Chomsky Calls Elie Wiesel “One of The Major Frauds of Our Time”


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CounterContempt opines that this is a “very friendly correspondence, complete with praise for the denier’s work, and an offer of assistance on Chomsky’s part.”

In one of the letters dated March 10, 1984, from Chomsky to Rollins, we read the following:

I’m very glad to hear that you are writing about Elie Wiesel, who is one of the major frauds of our time. His attitude towards Israel is essentially the same as that of the Communist party members towards the USSR, or of ‘good Germans’ towards the Nazis. (…)

Wiesel’s “shameful subservience to the State of Israel,” Chomsky continues, is a “stance” that is “all the more grotesque in his case because of the pretense of saintliness. It may be, however, that many people are aware of his exploitation of the Holocaust.”

The other letter released by CounterContempt today is dated June 14, 1992. Chomsky expresses contempt for those who, in the name of criminalizing Holocaust denial,

give maximum publicity to far-out nuts whose views are bitterly condemned with remarkable unanimity and fervour, and who would, in fact, be unknown if it were not for the vast attention lovingly lavished upon them.

I couldn’t agree more (see above.)

But the thing is: that seems like an odd sentiment to express in a letter to a man whom CounterContempt identifies as a Holocaust denier, (i.e., a “far out nut”).

I invite others to clear up my confusion.

Needless to say, the onus is on CounterContempt to reveal the origin of these letters and offer assurances of their authenticity.

After that, and after all the letters have been released and authenticated, Noam Chomsky may or may not wish to comment.

The comments beneath that CounterContempt blog post are already lively, to say the least.

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  • http://www.toben.biz Dr Fredrick Toben

    That’s funny – guilt by association?
    I called on Prof Chomsky when I faced the Australian Human Rights Commission’s witch-trial in 1998. We had a telephone conversation – but nothing came of his becoming a witness for me because the Commissioner ruled Chomsky would not be able to assist her in her deliberations.
    After all, she had to decide whether the text I had placed on the Internet website ‘was likely to offend…”. Of course, anything can offend, if you let it, and needless to say I did spent time in prison because I refuse to believe in the official Holocaust-Shoah narrative.

    Dr Fredrick Toben
    Adelaide

  • Chezwick_Mac

    We shouldn't let up on this issue. Chomsky has, through his writing over the years, done much harm to the United States of America and the cause of freedom around the world. These letters are the smoking gun proving the extent of his antisemitism and self-hatred as a Jew…right down to support for holocaust deniers and his unconscionable denunciation of one the great Jews of our time.

    The man is already in the twilight of his career and his life. Time to shatter his myth once and for all…while he's still around to try and defend the indefensible.

    • Morrissey

      You are attempting to turn reality on its head. Probably no other American intellectual has done as much to advance the cause of freedom as Noam Chomsky. Your rant is utterly irrational and does not stand up to any scrutiny. Your claim he is anti-semitic would not be taken seriously by anybody with an IQ above room temperature—I bet even YOU don't believe what you wrote. As for the "self-hatred" theory—that's an invalid point, even if it wasn't moonbat crazy.

      • mghirsch

        Proof please.

      • Larry

        If you weren't such a simple minded jackass you would know that Chumpsky is nothing more than a Jewish Anti-Semite. Yes there are Jewish Anti-Semites.

        • Morrissey

          Perhaps if you read a few books by Chomsky (I'm sure you have not read even one) and dispensed with the unfunny ad hom. putdowns, your opinions might carry a little bit more weight.

      • Chezwick_Mac

        MORRISEY: "Probably no other American intellectual has done as much to advance the cause of freedom as Noam Chomsky."

        RESPONSE: And you accuse me of turning reality on its head? My God, what planet do you live on? Chomsky at different times in his life has been an advocate for a) the PLO and Hamas b) Hezbollah c) Saddam Hussein d) Slobodan Milosevic e) the Soviet Union…all ardent advocates of human freedom (sarcasm, in case it escaped you).

