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Are Noam Chomsky and Edward Said Anti-American Terrorist Apologists?

The Satanic Verses novelist Salman Rushdie reveals his ignorance and moral confusion.

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Ron Radosh

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May 1, 2013 - 12:30 pm
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Leave it to Salman Rushdie to bring back the Left’s favorite stratagem: moral equivalence. During the Cold War, leftists used to say the following: “Sure, the Soviets are doing bad things, but so is the United States.” Those a bit more to the left would advance the argument, and say: “The Soviets do terrible things, but the U.S. is responsible, since its leaders view them, as Reagan did, as ‘the evil empire.’ Since we won’t accommodate their just demands, they have to respond to us with hostility.” Those even further to the left would push the analogy even further, arguing: “The Soviets may do some bad things, but at least they stand on the side of progressive change. The U.S., on the other hand, oppresses Third World peoples and supports right-wing reactionary regimes all over the world.”

A good example of the old moral equivalence was to equate the Gulag in the Soviet Union, in which hundreds of thousands were imprisoned, starved to death and executed in massive frame-ups, with McCarthyism in the United States. During the so-called McCarthy era, relatively few were imprisoned or lost their livelihoods, and many actually guilty of being actual Soviet agents portrayed themselves as innocents accused because of their political views. Yet the Left in America argued both were the same.

Now Salman Rushdie has a lot to be wary of. After the Iranian revolution, the late Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa along with a reward for anyone who murdered him. Because of his novel The Satanic Verses, Rushdie had to go into hiding in different safe houses for a number of years, while under the protection of the British government. Intellectuals and writers in the West rallied to his defense. Eventually, Rushdie came into the open, moved to the United States, and became a favorite in the celebrity world, as well as a best-selling novelist.

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Please, Mr. Radosh. PLEASE, stop using the terms "left" and "right". They're completely meaningless.

Those you describe as "leftists" are much more accurately described as Statists. And honestly, it really doesn't matter to what degree a Statist one is. It matters more that they reject Liberty, not only for themselves, but more importantly for you.
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Question: "Are Noam Chomsky and Edward Said Anti-American Terrorist Apologists?"

Answer: Is the Pope a Catholic?

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Jeeez, why did I read this article. Must have had my head up and locked.
What a waste of time.
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Wow! What a clear, cogent critique of the article. And here I thought he was making a significant point. Silly me.
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Anti-expansionism has a long history in the US, and foreigners have used this tendency to recruit followers. Herman Melville had a different take on the American Dream and has been criticized for it by leading scholars, not just Chomsky or Said: see http://clarespark.com/2009/09/06/the-hebraic-american-landscape-sublime-or-despotic/.
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The American left is now, and may have always been, a haven for those who crave intellectual validation, political power, celebrity and financial reward. That may be cynical, but one cannot be too cynical when speaking of these astonishingly unremarkable people. If they had the wherewithal to compete with those who achieve success through hard work, intelligence and talent they would have done so instead of corrupting naïve young people with their simplistic anti-Americanisms and vacuous intellectual preening. If you need a ready example of the sort of person I'm describing, look no further than The Oval Office.
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There is a picture of Barack & Michelle sitting at Edward & Mariam Said's table at a 1998 arab community event in Chicago where Said was the keynote speaker. The photo was provided by Ali Abunimal, a well know anti-Israel activist. So I guess Obama admires and agrees with at least one of the subjects of this article.
http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/what-do-you-think-about-an-arab-american-activist-saying-that-obama-is-hiding-anti-israel-stance/question-114538/?link=ibaf&q=arab+american+activist+says+obam+hiding+anti-israel+stance+march+08+
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Thanks for bringing this to my attention Mr. Radosh. Big fan of yours.
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"but it ought still to be possible to recognize the courage it takes to stand up and bellow them into the face of American power. " what clap-trap!

Chomsky has made a living and a reputation by being that "guy" that comes up just a little left of his radically leftist loon peers. He gets lauded for it!

He is nothing more than a semi-literate hack, he gets credibility for having long white hair and ideas so embarrassingly wrong that it's "edgy". I remember reading some of his crap in college, I actually thought it was a joke or an example of Soviet propaganda. Zero intellectual basis for his ideas. If people realized how stupid his ideas are and that Obama adores this guy they would be shocked.
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I take the hundred flower business from Mao, or from C. S. Lewis "If there is wasp in the room you want to know where it is."

I say: let'm woof. It makes the Lefties think they are accomplishing something, and not attempting worse.

When the troubles come within bayonet range, well I am sure that the woofers here will get some surprises: now they are simply too insignif.
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Rushdie, a victim of Islamism, has now joined the Marxist-Islamic Alliance. He doesn't understand that he is fighting to support the people who wanted to kill him for blasphemy.
Strangely, way back in 1989, Midge Decter’s article, “Rushdiad,” in COMMENTARY, included this sentence:, “Salman Rushdie’s supporters more than anything else made it clear that they can no longer understand, no longer even imagine, what it means to blaspheme.”
Decter then, like Rushdie apparently does today, approved of suppressing blasphemy. How cuckoo.
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Dude. McCarthy was right, all you have to do is look at Media, Acadamia, and the Govenrment to know the man was right.
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Noam Chomsky is STILL alive?
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"The evil, even while they live, are called dead".
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I know, he seemed like a zombie 30 years ago in college
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