Sep 08 2007
The intellectual left throughout the entire Western world must be having a rough day.
Coming on the heels of petrol-powered socialist crusader and Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez’ recent praise of Chomsky’s intellectual heft, Osama’s statement pretty much cripples the intellectual left at a stroke. After all, once you’ve got the world’s most famous terrorist thug proudly in your corner, it’s probably time to give up the university lecture circuit.
All those who continue to cite Chomsky’s work to critique US involvement in the world are now suspect, tainted by Osama’s poison handshake.
Of course, Chomsky and his fans (many of whom can be found right here in Vancouver – the left coast) are no doubt disgusted by the announcement of Osama’s seal of approval; the American-born critic has stated that despite its foreign policy failings, its democracy and freedoms help it to remain the greatest country in the world. And while Chomsky critiques American military involvement overseas, he has stated clearly in his books that terrorism such as the 9/11 attacks ought to be condemned in the most extreme terms.
The problem is, many fans of Chomsky absorb only the professor’s well-constructed criticism of US and Western policy. They purposefully ignore Chomsky’s appreciation of US achievements and his hopes for his homeland to one day rise again to its full potential as a bastion of freedom and human rights.
Just for the record, Osama – Chomsky is Jewish. Ouch.