Noam Chomsky on Osama Bin Laden: George W. Bush’s Crimes ‘Vastly Exceed’ Bin Laden’s


Legendary linguist, philosopher and far-left activist Noam Chomsky chimed in over the weekend on the death of Osama Bin Laden, offering a counter-intuitive, sometimes thoughtful, if incendiary, critique of American foreign policy, perhaps more controversial if it wasn’t exactly what anyone who’s read Chomsky would expect. After casting some doubt on Bin Laden’s presumed guilt in planning the Septmber 11 attacks — “He boasted of what he regarded as a great achievement” — and questioning the legality of the assassination, Chomsky defends Pakistan’s sovereignty before comparing George W. Bush to Nazi war criminals: “We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic. Uncontroversially, his crimes vastly exceed bin Laden’s, and he is not a ‘suspect’ but uncontroversially the ‘decider,'” …and there’s a bit more. Read it if you really feel like fighting, one way or the other. [Guernica]