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Chomsky and the Terror Masters

January 17, 2013 3:42 pm 18 comments

Noam Chomsky. Photo: Duncan Rawlinson.

As a defamer of his fellow Jews, Noam Chomsky is in a class of his own. “Hitler’s conceptions,” he once wrote, “have struck a responsive chord in current Zionist commentary.” Israel, he added, is guilty of planning a “final solution” for humanity, an apocalypse from which “few will escape.” The world-famous MIT professor and far-left intellectual guru has described the PLO as “heroic,” while vilifying America’s Jewish community as “deeply totalitarian.” He has collaborated with Holocaust deniers, allowing them to publish and distribute his books, and he gave his endorsement to an antisemitic author (the late Israel Shahak) who alleged that observant Jews pray to the Devil.

But these efforts pale before the cause that has animated Chomsky for the past decade. That cause is solidarity with the blood-drenched perpetrators of Islamist terror.

The fact that Iran’s rulers want to annihilate Israel is not in dispute among informed people. The ayatollahs and their accessories have characterized the Jewish state as a “cancerous tumor” that must be “uprooted from the region,” a “dried, rotten tree that will collapse with a single storm,” a “filthy microbe,” a “stinking corpse,” a “germ of corruption” that “will be wiped off the face of the world.” But as Chomsky sees it, “Israel and the United States are both threatening Iran with destruction.” Iran, declares Chomsky, would be “crazy” not to build nuclear bombs to counter this threat.

In 2006, Chomsky visited Lebanon, where he basked in the warm affections of Hezbollah. These terrorists, he announced, are perfectly justified in keeping their arms (which include tens of thousands of rockets aimed at Israel’s civilian population) as a “deterrent to potential aggression.” Some may recall the uses to which Hezbollah’s weapons have already been put: the slaughter of hundreds of American peacekeepers, the destruction of American and Israeli embassies, the indiscriminate bombardment of Israeli towns and cities, the massacre of Jews as far afield as Argentina. Was it for this, one wonders, that Chomsky allowed himself to be filmed greeting leaders of Hezbollah as long-lost friends?

Interviewed on Lebanese television, Chomsky gave further insight into his political allegiances. “The policies of Hamas,” he insisted, “are more forthcoming and more conducive to a peaceful settlement than those of the United States or Israel… The policies, in my view, are unacceptable, but preferable to the policies of the United States and Israel.” Viewers may well have been perplexed at the sight of this Jewish academic who apparently considers the demand for the murder of all Jews – clearly stated in the Hamas covenant – preferable to Israel’s official support for the two-state solution.

Evidently unsatisfied with mere apologetics for Hamas, Chomsky has now decided to show his fellowship with the jihadists in person. Visiting Gaza in October – shortly before the latest rocket attacks on Israeli towns and cities – Chomsky spoke at the Islamic University, an institution established by Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and recognized as a training ground for the Hamas leadership. Bestowing intellectual legitimacy on this terrorist front by attending an “international conference on languages and literature,” he also received an honorary doctorate for his anti-Israel activities, and rewarded his hosts by demanding an end to the blockade of the Hamas enclave. His words having met with the approval of the terror masters, Chomsky was granted an audience with none other than the Hamas prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, who hailed his “courageous positions in support of the Palestinian people.”

Even as he consorted with this dispatcher of suicide bombers, a man involved in the murder and mutilation of hundreds of innocent Jews, Chomsky’s traveling companions (most of them linguistics professors) brazenly insisted that nothing was amiss. In a public statement on the situation, they conceded that American academics “are prevented by law from having any contact with the government in Gaza,” and cited “assurances” (worthless, of course) that the Islamic University is not linked to Hamas. But they labored in vain to conceal the truth: that the conference at the university was a mere pretext for assignations with terrorists. “Additional events,” they confessed, “were organized solely for Noam Chomsky,” and among those events were “meetings with Palestinian politicians (including the elected prime minister)” – that is to say, private sessions with figures from Hamas, including Ismail Haniyeh. Here, then, is an admission by his own supporters that Chomsky has been fraternizing with the Hamas leadership, possibly in violation of American law.

Just how important is Chomsky? Why should anyone care that he is rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s most evil terrorists? The answer is that Chomsky was voted “the world’s top public intellectual” by over 4,000 readers of Foreign Policy magazine. His book 9-11, which denied bin Laden’s guilt for the September 11 mass murders, sold 300,000 copies. Wherever he travels, he addresses packed audiences and elicits rapturous applause. In Britain, one of his diatribes was broadcast in Manchester city center by the BBC. When he tried to visit Ireland on an expired passport a few years ago, the country’s foreign minister intervened to grant him entry. As a result, cheering crowds were able to watch him denounce the Irish Government for war crimes, confuse the then-presidents of Egypt and Pakistan, and warn that American policies would culminate in an “Armageddon of our own making.”

Over his long public career, Noam Chomsky has plumbed the depths of political iniquity, from support for Maoist China (“quite admirable”) and apologetics for Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge (“may actually have saved many lives“) to the defense of Holocaust deniers (one of whom he labeled “a relatively apolitical liberal of some sort”) and dismissal of bin Laden’s responsibility for 9/11. Now he describes the Iranian ayatollahs as victims of American and Israeli aggression, while embracing terrorist commanders notorious for their skill in murdering Jews.

