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Sep 28, 2001 02:06 PM
by Eldon B Tucker


I think this shows us to be careful with our sources
of information. People will misrepresent things in
order to manipulate others. Apparently, the truth is
unimportant. What's important to these people is that
they evoke the desired emotions and behaviors in their

We need to know if our sources of information are
highly biased. Then we can take into account the
distortion present in their ideas, as we consider
what they say. That's why, for instance, it's important
to know a theosophical author and his or her background.
When something is presented anonymously and we don't
know the person writing it, we cannot take into account
their personal slant and we have a harder time gauging
what is accurate in what they say.

The bias is something we can be aware of and can
take into account in honest people. These are
people who speak what they think, never misrepresenting
things, lying, and intentionally misleading others in
order to achieve some monetary, religious, or political
end. They put truth and openness first. They respect
the integrity of others, not deceiving and manipulating

I'd say it's best to avoid anyone that puts their
personal agenda first, treating others as mere pawns in
their game. If I'm going to read and study something,
I want it to be what someone really knows and believes,
something honestly shared. I don't want to wade through
untrustworthy materials that are cunningly crafted to
mislead and manipulate me into someone else's plan of

From what I've seen in the article you've quoted below,
I have little trust for Chomsky's rhetoric. All I can
say about it is that hatred and dark suspicions feed
upon themselves and grow, cancer-like, without regard
for how things actually are. Perhaps he's clouded his
mind in such, and cannot see through the fog?

These suspicions show up in many forms. Fanatical
Christians may see their devil behind plots to destroy
their church. Others see communists plotting to take
over the country, hiding in every corner. Theosophists
may see evil adepts behind plots to destroy the world
spiritually. Others see monstrous evil behind the
American nation and its rulership. And more may see
the entire western civilization as an enemy to Islam
that must be totally destroyed, regardless of the loss
of life.

In all these cases, we may have people not wanting
actual factual feedback from the people they perceive
as "bad". Rather, they want events and information
that reinforces their existing believes. What they're
doing is painting the world a certain way, the way
*they want things to be*, and avoiding finding out
*the way things really are*. That's fine as long as
people peacefully coexist. It gets to be a problem when
have kill you, imprison you, take your possessions,
forcefully indoctrinate you in their ideology, etc.

I'd recommend sticking to honest sources of
information and staying far away from fanatics
who'd hurt you. I'd only be for taking action against
them when they get really dangerous, like when they're
a threat to the lives of others. In this group, I'd
see Bin Laden's terrorism. If the death toll has moved
from 500 to 5000 and is now headed towards 50,000 and
500,000, I'd like to see it stop *now*, not after
something even worse happens. I'd hate to wake up some
morning to find half of Los Angeles dead, and would
find little comfort in someone's political claim that
"America deserved it."

At 03:19 PM 9/28/01 -0400, you wrote: wrote:

> (For those of another mindset, just close your eyes and dump this
> in the trash.:-)

I'll say the same here, for the opposing view, Len and friends -

Regards, Michele

The Sick Mind of Noam Chomsky | September 26, 2001

WITHOUT QUESTION, the most devious, the most dishonest and -- in this
hour of his nation's grave crisis ­ the most treacherous intellect in
America belongs to MIT professor Noam Chomsky. On the 150 campuses that
have mounted "teach-ins" and rallies against America's right to defend
herself; on the streets of Genoa
and Seattle where "anti-globalist" anarchists have attacked the symbols
of markets and world trade; among the demonstrators at Vieques who wish
to deny our military its training grounds; and wherever young people
manifest an otherwise incomprehensible rage against their country, the
inspirer of their loathing and the
instructor of their hate is most likely this man.

There are many who ask how it is possible that our most privileged and
educated youth should come to despise their own nation ­ a free, open,
democratic society ­ and to do so with such ferocious passion. They ask
how it is possible for American youth to even consider lending comfort
and aid to the Osama bin Ladens and the Saddam Husseins (and the
Communists before them). A full answer would involve a search of the
deep structures of the human psyche, and its irrepressible longings for
a redemptive illusion. But the short answer is to be found in the
speeches and writings of an embittered academic and his intellectual

For forty years, Noam Chomsky has turned out book after book, pamphlet
after pamphlet and speech after speech with one message, and one message
alone: America is the Great Satan; it is the fount of evil in the world.
In Chomsky's demented universe, America is responsible not only for its
own bad deeds, but for the
bad deeds of others, including those of the terrorists who struck the
World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In this attitude he is the medium
for all those who now search the ruins of Manhattan not for the victims
and the American dead, but for the "root causes" of the catastrophe that
befell them.

