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Chomski is one-sided and biased, but he is attractive to college students and naive leftist types. If you read any of my posts on this board, you will instantly know that I am an opponent of the Iraq War and a number of other US policies and I don't listen to Rush, but that does not mean that I blindly accept extremist views on the left as the "truth"-a word that you seem to play fast and loose with. The far left is every bit as irrational as the far right.Phil,
Chomski confirms what I know and does it in a thorough and professional way. (Coincidentally among the many wonderful things the US has and offers to the World, Noam is one.) Do you also don't like Gore Vidal, Suzan Sontag, Michael Parenti, Howard Zinn?
I could ask you to name me the errors he has committed and discuss it with you, but this in not the forum and I am sure we both would rather do something else with our time though I feel the pursuit of truth is an admirable challenge--especially in your case for your country holds such disproportional power in the world and it should focus on being an agent of good around the world rather than focusing on it's self interests (general human fault).
What suffices is my premise. If you care for the truth, truly and sincerely, you will find it--you must be smart at the same time, however, and I have no reason to believe otherwise in your case.
Just in case: If you get your information and opinions from Rush and Fox News, for your sake and the rest of us, please jump off the loony ride.
The best thing about the US is that you have the right to turn ride on red light--it baffles me why the rest of the world does not follow the example.
But I do look for the truth or at least an approximation of it, and believe me, you won't find it in Chomski or Susan Sontag. They are shrill and one-sided; they remind me of those who eagerly jumped on the Stalin bandwagon in the 30's, so willing to embrace the ideals of the "other side". They were sadly disappointed. Chomski completely glosses over the threat that Stalin and others presented and what the USA had to do to counter this threat. He only writes about the mistakes, and not the many successes.
I won't bother to educate you on how much of a threat to international security and freedom Stalin actually was. This is not the place, and I can see that your pre-conceived notions are set in stone and your mind is closed to anything even approaching balance. This is about a blanket comdemnation of the USA, but in Europe these days, this is a trendy fashion.
BTW, the right-on-red law is not quite universal in the USA. While all states allow it, certain cities have been made the exception and prohibit it-most notably, New York City.