When his political activities are called into question, Chomsky reacts by comparing himself to the prophets of the Bible. Perhaps, therefore, he should be judged in light of the words of Isaiah: “the wicked are like the troubled sea, which cannot rest, and whose waters cast up mire and dirt.”


  • Lawrence Kulak

    somebody once explained to me the psychology of a Chomsky and I will never forget it. Chomsky knows well that he will never be threatened by his own people and that he will be permitted to say whatever he wants. This is because Jews and Americans believe in democracy and freedom of speech. However, because he is a coward, Chomsky does not like feeling threatened by the terrorists for belonging to a group (the Jews) with whom they are at odds, so he makes believe that he is joining them. But he does it to such an extent that he himself begins to believe it and is able somehow to write books which actually invert the truth. Chomsky is also a deeply insecure person who feels that he can only make his mark on the world if he uses his intelligence to be a contrarion. So he inverts reality by subjugating morality which is a clever trick, and simply goes about doing what any good defense lawyer will do: play devil’s advocate. He appears like he means it, but the truth is that a spineless coward like Chomsky does not have to mean anything. This is because he is not a man within the Biblical definition if “Ish”. And in fact, he is about as far from it as you can get without descending to a lesser form of life.

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    there is no reason not to suicide bomb him

  • I recommend to everyone who has read this article to pick up a copy of the book “The Jewish Divide Over Israel” edited by Paul Bogdanor and Edward Alexander, with two essays on Chomsky and one on Norman Finkelstein by Mr. Bogdanor.

  • ” Chomsky was voted “the world’s top public intellectual” by over 4,000 readers of Foreign Policy magazine.”


    Ha, its so sad to see how most commenters over here cannot get over this.

  • It is amazing how extreme Chomsky is in the direction that we see more mildly in liberalism and the left overall. He seems to have gone to the logical extreme of this view. What is it? Humanism in a particular sense: The human spirit is defending itself against transcendence. Marx was supposedly defending the weak against the strong, but he hated God and power in general, as does the left after him. Chomsky worries about “Hegemony,” which could be known as leadership. Antisemitism is the human spirit’s paranoid rejection of Torah. Islamism hates God’s destiny for Israel. The liberal spirit toys with all these rejections of Power, and Chomsky does so in extreme. I pray a special grace for him to escape before he dies.

  • I always read about Chomsky being such a self-hater. Every time a new wave of nausea hits me. I just wonder what could have happened to him that he is like this. With every new egregious affront of his to the Jewish community, I try not to hate him because more than anything he should be pitied–but it’s difficult to say the least.

  • Carol,
    I couldn’t have said it better.

  • It’s difficult to know what to say about him without resorting to sounding like an Arab, myself.

    May the good Lord providentially dispatch him in haste to his permanent resting place where the weather is quite hot all year round.

  • This article is lazy and poorly done. It’s very symbolic that you criticize him for being critical of Ireland after the government allowed him in with an expired passport.I guess not not all journalists and public figures are so weak that they change their opinion simply because someone did them a favor. Maybe they let him in because they wanted to avoid the kind of public backlash Israel got when they denied him entry several years later. Also he’s not a Holocaust denier, his “support” goes no further than that of someone’s right to free speech. You can do better than this.

    • What exactly is your issue with the article? You don’t like the fact that Chomsky is being called out once again for his pro-arab stance to the detriment of his own people, or you take umbrage to the way in which the article is written? What’s lazy about reporting the goings on of a certain issue or person, especially when they appear to be hypocritical and wishy-washy in offering up their point of view? Or is just that you like Chomsky? Because if that’s the case why don’t you just say you don’t agree instead of attacking the article and the author of the article?

    • Bobby,

      Protecting someone’s right to free speech is one thing, writing a forward to a book that denies the Holocaust is quite another. Writing a forward to a Holocaust denial book that falsifies evidence in order to fool the unsuspecting that this horrible crime never happened is even worse. Professor Chomsky goes quite a bit further than championing people’s rights to free speech. He is a participant and vocal supporter for some of the worst dregs of the past 50 years.
      Why do you have a problem with Paul Bogdanor’s free speech right to expose this intellectual leper’s activities to the light of day?

  • He’s a sad old man. His academic work is no longer of much interest, so now he tries to make his mark by being as outrageous as possible. Of course he will be lionised by the murderers he supports but he is rapidly losing all credibility amongst his one-time western supporters.

    • Frankly, I thought Chomsky had passed on.

      Losing all credibility? I don’t think he ever had any for anyone grounded in reality. But you did qualify that as credibility amongst his one-time supporters, which would omit any realist.

    • The reason his academic work is no longer of interest to academics is because his theories have not panned out to be either correct or productive of further research ideas. In particular, his idea of rigid hard-wired grammar constructs in the infant brain has been overtaken by learned grammar rules based upon the language structure to which babies and toddlers are exposed.

      Chomsky’s problem is that he is so opinionated that he loses all recourse to claim objectivity. Name calling is so far from the formal description of behavior required of an academic worth his salt that his ideas are nothing short of propaganda and his words are nothing short of cant. Why should anyone revere him? It’s stupid to revere an academic no matter what he has done, since it always by definition incomplete.

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