In awarding my second Weekly Jackass award to Noam Chomsky, I mentioned his contemptable response to the tragedy of 9/11. For those of you who missed it and are too lazy to hit the link above, here is the sum total of Chomsky's grieving: 'The terrorist attacks were major atrocities'. That's it - finis. I am sure you, like me, are reaching for a handkerchief after such a heartfelt expression of solidarity with one's nation.
Of course, this being Chomsky, he immediately launched into a tirade about the 'untold casualties' of the US's mistaken bombing of a Sudanese pharmaceutical facility during the Clinton administration. Here's a post by Oliver Kamm refuting the fairy tale that the Sudan bombing caused thousands of casualties. Still, that was never my point. Here it is, for those that missed it: the very day after the worst attack in history on American soil, an attack of which it can truthfully said that every single casualty was an innocent victim, and an attack mourned by the vast majority of the world's population, Chomsky's immediate reaction was to launch into a criticism of the United States after barely mentioning the epochal events of the day before. If that doesn't show the mindset of a Blame-America-Firster, then I don't know what possibly could.
Benjamin Kerstein does a far better job than I ever could describing exactly those elements of society that revere Chomsky's politicial writings. He breaks them down into two groups: younger people who naively equate rebellion against authority as 'hip', and the group of 60's radicals who have never outlived their perception of America as corrupt and imperialist.
I'm going to be posting on the very-much-related topic of conspiracy theories and the Left very soon...