has been described on his own book jacket as “arguably the most important intellectual alive.” He has also been called the most influential academic in the world. What does this say about today’s consumers of intellectual and academic wares?

I have debated Chomsky on several occasions and have found that he simply makes up facts and then characterizes them as “uncontroversial.” This tactic works with sycophantic college audiences on the hard left, but for anyone who bothers to check “Chomsky facts,” as his critics aptly dub them, will find that the source is often conspiratorial websites and hate propaganda. “Chomsky facts” bear little relationship to real facts, except on “Planet Chomsky,” where a different reality governs.

The time has come to dump Noam Chomsky into the wastebasket of history. He has been proved wrong — factually, morally, politically and in every other way — by the verdict of history. He was wrong about the Nazi Holocaust, the communist genocides, the “peaceful” intentions of Hezbollah, and the alleged “war criminality” of every American president in recent memory.

Bret Stephens of The Wall Street Journal correctly characterized Chomsky as “a two-nickel crank” with “paranoid notions of American policy.” Christopher Hitchens has called him a charter member of the “paranoid anti-war ‘left’” who believes that “America is an incarnation of the Third Reich that doesn’t even conceal its genocidal methods and aspirations.”

Chomsky has no credibility among serious people who care about truth. He would be a joke if he were not so influential among the unthinking hard left and the anti-intellectual academics who propagandize their naïve students to move to planet Chomsky, where they can live their paranoid lives devoid of any contact with the reality of planet earth. Nor would he have any credibility on political issues were he not a famous linguist — famous despite his absurd semantic claim that there is no “anti-Semitic connotation” to denying the Holocaust and calling it a fraud perpetrated on the world by the Jews!

Even if his linguistic accomplishments were not controversial, they would not qualify him as a guru on the political, legal and military matters on which he regularly opines.

Chomsky will continue to hurt America and decent values so long as his political rants continue to be taken seriously by some of the intellectual elite who help to manufacture consent and create the illusion of credibility on the part of a hateful crackpot.

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