One little pamphlet of Chomsky's ­ What Uncle Sam Really Wants ­ has
already sold 160,000 copies (1), but this represents only the tip of the
Chomsky iceberg. His venomous message is spread on tapes and CDs, and
the campus lecture circuit; he is promoted at rock concerts by superstar
bands such as Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, and U-2 (whose lead
singer Bono called Chomsky a "rebel without a pause"). He is the icon of
Hollywood stars like Matt Damon whose genius character in the Academy
Award-winning film Good Will Hunting is made to invoke Chomsky as the
go-to authority for political insight.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Noam Chomsky is "the most often cited
living author. Among intellectual luminaries of all eras, Chomsky placed
eighth, just behind Plato and Sigmund Freud." On the Web, there are more
chat room references to Noam Chomsky than to Vice President Dick Cheney
and 10 times as many as there are to Democratic congressional leaders
Richard Gephardt and Tom Daschle. This is because Chomsky is also the
political mentor of the academic left, the legions of Sixties radicals
who have entrenched themselves in American universities to indoctrinate
students in their anti-American creeds. The New York Times calls Chomsky
"arguably the most important intellectual alive," and Rolling Stone ­
which otherwise does not even acknowledge the realm of the mind ­ "one
of the most respected and influential intellectuals in the world."(2)

In fact, Chomsky's influence is best understood not as that of an
intellectual figure, but as the leader of a secular religious cult ­ as
the ayatollah of anti-American hate. This cultic resonance is recognized
by his followers. His most important devotee, David Barsamian, is an
obscure public radio producer on KGNU in Boulder
Colorado, who has created a library of Chomsky screeds on tape from
interviews he conducted with the master, and has converted them into
pamphlets and books as well. In the introduction to one such offering,
Barsamian describes Chomsky's power over his disciples: "Although
decidedly secular, he is for many of us our rabbi, our preacher, our
rinpoche, our pundit, our imam, our sensei."(3)

The theology that Chomsky preaches is Manichean, with America as its
evil principle. For Chomsky no evil however great can exceed that of
America, and America is also the cause of evil in others. This is the
key to the mystery of September 11: The devil made them do it. In every
one of the 150 shameful demonstrations that
took place on America's campuses on September 20, these were the twin
themes of those who agitated to prevent America from taking up arms in
her self-defense: America is responsible for the "root causes" of this
criminal attack; America has done worse to others.

In his first statement on the terrorist attack, Chomsky's response to
Osama bin Laden's calculated strike on a building containing 50,000
innocent human beings was to eclipse it with an even greater atrocity he
was confident he could attribute to former president Bill Clinton.
Chomsky's infamous September 12 statement "On the
Bombings" began:

The terrorist attacks were major atrocities. In scale they may
not reach the level of many others, for example, Clinton's bombing of
the Sudan with no credible pretext, destroying half its pharmaceutical
supplies and killing unknown numbers of people (no one knows, because
the US blocked an inquiry at the UN and no one cares to pursue it).(4)

Observe the syntax. The opening reference to the actual attacks is
clipped and bloodless, a kind of rhetorical throat clearing for Chomsky
to get out of the way, so that he can announce the real subject of his
concern ­ America's crimes. The accusation against Clinton is even
slipped into the text, weasel fashion, as though it
were a modifier, when it is actually the substantive message itself. It
is a message that says: Look away, America, from the injury that has
been done to you, and contemplate the injuries you have done to them. It
is in this sleight of hand that Chomsky reveals his true gift, which is
to make the victim, America, appear as an
even more heinous perpetrator than the criminal himself. However bad
this may seem, you have done worse.

In point of fact ­ and just for the record ­ however ill-conceived Bill
Clinton's decision to launch a missile into the Sudan, it was not
remotely comparable to the World Trade Center massacre. It was, in its
very design, precisely the opposite ­ a defensive response that
attempted to minimize casualties. Clinton's missile was
launched in reaction to the blowing up of two of our African embassies,
the murder of hundreds of innocent people and the injury to thousands,
mostly African civilians. It was designed with every precaution possible
to prevent the loss of innocent life. The missile was fired at night, so
that no one would be in the building
when it was hit. The target was selected because the best information
available indicated it was not a pharmaceutical factory, but a factory
producing biological weapons. Chomsky's use of this incident to diminish
the monstrosity of the terrorist attack is a typical Chomsky maneuver,
an accurate measure of his instinctive
mendacity, and an index of the anti-American dementia, which infuses
everything he writes and says.

