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Noam Chomsky calls for jihad.

  • captain

    Its amazing how Chomsky smears himself.

  • john ryan

    Somewhat like you do Captain

  • captain

    I am sorry if you are offended that Chomsky was supportive of the War against the West. How do you reconcile all of these confused views of your ideological leader?

  • edward squire

    I love this line from the article:

    But it is also possible to see the praises Prof. Chomsky lavished on Iran's Lebanese proxy as an expression

    Iraq used to be the centre of the evil universe, from which all the world's terror-ills emanated. That's all just too embarrassing now, and in any case, we have to prepare people for a New And Improved Invasion. Yesterday, Iran was merely an example of W.Bush's poor spelling skills. Now it's Evil Central Inc.

  • Addamo

    This article is truly bizarre and com;pletely loopy.

    While the article attributes these sttement to Shimsky, it fails to quote any stetement to that effect. Where is the quote calling for Isralic johad? Where is the quote lavishing praise on Iran;s Lebanese proxy?

    Here are some real pearls.

    Liberation from what, you ask? The answer is clear: From the onus of colonialism, and American-Israeli oppression.

    The writer poses this statement as if to suggest that opposition to colonialism, and American-Israeli oppression is a radical and unnaceptabel position. Interesting.

    Last week, the British Lecturers Association NATFHE considered a proposal to boycott Israeli universities, yet took pains to recognize Hamas as the legitimate, recognized, democratically-elected representative of the Palestinian people.

    Again, the writer is casting doubt on the legitimacy of Hamas, when in fact it was democratically elected. Just because the West has refused to accept this reality, does not mena anythgin in terms of Hamas's legality.

    Teh riter also ignores Israel's illegal actions to deny tax revenue belonging to the Palestinain people.

    Early this morning," Ahmadinejad will say, "the Islamic Republic of Iran conducted a test of its first nuclear weapon at a secret location in the desert. The test was completed with complete success.

    This ignores reports by Israel and US intel that Iran woudl nto be within 5 years of achieving this even if it were purriing this option. Facts be damned.

    Also iTime Magazinr this week revealed that Lybia's disarmanet had nothgin to do with the invasion of Iraq and in fact was in progress since 2001. In fact , contrary to the idea that Lybia was feelng htreatened, the articel stipulates that Ghadafi " believes that it was his atomic bomb program that enabled him to deal with the West from a position of strength."

    Perhaps there is a lesson in that for Iran?

    We can only imagine the negative influence of an Iranian nuclear weapon on Israel, its economy, on foreign investment here, on the shekel's value, the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and on the country's general mood.

    Based on this week's events, it appears that regardless of it's neighbours, investors are moving away from Israel. A breitish gas company is moving it;s ivenstemtn out fo Israel which wil cost the Israeli economy billions.

  • captain

    Have you smart arses even seen the footage?

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Chomsky slams the US. Shock, horror! Georgie must be so worried. Long may Chomsky prevail.

  • Captain

    Hizbollah are a theocratic, antisemitic, organisation that is stongly against freedom of speech, association and movement. It is anti-homosexual and anti-Christian. It uses terror against civilians as modis operandis. How on earth could a left wing Jewish academic (Chomsky, not you Ant) support such an organisation?

    It is one thing to criticise and distance one's self from US actions and policy and another entirely to endorse murderous theocratic thugs. I am sorry if this is too subtle for you.

  • smiths

    captain, which war on the west are actually talking about

  • Captain

    You know, like the one where planes are sent into buildings: that war.

  • Addamo

    Can someone please point me to the quote from Chomsky that calls for Jihad? I saw the video clip Captain, and I see nothing scandalous about it.

    Hizbollah, like any group tha thas resisted Israel, is automatically called a terrorist organisation. They pushed Israel out of Lebannon and good on them for doing so. Israel has no business there.

    "another entirely to endorse murderous theocratic thugs"

    As opposed to endorsing murderous non-theocratic thugs.

    "You know, like the one where planes are sent into buildings: that war."

    And what does Hizbollah have to do with 911? Oh that's right, all Arabs are genetically pre-programmed to become suicide bombers.

    Hey Captain, if you had been in New York that day, would you have been dancing with the Israelis?

  • captain

    Addumbo: thank you for confirming what we all knew; you are a mad conspiratorialist.

