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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

In his New York Times op-ed last week, Rushdie complained that political courage is “almost always ambiguous,” and that those who stand against abuses of power or dogma are viewed suspiciously. Chinese dissidents are deemed subversive by the state’s Communist leaders and are imprisoned; critics of Putin in Russia like the women’s band “Pussy Riot” are sentenced to prison terms and are viewed as improper by the Russian public; and a Pakistani governor who defends a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy ends up murdered by his own security guards.

His examples are correct, and telling. Rushdie must identify with the plight of a Saudi poet and journalist who, he reports, tweeted something about Muhammad not liked by religious leaders in his country and, as a result, was imprisoned. But then, Rushdie writes the following, and it deserves letting you see his own words, because they are so preposterous:

America isn’t immune from this trend. The young activists of the Occupy movement have been much maligned (though, after their highly effective relief work in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, those criticisms have become a little muted). Out-of-step intellectuals like Noam Chomsky and the deceased Edward Said have often been dismissed as crazy extremists, “anti-American,” and in Mr. Said’s case even, absurdly, as apologists for Palestinian “terrorism.” (One may disagree with Mr. Chomsky’s critiques of America 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. One may not be pro-Palestinian, but one should be able to see that Mr. Said stood up against Yasser Arafat as eloquently as he criticized the United States.)

Let us take up his two major points. Occupy Wall Street protestors were handled by the authorities with kid gloves. When they took over the park in New York City over a year ago, although it was privately owned, they were allowed to camp out, disrupt and close down local businesses, and engage in anti-social and horrendous behavior — from public defecation to rape of women — without consequences.  Rushdie mentioned Occupy for one reason alone: to show his heart is on the Left so that he can get his comrades in that camp to listen to him about how Islamists persecute those they disdain.

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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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