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Noam Chomsky, 9/11 And Wiggle Room?

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Pundits and commentators throughout the world are giving their opinions on the demise of Osama bin Laden.

Now one of the world’s leading intellectuals, Noam Chomsky, has seen fit to do the same.

Noam Chomsky: My Reaction to Osama bin Laden’s Death:

“It’s increasingly clear that the operation was a planned assassination, multiply violating elementary norms of international law. There appears to have been no attempt to apprehend the unarmed victim, as presumably could have been done by 80 commandos facing virtually no opposition—except, they claim, from his wife, who lunged towards them. In societies that profess some respect for law, suspects are apprehended and brought to fair trial. I stress “suspects.” In April 2002, the head of the FBI, Robert Mueller, informed the press that after the most intensive investigation in history, the FBI could say no more than that it “believed” that the plot was hatched in Afghanistan, though implemented in the UAE and Germany. What they only believed in April 2002, they obviously didn’t know 8 months earlier, when Washington dismissed tentative offers by the Taliban (how serious, we do not know, because they were instantly dismissed) to extradite bin Laden if they were presented with evidence—which, as we soon learned, Washington didn’t have. Thus Obama was simply lying when he said, in his White House statement, that “we quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda.”

Nothing serious has been provided since. There is much talk of bin Laden’s “confession,” but that is rather like my confession that I won the Boston Marathon. He boasted of what he regarded as a great achievement.”

I feely admit that I find Chomsky’s writings less than clear. His use of compounded clauses in sentences is annoying and for a linguist he doesn’t communicate terribly well, often you are left trying to work out what he was actually getting at.

A cynic would suggest that Chomsky leaves himself wiggle room, lest he completely puts his foot in mouth.

Reading the above you are left wondering if Chomsky thinks that Al Qaeda committed 9/11? Or perhaps something else, when he says:

Thus Obama was simply lying when he said, in his White House statement, that “we quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda.” “

Does anyone really know what Chomsky is on about concerning 9/11?

Who knows? Frankly, who cares? We know from what he said that Chomsky is not a fan of Obama.

I suspect Chomsky’s tortured prose will end up in the dustbin of history, along with the remnants of his more peculiar views.

Written by modernityblog

07/05/2011 at 15:31

6 Responses

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  1. I thought the main point was simply that the US operates outside of the law. That’s not a controversial viewpoint. Otherwise the piece is rather superfluous.

    hajo

    08/05/2011 at 07:36

  2. I’m not an academic or a linguist but I can understand Noam Chomsky perfectly well. The facts are that there is no evidence linking bin Laden to 911 – there never was; what you have instead is propaganda and fake confession videos. Deriding Mr Chomsky will not change this uncomfortable truth.

    Lateral

    08/05/2011 at 13:31

  3. Lateral,

    So who did 9/11 then?

    modernityblog

    08/05/2011 at 14:04

  4. Hajo,

    Suppose that was the point he was making, as you say it is hardly a controversial viewpoint, MOST states work outside the law, China, Iran, Burma, Russia, North Korea, Sudan, etc so why make it?

    But what was his point on 9/11?

    modernityblog

    08/05/2011 at 14:07

  5. OVER MANY YEARS NOAM CHOMSKY HAD MADE A GREAT CONTRIBUTION IN THE EXPOSING OF CORRUPTION, AND OUTRIGHT CRIMES AGAINST PEOPLE BY POWERFUL ENTITIES LIKE GOVERNMENTS BIG BIZ ETC. CHOMSKY HAS BEEN ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH THE ABOVE BY DOING SOME OUTSTANDING RESEARCH. HIS ABILITY TO DO 1ST CLASS RESEARCH IS WHY I JUST DON’T SEE HOW HE COULD FEEL 911 WAS NOT AN INSIDE JOB. FOR EXAMPLE DON’T HE KNOW ABOUT THE 1492 ARCHITECTS ENGINEERS WEBSITE, AND THEIR VIEWS OH HOW 911 WAS DONE. DOES HE NOT KNOW ABOUT THE TESTIMONY GIVEN BY BARRY JENNINGS, SURVIVED BUILDING SEVEN, AND WILLIAM RODREQUEZ WAS JANITOR IN ONE OF THE WTC TOWERS? IS CHOMSKY UNAWARE THAT CHEMISTRY PROF. NIELS HARRIT, SCIENTIST STEVEN JONES, AMOUNG OTHER SCIENTISTS, WHO FOUND THE METAL MELTING EXPLOSIVE NANO THERMATE ALL OVER 911 SITE? IS CHOMSKY UNAWARE OF THE TESTIMONY GIVEN BY DOZENS OF PEOPLE WHO WHERE THERE WHEN 911 TOOK PLACE, AND HOW THEIR TESTIMONY WAS PURPOSELY WITHHELD FOR YEARS, BECAUSE IT CLEARLY SUGGESTED EXPLOSIVES WERE USED? IS CHOMSKY, THIS EXCELLENT RESEARCHER UNAWARE OBL DENIED DOING 911 ON MID EAST TV MORE THAN ONCE? IS CHOMSKY UNAWARE OF ARCHITECT RICHARD GAGE EXPLAINING WHAT THE MOLTEN IRON SIGNIFIED WITNESSED BY MANY AT 911 SITE? IS CHOMSKY UNAWARE OF DICK CHENEY’S YOUNG ASSISTANT ASKING WHEN CHENEY WAS GOING TO HAVE THE SO CALLED HIJACKED PLANES SHOT DOWN AS THEY GOT CLOSER AND CLOSER TO THEIR TARGETS? I COULD ADD A ABOUT 100 MORE SIMILAR QUESTIONS LIKE THE ABOVE. I REPEAT NOAM CHOMSKY WAS NOTED FOR >> FINDING THINGS OUT << JOHNNY REDS

    JOHN

    10/05/2011 at 16:06

  6. Lateral,
    So who did 9/11 then?

    >Well, if he doesn’t know, it must have been al Qaeda and OBL.

    Hajo,
    Suppose that was the point he was making, as you say it is hardly a controversial viewpoint, MOST states work outside the law, China, Iran, Burma, Russia, North Korea, Sudan, etc so why make it?

    >What is the point you are trying to make? It’s perfectly acceptable in polite society to denounce NK, Burma, Sudan, China, Iran, etc. so why make a fuss when someone denounces the US? And here it’s you who would need wiggle room to maneuver out of the mess you stepped in by suggesting that the US is no better than the likes of NK, Burma, et al.

    High Larry US

    25/05/2011 at 19:35


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