    Its amazing that you can't bring yourself to condemn Hizbollah, a completely mad islamist terror group. And of course thats not just my view, the view of the Israelis or the Americans. Chomsky is supporting a group that has an atrocious human rights record. How can you possibly defend this (other than by Israel bashing)?

  • Comical_Ali

    No Squires, Amerrikkkka, with that infidel kaffir BushChimp McHitlerburton at its helm, is Evil inc. The root of all evil. Satan himself actually, who is also incidentally controlled by scheming dancing zionists with demon like horns and hooked shylock noses.

  • Comical_Ali

    Not only did he kiss and embrace with Hazbollah leaders – a Taliban like organisation which blew up a Jewish community centre in Argentina killing over 92 men, women and children among other things – Chomsky also only just happened to call holocaust denial "extensive historical research," write a forward to a holocaust denying book and save a neo-nazi publishing house from going bankrupt with his own money.

    Only Loewenstein can put it best, by putting it best and as best as he can, when he said "Shock, horror!"

  • viva peace


    You are kidding, right? You do know that the CIA has long ENCOURAGED Chomsky, right? In fact there is a lot of evidence that Chomsky has been a deep-cover CIA agent for decades. The theory is that as a gatekeeper of leftist views and agitprop, Chomsky can be dynamite in confusing his dopey followers. Which he has succeeded brilliantly at!

  • edward squire

    Comical_Ali May 22nd, 2006 at 5:59 pm

    Amerrikkkka, with that infidel kaffir BushChimp McHitlerburton at its helm, is Evil inc.

    Thanks for the clarification.

  • Addamo


    Oh that's priceless. Yes the US and Israel calls a group a terrorist organisation, therefor eit must be true and set in stone right? I do hope you are getting paid handsomely to expose yourself in public like that. Didnt your dad ever tell you not to step into a fight holding your dick in your hand when the other guy is holding a baseball bat?

    The US and Israel have used the terorritys label so gratuitously, it no longer has any meaning. The State Department lists the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK or MKO) as a terrorist organisation, but the US/CIA are fiancing and uspporitng them in their attacks inside Iran.


    You may have been too young to remember, but the mujahadeen, which became Al Qaeda, were privately funded and publicly embraced by American rightwingers, Ronald Reagan chief among them. Throwing acid in women's faces and destroying co-ed schools was then-called "freedom fighting" by rightist politicos. In fact, so enthralled was the US domestic Phalange by the brutal actions taken by Osama bin-Laden and friends that some viewed this clerical fascism as an extension of American conservative values.


    Isn't it time you grew up and joned the ranks of the reality?

    Stick to your PLaystation Captain Cretin. Reality is too much for your brain to handle.

  • Addamo


    As usual, you are true to your name, and busily picking those cherries.

    " Chomsky also only just happened to call holocaust denial “extensive historical research,” write a forward to a holocaust denying book"

    Complete rubbish of course. The book had a quote from Chomsky in reference to concept you so hate, freedom of speech.

    "and save a neo-Nazi publishing house from going bankrupt with his own money."

    Seeing as anything that opposes US/Israeli policy becomes neo-Nazi material, and any leader who dares to stand p to the US foreign policy is immediately branded Hitler (i.e. Chavez) I would asks that you provide some proof of this.
    “a Taliban like organization which blew up a Jewish community centre in Argentina killing over 92 men”

    Interesting, especially seeing as the US official no longer considers the3 Taliban an enemy. What does Taliban like mean exactly? Arab? Opposed to drug agriculture? Freedom fighting? When did this take place?

    BTW. Isn’t it interesting how in 1988, the US shot down an Iranian civilian airliner, killing all 290 passengers aboard (women and children among them). The Pentagon & White House defended the action with the usual spin, stating that the aircraft was outside the commercial jet flight corridor, flying at only 7,000 feet, and on a descent toward the Vincennes. A month later, U.S. admitted that the airbus had been within a recognized commercial flightpath, and that the Iranian jet was flying at 12,000 feet and not descending. The U.S. Navy's final report blamed crew “error” error caused by psychological stress on men in combat for the first time.

    So as usual, when the US kills 290 Iranians, it’s just a case of “shit happens” but when Jews or Americans are the victoms, it’s an act of war? These Israeli and American armed forced are all thumbs aren’t they?

    What do you think Comical? Do you think these Keystone cops should be handling live ammo when you consider errors like the Liberty, Quana, and the Iranian Air Bus?.