This same psychotic hatred shapes the "historical" perspective he
offered to his disciples in an interview conducted a few days after the
World Trade Center bombing. It was intended to present America as the
devil incarnate ­ and therefore a worthy target of attack for the
guerilla forces of "social justice" all over the world. This was the
first time America itself ­ or as Chomsky put it the "national
territory" ­ had been attacked since the War of 1812. Pearl Harbor
doesn't count in Chomsky's calculus because Hawaii was a "colony" at the
time. The fact that it was a benignly run colony and that it is now a
proud state of the Union counts for nothing, of course, in Chomsky's

During these years [i.e., between 1812 and 1941], the US
annihilated the indigenous population (millions of people), conquered
half of Mexico, intervened violently in the surrounding region,
conquered Hawaii and the Philippines (killing hundreds of thousands of
Filipinos), and in the past half century particularly, extended its
resort to force throughout much of the world. The number of victims is
colossal. For the first time, the guns have been directed the other way.
That is a dramatic change.(5)

Listening to Chomsky, you can almost feel the justice of Osama bin
Laden's strike on the World Trade Center.

If you were one of the hundreds of thousands of young people who had
been exposed to his propaganda ­ and the equally vile teachings of his
academic disciples ­ you too would be able to extend your outrage
against America into the present.

According to Chomsky, in the first battle of the postwar struggle with
the Soviet Empire, "the United States was picking up where the Nazis had
left off."

According to Chomsky, during the Cold War, American operations
behind the Iron Curtain included "a 'secret army' under US-Nazi auspices
that sought to provide agents and military supplies to armies that had
been established by Hitler and which were still operating inside the
Soviet Union and Eastern Europe through the early 1950s."

According to Chomsky, in Latin America during the Cold War,
U.S. support for legitimate governments against Communist subversion led
to US complicity under John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, in "the
methods of Heinrich Himmler's extermination squads."

According to Chomsky, there is "a close correlation worldwide
between torture and U.S. aid."

According to Chomsky, America "invaded" Vietnam to slaughter
its people, and even after America left in 1975, under Jimmy Carter and
Ronald Reagan, "the major policy goal of the US has been to maximize
repression and suffering in the countries that were devastated by our
violence. The degree of the cruelty is quite astonishing." (6)

According to Chomsky, "the pretext for Washington's terrorist
wars [i.e., in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Chile, Guatemala, Iraq, etc.] was
self-defense, the standard official justification for just about any
monstrous act, even the Nazi Holocaust." (7)

In sum, according to Chomsky, "legally speaking, there's a
very solid case for impeaching every American president since the Second
World War. They've all been either outright war criminals or involved in
serious war crimes."(8)

What decent, caring human being would not want to see America and its
war criminals brought to justice?

According to Chomsky, what America really wants is to steal from the
poor and give to the rich. America's crusade against Communism was
actually a crusade "to protect our doctrine that the rich should plunder
the poor."(9) That is why we busied ourselves in launching a new crusade
against terrorism after the end of the Cold

Of course, the end of the Cold War brings its problems too. Notably, the
technique for controlling the domestic population has had to shift… New
enemies have to be invented. It becomes hard to disguise the fact that
the real enemy has always been 'the poor who seek to plunder the rich' ­
in particular, Third World miscreants who seek to break out of the
service role.(10)

According to Chomsky, America is afraid of the success of Third World
countries and does not want them to succeed on their own. Those who
threaten to succeed like the Marxist governments of North Vietnam,
Nicaragua and Grenada America regards as viruses. According to Chomsky,
during the Cold War, "except for a few madmen and nitwits, none feared
[Communist] conquest ­ they were afraid of a positive example of
successful development. "What do you do when you have a virus? First you
destroy it, then you inoculate potential victims, so that the disease
does not spread. That's basically the US strategy in the Third

No wonder they want to bomb us.

Schooled in these big lies, taught to see America as Greed Incarnate and
a political twin of the Third Reich, why wouldn't young people ­ with no
historical memory ­ come to believe that the danger ahead lies in
Washington rather than Baghdad or Kabul?

It would be easy to demonstrate how on every page of every book and in
every statement that Chomsky has written the facts are twisted, the
political context is distorted (and often inverted) and the historical
record is systematically traduced. Every piece of evidence and every
analysis is subordinated to the overweening
purpose of Chomsky's lifework, which is to justify an idée fixe ­ his
pathological hatred of his own country.

It would take volumes, however, to do this and there really is no need.
Because every Chomsky argument exists to serve this end, a fact
transparent in each offensive and preposterous claim he makes. Hence,
the invidious comparison of Clinton's misguided missile and the
monstrous World Trade Center attack.

