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Tuesday, May 14, 2002
Last week USA Today ran a column by Walter Shapiro berating Noam Chomsky and his book 9-11, which concludes with "The best response to the frenzied e-mailed dispatches from this left-wing crank remains public disclosure and ridicule."
But ridicule is all Shapiro offers since he never actually refutes any of Chomsky's claims. Rather he just labels them as "shrill assertions."
This paragraph is particularly telling:
At the beginning of 9-11, Chomsky briefly puts aside his virulent anti-Americanism to label the Sept. 11 attacks as "horrifying atrocities." But pretty soon, he declares that bin Laden's "call for the overthrow of corrupt and brutal regimes of gangsters and torturers resonates quite widely." And rather than pursuing bin Laden, Chomsky suggests that it would "make a lot more sense" to "consider realistically the background concerns and grievances, and to try to remedy them."
Shapiro ends the piece by asserting that Bush's policies have plenty of faults but that "Chomsky's momentary popularity overshadows infinitely more reasoned critiques of Bush administration policies." He doesn't name any of these critiques. Apparently attacking "anti-Americanism" is more important to Shapiro than America attacking other countries.