I'm disappointed to see brainy people at OS bashing Noam Chomsky. (See comments at a recent Jane Whatever Her Current Middle Name Is Smithie post about Noam Chomsky and Andy Borowitz.) Since this is my blog, I want to post a brief rebuttal. I'll leave comments open, though I may not feel like engaging all that much. I brought home two days' worth of work to do over the weekend (yeah! teachers and their 30-hour weeks!) and may not have the energy to refute those who disagree with me, especially any under-researched and over-biased replies. But if anyone reads this, feel free to bloody up the comments. Hopefully someone whose views are similar to mine and has more time to explain them will show up to champion me, if necessary.
Some people feel intellectual outrage for factoids masquerading as truth. I suspect Chomsky's one of those people. As a rational thinker, Chomsky has never hesitated to say what makes sense to him though it may be politically incorrect. He's ventured to say that the US has exaggerated Pol Pot's evil in order to whitewash our military's own evil deeds in Cambodia--that is all. His point was that the estimate of Cambodians dead at the hands of Pol Pot was a propaganda ploy by the US to dodge responsibility for the blood on our own hands. He's not questioning a Cambodian holocaust--just questioning how many murderers were culpable.
[What? My country tells whoppers to hide its misdeeds? Nawwww. Can't be. Why, if you believe that, you'd have to believe that Julian Assange is merely a disastrously effective whistleblower on the most corrupt and lying political power in history, rather than the seedy traitorous non-journalist the virtuous corporate media and the President of These United States have already deemed him.]
As for Chomsky's views on anything to do with the Jews, I've noticed that many Jewish people feel knee-jerk rage for what they see as betrayal by their own--which includes not only Chomsky, but my Salon hero Glenn Greenwald, as well. Both Chomsky and Greenwald have ostracized themselves from Zionists by refusing to declare Israel holy and blameless in all its doings with its neighbors. Um, hello? All you have to do is recall that everything Israel does is backed by the biggest big-stick-wielding military empire the world has ever known. If I had Godzilla at my side, ready to smash my enemies' heads together, it might just make me a little less humble, a little less ready to "give peace a chance," too.
We have vilified the entire rest of the Mideast by our unceasing and unquestioning championship of Israel, and the rest of the Mideast has vilified us in return. And the rapture-ready Christians are delighted! We are playing right into their tribulation fantasies. What a tiny god to believe in, one that would allow himself to be so manipulated. And the sad thing is, among those who forge our foreign policy are some of these crazies. If you're Jewish and expect US foreign policy to continue to support Israel, don't count on it once Jesus shows up on his big white horse and starts killing nonbelievers. That's when your Holy Roller friends will show their not-so-friendly-after-all faces.
I become more and more attracted to atheism with each passing day...Quick! I need a copy of Sojourners Magazine! Where's Jim Wallis when I need him?
Hahaha! In looking for the picture above, I found yet another crazies' site: http://www.truthinlove.com/references/2NDCOM.html . This guy believes we will all worship God on his "thrown." Yikes.