In fact the Trade Center and the Pentagon targets of the terrorists
present a real political problem for American leftists, like Chomsky,
who know better than to celebrate an event that is the almost
predictable realization of their agitations and their dreams. The
destroyed buildings are the very symbols of the American empire
with which they have been at war for fifty years. In a memoir published
on the eve of the attack, the 60s American terrorist Bill Ayers recorded
his joy at striking one of these very targets: "Everything was
absolutely ideal on the day I bombed the Pentagon. The sky was blue. The
birds were singing. And the bastards were finally going to get what was
coming to them."(12) In the wake of September 11, Ayers ­ a
"Distinguished Professor of Education[!] at the University of Illinois ­
had to feverishly backtrack and explain that these revealing sentiments
of an "anti-war" leftist do not mean what they obviously do. Claiming to
be "filled with horror and
grief," Ayers attempted to reinterpret his terrorist years as an effort
to explore his own struggle with "the intricate relationships between
social justice, commitment and resistance."(13)

Chomsky is so much Ayers' superior at the lie direct that he works the
same denial into his account of the World Trade Center bombing itself.
Consider first the fact that the Trade Center is the very symbol of
American capitalism and "globalization" that Chomsky and his radical
comrades despise. It is Wall Street, its twin towers
filled on that fateful day with bankers, brokers, international traders,
and corporate lawyers ­ the hated men and women of the "ruling class,"
who ­ according to Chomsky ­ run the global order. The twin towers are
the palace of the Great Satan himself. They are the belly of the beast,
the object of Chomsky's lifelong righteous wrath. But he is too clever
and too cowardly to admit it. He knows that, in the hour of the nation's
grief, the fact itself is a third rail he must avoid. And so he
dismisses the very meaning of the terrorists' target in these words:

The primary victims, as usual, were working people: janitors,
secretaries, firemen, etc. It is likely to be a crushing blow to
Palestinians and other poor and oppressed people.

Chomsky's deception which attempts to erase the victims who were not
merely "janitors, secretaries, firemen, etc.," tells us more than we
might care to know about his own standard of human concern.

That concern is exclusively reserved for the revolutionary forces of his
Manichean vision, the Third World oppressed by American evil. Chomsky's
message to his disciples in this country, the young on our college
campuses, the radicals in our streets, the moles in our government
offices, is a message of action and therefore
needs to be attended to, even by those who will never read his rancid
works. To those who believe his words of hate, Chomsky has this

The people of the Third World need our sympathetic understanding and,
much more than that, they need our help. We can provide them with a
margin of survival by internal disruption in the United States. Whether
they can succeed against the kind of brutality we impose on them depends
in large part on what happens here.(14)

This is the voice of the Fifth Column left. Disruption in this country
is what the terrorists want, and what the terrorists need, and what the
followers of Noam Chomsky intend to give them.

In his address before Congress on September 19, President Bush reminded
us: "We have seen their kind before. They are the heirs of all the
murderous ideologies of the 20th century. By sacrificing human life to
serve their radical visions, by abandoning every value except the will
to power, they follw in the path of fascism,
Nazism and totalitarianism. And they will follow that path all the way
to where it ends in history's unmarked grave of discarded lies."

President Bush was talking about the terrorists and their sponsors
abroad. But he might just as well have been talking about their fifth
column allies at home.

It's time for Americans who love their country to stand up, and defend

(1)Noam Chomsky, What Uncle Sam Really Wants, Tucson, 1986 (interviews
with David Barsamian)


(3)Noam Chomsky, Propaganda and the Public Mind, Interviews by David
Barsamian, Cambridge, 2001 p. x. In the endpapers of this volume the NY
Times is quoted praising Chomsky
as "an exploder of received truths." The Guardian (London): "One of the
radical heroes of our age…A towering intellect…" The Times Literary
Supplement: "Chomsky's work … has
some of the qualities of Revelations, the Old Testament prophets and

(4)Available at

(5)Interview, September 19, 2001.

(6)What Uncle Sam Really Wants, pp. 8, 18, 29, 31, 32, 56-58

(7)Chomsky, Profit Over People, NY 1999, p. 102

(8)What Uncle Sam Really Wants, p. 32

(9)Ibid. p. 79

(10)Ibid. pp. 82

(11)Ibid. pp. 56-7

(12)Bill Ayers, Fugitive Days, NY 2001, p. 256

(13)Statement on the publisher's website,

(14)What Uncle Sam Really Wants, p. 100

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