TAKE IT AWAY, NOAM CHOMSKY: Jonah Goldberg on Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called “20th hijacker”:
For those of us suffering from “terrorism fatigue,” it would have been easy to miss or dismiss the latest news about Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called “20th hijacker.” Moussaoui gave an eye-opening speech in federal court on April 23, in which he tried to fire his lawyers. It was eye-opening, that is, for people willing to open their eyes.
In his 50-minute peroration, Moussaoui explained that he prayed for the “destruction of the Jewish people and state.” Note: that’s both the destruction of the Jewish people and the destruction of the Jewish state.
But if you’re saying, well at least I’m not Jewish, hold on a second. He also prays for “the destruction of Russia and … the destruction of the United States of America” and for Muslims to regain control of Spain and Chechnya and to conquer India. In short, Moussaoui has a very comprehensive land-for-peace plan.
Read the whole piece–and then just shake your head and laugh when someone says “if only we understood them better”, “give peace a chance” or other Kumbaya silliness.