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RE: Theos-World Fwd: Chomsky and Farrakhan responses to WTC911

Sep 28, 2001 08:30 PM
by nos

That was aload of nationalistic diatribe. If the Right is 'right' then
'god' help us all.

Bet dad's got you well indoctrinated hey Mishy?

Good luck hunting


-----Original Message-----
From: Michele Lidofsky [] 
Sent: Saturday, 29 September 2001 4:49 AM
Subject: Re: Theos-World Fwd: Chomsky and Farrakhan responses to WTC911 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 supporters. 

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 

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 eyes.

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 it.  

(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 Blake."

(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

David Horowitz is editor-in-chief of and 
president of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture.


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