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Ayatollah of Anti-American Hate in Austin By: Brendan Steinhauser
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, February 18, 2003


Infamous linguist and amateur foreign policy pundit Noam Chomsky made an appearance at the University of Texas in Austin on October 20. He spoke in the LBJ auditorium for about three hours about the history of U.S. foreign policy as well as current events. His deceitful rhetoric focused mainly on the Israel-Palestinian conflict, as well as the War on Terrorism. Many students in attendance said that they still remember the outrageous comments Chomsky made approximately one year ago after the September 11 attacks.

His appearance sparked a protest by a number of UT student groups including Texans for Israel, Young Conservatives of Texas, Students for American Values, and the Texas Review Society-affiliated H.L. Mencken Society. Other protestors from the Austin community, including members of FreeRepublic.com, were also present. These students and concerned citizens engaged in debate with attendees, handed out literature authored by David Horowitz, President of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture, exposing Chomsky as anti-American, and waved American flags to show solidarity with the President.

Among Chomsky's verbal tirades were statements such as, "The main way to prevent terrorism is to take a look at Crawford and Washington." This was just one of the first of his ridiculous diatribes against the United States. By attempting to place the blame of the world's woes on the United States, the linguist tried to invoke outrage and disgust for America from his listeners.

About a thousand or so radical students appeared to be in an almost hypnotic state as they listened to Chomsky's anti-American statements. Many of the leftist student groups had set up tables with books for sale, free literature and other radical paraphernalia. These various groups included anarchists, the Green Party, the UT International Socialist Organization, and the Campus Coalition for Peace and Justice.

Chomsky's most suspect comment was, "This is the best time I can remember for organization and activism. The system of power is frail." Apparently, he wants the current system of power (that is, the United States government) to be taken over by radicals such as him. This raises the specter of sedition. He does not advocate voting at election time to put into place representatives that agree with his ideology. Rather, he seems to be advocating "direct action" to bring about a radical change in the nature of the U.S. system of government.

Many young people certainly understand this to mean that they should take any measures, violent or otherwise, to bring about this change. This is apparent at meetings of the International Monetary Fund and other anti-globalization protests that have turned violent over the past few years. Chomsky is the main hero for the radical left, and his many disciples have already put his words into action before. It is probable that they will continue to do the same in the near future.

One of the most fallacious arguments Chomsky made was that a war with Iraq would "only enhance the issue [of terrorism]." Considering the elimination of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction would prevent terrorists from obtaining those weapons, his argument is utterly wrong. The policy of destroying those regimes that harbor terrorists has one main goal: to prevent the possibility of terrorist attacks by disrupting terrorist support networks.

Groups such as al-Qaeda would love nothing more than to use the most powerful weapons devised by man to destroy the U.S. Osama bin Laden has stated that he intends to kill all Americans wherever they are. He once told ABC News reporter John Miller, "We predict a black day for America and the end of the United States."1 If al-Qaeda can get weapons of mass destruction from countries such as Iraq, one can be certain that they will use them on American interests.

This professor of linguistics also called Attorney General John Ashcroft's efforts to secure the homeland "proto-fascism." He continues to label American leaders with invectives while ignoring the real fascists that exist in the world. Rather, Chomsky makes excuses for thugs like Saddam Hussein who control the press, murder political dissidents and refuse to buy food for their own people. While civil libertarians may disagree somewhat to the extent that security has been tightened, America is not even close to being a fascist country. The only rights that have been altered are those granted to suspects of crimes that affect national security. The average citizen is not remotely affected by legislation such as the USA Patriot Act, contrary to what some people would have us believe.

