Noam Chomsky


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Noam Chomsky's Search For The Truth
Avram Noam Chomsky may appear to be somewhat of an anomaly amongst intellectuals for not only is he a Jew but also an outspoken critic of Israel and a defender of historical revisionism. Attacked by Zionists for being a "neo-nazi", this Jewish academic bravely defended Professor Robert Faurisson, best known for his questioning of the Jewish Holocaust. In a response to a claim that Faurisson is anti-Semitic by dint of his questioning of the Holocaust, Chomsky said, "I see no anti-Semitic implications in denial of the existence of gas chambers or even denial of the Holocaust. Nor would there be anti-Semitic implications, per se, in the claim that the Holocaust (whether one believes it took place or not) is being exploited, viciously so, by apologists for Israeli repression and violence. I see no hint of anti-Semitic implications in Faurisson's work").

Noam Chomsky's relentless pursuit of the truth in history and politics began from the standpoint of the Left but that did not deter him from moving closer to The Journal of Historical Review, based in California. For those who believe that all Jews work towards common Jewish goals, Chomsky is not alone as a Jew attacking Israel and defending the revisionists' right to free speech.

When The Journal of Historical Review was launched in 1980, its first edition featured an article by Dr Howard F. Stein, an associate professor of anthropology in Oklahoma. Needless to say, Dr Stein is also a Jew but this fact adds weight to his views on other Jews, so forthrightly expounded on. Dr Stein believes the Jewish Holocaust is a myth, a lie in fact, and stated that Jews have always fantasised about a holocaust throughout their history. His theory is they have always needed to feel persecuted. In another article he wrote of the Jews' "Samson complex", a condition that bound them for eventual destruction, destroying the world with them. Events today, in the Middle East, seem to give some credence to this idea. There are those of a libertarian persuasion who will give support both moral and financial to any persecuted group on the basis of Voltaire's dictum.

In 1986, Chomsky, following in the footsteps of Dr Stein, had an article published in The Journal of Historical Review entitled, ''All Denials of Free Speech Undercut a Democratic Society". Chomsky does not simply stand on a libertarian platform, however, because his position on the Holocaust conforms to the theories of the historical revisionists to the point whereby Zionists accuse him of "being embroiled in the neo-nazi movement". Whatever the "neo-nazi movement" is or imagined to be one can only speculate that this is yet another fantasy of the Zionists. If they mean The Institute of Historical Review, they should make this clear and Chomsky's role can be properly evaluated.

Free speech, to Chomsky, is something that everyone is entitled to and he does not draw distinctions between Left and Right, such a dichotomy being blurred at the edges depending on the issue of the day. He reserves his vitriol for the state of Israel and the Zionists squirm helplessly because Chomsky is too respected as an academic, a prolific writer and a Jew.

There are some anti-Zionist Jews who can be dealt with by simply ignoring them ... dismissing them as a sandwich short of a picnic. Zionists are always fond of shrugging off their dissidents or, as the Jewish writer Werner Cohn rebuffs, "Surely Jews like everyone else are entitled to a quota of maniacs".

One such is Israel Shahak, a retired chemist, who spends all his spare time travelling around the world condemning the Talmud. Although Shahak lives in Israel, he is not above accusing the Jews of being evil and that the Talmud teaches this malevolence. Shahak lets the cat out of the bag by revealing that Jewish children are actually taught to utter a ritual curse when passing a non-Jewish cemetery (Jewish History, Jewish Religion, 1994). Strangely enough, this book has a foreword by the American writer, Gore Vidal ... and, without any reservation, an endorsement by Chomsky. In it he writes, "Shahak is an outstanding scholar, with remarkable insight and depth of knowledge. His work is informed and penetrating, a contribution of great value".

But Chomsky's opposition to organised Jewry, particularly the Zionist variety, is on a more erudite level. He can balance Left and Right and appeal to both in his condemnation of both Israel and America and his belief that the Jewish religion is anti-social.

His is a rejection of dogma and a moral courage that secures he is taken seriously by everyone. Whatever side the Zionists claim he is on, his humanistic approach to the question of free speech is clear. And he actually means it. His famous defence of Professor Faurisson may have given ammunition to those who act as apologists for Israel but, in Chomsky's case, the bullets would be blanks.

He is an honoured patron of the revisionist movement on both sides of the Atlantic. His academic work is admired and respected by scholars around the world. But most of all truth for Chomsky is the highest goal to aim for ... and the freedom to express it.






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