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Noam and Obama.

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This revealing clip is from the Stop the War Coalition Youtube channel:

Obama is worse than George Bush and Tony Blair says Noam Chomsky.

And this is Chomsky’s previous statement, which he contradicts in the video.

If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged. By violation of the Nuremberg laws I mean the same kind of crimes for which people were hanged in Nuremberg. And Nuremberg means Nuremberg and Tokyo. So first of all you’ve got to think back as to what people were hanged for at Nuremberg and Tokyo. And once you think back, the question doesn’t even require a moment’s waste of time. For example, one general at the Tokyo trials, which were the worst, General Yamashita, was hanged on the grounds that troops in the Philippines, which were technically under his command (though it was so late in the war that he had no contact with them — it was the very end of the war and there were some troops running around the Philippines who he had no contact with), had carried out atrocities, so he was hanged. Well, try that one out and you’ve already wiped out everybody. “

I think Chomsky should stick to linguistics and avoid politics as his judgements are often simplistic, trite and other worldly.

Written by modernityblog

11/03/2011 at 01:38

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  1. Chomsky’s comment about Yamashita is actually borderline genocide denial; far from running amuck Japanese soldiers were following orders when they killed and raped, there isn’t very much interpretation in the orders “burn all, kill all, loot all.” To disobey orders would be to dishonor their families and the man they worshiped as a god; so Chomsky has moved from supporting Serb fascism to presenting axix mass murders in a sympathetic light.

    chroniclinghate

    27/03/2011 at 09:58

  2. The point is that Chomsky is basically arguing that the Imperial Japanese army wasn’t any different from any other army, how anyone can say that and be treated as a guru is baffling and infuriating.

    chroniclinghate

    27/03/2011 at 10:10

  3. Good points, however, I doubt we will hear back from any fans of Chomsky they rarely seem to take criticism well.

    modernityblog

    27/03/2011 at 14:53

  4. It’s a cult; faith is required to be a Chomskyite, that is the only way how anyone could take him seriously what with his mediocre body of work and pathetic arguments (nazi comparisons, phoney roundhead moral purity and so on). That’s one reason I loathe the left; there’s no substance to their work, the average comic book has more literacy value and honesty than Chomsky’s latest screed. His argument is absurd; imagine a lawyer for a crime boss claiming “my client didn’t order that killing” obviously of course that argument would be laughed out of the court.

    “…. the Japanese slaughtered as many as 30 million Filipinos, Malays, Vietnamese, Cambodians, Indonesians and Burmese, at least 23 million of them ethnic Chinese.”
    -Chalmers Johnson

    chroniclinghate

    28/03/2011 at 13:01

  5. Chomsky is actually engaging in racism; he isn’t holding Japanese mass murderers to the same standards as their nazi counterparts because they are not White westerners thus the millions of people killed by Imperial Japan is insignificant to him. The view of Japan as a lesser evil (apart from Nanking their crimes are obscure) results from modern and past forms of racism, in the past the Asian victims were seen as secondary to the White holocaust victims, thus Imperial Japan did not become a synonym for evil. Also modern leftism views White people as the main bad guys of history (nevermind what the Mongols did) so the evils of Imperial Japan are downplayed; in fact Japanese during WWII have achieved a victimhood status.

    chroniclinghate

    28/03/2011 at 13:08

  6. *literary

    chroniclinghate

    28/03/2011 at 13:10

  7. Surely a fallacy? To assume that Chomsky represents every Leftie?

    I am a Leftie and I can’t stand him or his flaky views.

    He’s a cult leader as you say, but there’s plenty out there across the political spectrum, with similar stupid views.

    He’s not alone.

    modernity

    28/03/2011 at 14:38

  8. My mistake I guess that was a sweeping generalization.

    chroniclinghate

    29/03/2011 at 04:50


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