Chomsky concluded his lecture with a seditious call for activists to prevent the U.S. from winning the war on terrorism. "If the U.S. wins a cheap victory, the world is in deep trouble," he said. "Don't let them get away with it." It is obvious that he wants radical activists to thwart the efforts of the American government in defeating terrorism and disarming Iraq. Spreading lies about the motives and actions of the U.S. government to its citizens and other people around the globe weakens America and only emboldens those who wish its destruction.
Yet, none of Chomsky's remarks found their way into the glowing coverage of his lecture that the Austin American-Statesman and Austin Chronicle served up. Neither of these liberal newspapers even mentioned the protestors. To their credit, The Daily Texan actually quoted the student groups opposing Chomsky in their preview story.

Chomsky's incendiary remarks at UT were not surprising in light of his track record. At a speech earlier this year at the University of Pennsylvania, Chomsky labeled the United States a terrorist state. According to Chomsky, "legally speaking, there's a very solid case for impeaching every American president since the Second World War. They've all been either outright war criminals or involved in serious war crimes."

Chomsky is currently leading the insidious campaign to browbeat American universities into divesting assets linked to Israel. Chomsky even favored French leftist Robert Faurisson by authoring a preface to his asinine book denying the existence of Nazi gas chambers entitled "Mâemoire en dâefense : contre ceux qui m'accusent de falsifier l'histoire : la question des chambres áa gaz." Faurisson, who the Irish newspaper The Sunday Tribune described as "a leading Holocaust-denier," himself authored the preface to Ernst Gauss' revisionist screed "Dissecting the Holocaust : The Growing Critique of 'Truth' and 'Memory.'"

Brian Bodine, an officer in the UT Young Conservatives of Texas, stated, "Chomsky is a Stalinist who opposed the U.S. in the Cold War and embraces Cuba as a model nation. Chomsky has written that America's fight against Communism was actually a crusade "to protect our doctrine that the rich should plunder the poor." History has resoundingly relegated Chomsky's perverted ideas to the dustbin. In 1959, Cuba was the second richest country in Latin America. Now it is the second poorest just before Haiti. Chomsky is attempting to brainwash students into believing we should turn back the clock to the horrors of communism, which killed 100 million innocent people in the 20th century."

Chomsky's response to 9/11 was just the same as his mantra before 9/11 - when in doubt, blame the U.S. and Israel. Chomsky's infamous September 12 statement regarding the horrific attacks of September 11 began:

"The terrorist attacks were major atrocities. In scale they may not reach the level of many others, for example, Clinton's bombing of the Sudan with no credible pretext, destroying half its pharmaceutical supplies and killing unknown numbers of people (no one knows, because the U.S. blocked an inquiry at the UN and no one cares to pursue it)."

Responding to Chomsky' statement, David Horowitz wrote, "In point of fact - and just for the record - however ill-conceived Bill Clinton's decision to launch a missile into the Sudan, it was not remotely comparable to the World Trade Center massacre. It was, in its very design, precisely the opposite - a defensive response that attempted to minimize casualties. Clinton's missile was launched in reaction to the blowing up of two of our African embassies, the murder of hundreds of innocent people and the injury to thousands, mostly African civilians. It was designed with every precaution possible to prevent the loss of innocent life. The missile was fired at night, so that no one would be in the building when it was hit. The target was selected because the best information available indicated it was not a pharmaceutical factory, but a factory producing biological weapons. Chomsky's use of this incident to diminish the monstrosity of the terrorist attack is a typical Chomsky maneuver, an accurate measure of his instinctive mendacity, and an index of the anti-American dementia, which infuses everything he writes and says."

The fact that Chomsky's lecture attracted several thousand adoring students and community members, many of whom had to watch the lecture on a big screen television outside because the auditorium quickly filled up, suggests that many more leaders like David Horowitz are needed to combat Chomsky's campaign of deception. For America's sake, let's hope these leaders emerge soon and follow Horowitz in bringing their message to college campuses dominated by Chomsky's toxic anti-American slander and its misguided adherents.

Footnote:
1. Horowitz "Think Twice Before You Bring The War Home" 2001 p.19


Brendan Steinhauser writes for The Austin Review and is the Executive Director of The University of Texas at Austin brach of The Young Conservatives of Texas.


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