        MORRISSEY: "Your claim he is anti-semitic would not be taken seriously by anybody with an IQ above room temperature—I bet even YOU don't believe what you wrote."

        RESPONSE: The letters referred to in the article above clearly prove his sympathy for holocaust deniers. To me, there is no greater litmus test for the exposition of antisemitism.

        • Morrissey

          Chezwick_Mac: "Chomsky at different times in his life has been an advocate for a) the PLO and Hamas

          CORRECTION: You have clearly not read much (or indeed anything?) by Chomsky. He supports the Palestinian people, but he has been a trenchant critic of the corruption of the PLO. Of course he supports the right of the democratically elected government (Hamas) to administer the Occupied Territories—he is, unlike the Israeli government and its sponsor, a supporter of democracy.

          b) Hezbollah

          CLARIFICATION: Chomsky recognizes, as does anybody who knows anything about Lebanese politics, that Hezbollah is the biggest and most respected Lebanese resistance movement. Since the most recent military victory over Israel by the resistance, the popularity and prestige of Hezbollah has gone through the roof. That's why Hezbollah is the dominant political party in Lebanon.

          c) Saddam Hussein

          CORRECTION: Chomsky has never supported Saddam Hussein. Perhaps you have confused him with Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Margaret Thatcher or Donald Rumsfeld, all of whom supported Saddam even after—especially after— his U.S.-backed military had gassed the town of Hallabja in 1988.

          d) Slobodan Milosevic

          CORRECTION: No he didn't.

          e) the Soviet Union…"

          CORRECTION: No he didn't.

          • Chezwick_Mac

            MORISSEY: "Of course he supports the right of the democratically elected government (Hamas) to administer the Occupied Territories—he is, unlike the Israeli government and its sponsor, a supporter of democracy."

            RESPONSE: Indeed, Hamas is a BEACON of democracy. Have they held elections in Gaza since their capture of power? Do they allow the unfettered activity of opposition parties and media? How sad that you've succumbed to left-wing fantasies.

            Hezbollah…Indeed is the most popular movement in Lebanon…and is also a terrorist organization.

            Saddam Hussein…Chumpsky opposed any effort to reign in Saddam, either via sanctions or intervention. Perhaps your powers of discernment are limited, but that translates into support.

            Milosevic…Chumpsky opposed US efforts to safeguard the Albanian populace of Kosovo from Milosevic's repressions (the one and only time he opposed Muslim interests and perhaps the one and only time he was right).

            Soviet Union…he opposed all US efforts in the Cold War which translates into support for the Soviets.

          • MixMChess

            Morrisey, the Hamas charter calls for the genocide of worldwide Jewry, and many of the top Hamas officials have called for the death of all infidels (again, worldwide).

            Chezwick Mac, don't forget that Chomsky was an ardent advocate of the genocidial Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge regime. Chomsky essentially defended the genocide of over 1 million innocent Cambodians.

          • Chezwick_Mac

            Amen amigo. He's still in denial over it.

            Meanwhile, his early linguistic theories amounted to nothing (he later repudiated them himself) and his political/economic theories are equally absurd…"anarcho-socialism"…where we all work whatever job we want to for pleasure and no pay, and then share in the dirty jobs no one wants to do. What a fail-safe recipe for harnessing human productivity and wealth creation.

          • Morrissey

            1.) "Indeed, Hamas is a BEACON of democracy. Have they held elections in Gaza since their capture of power?"

            RESPONSE: You are joking, right? Since that democratic election, the U.S. and Israel have systematically punished the people of Gaza for not supporting their own approved, obedient candidates—i.e., the people exposed by the release of the Palestine Papers a fortnight ago. Gaza has been half destroyed—or have you forgotten that, as well? Gaza continues to suffer under an illegal blockade, and conditions there are even worse than they were in 2006. You think they—or anyone—can hold an election in those conditions? I have a bridge to sell you, my friend…

            2.) "Do they allow the unfettered activity of opposition parties and media?"
            RESPONSE: Does Israel? How many journalists have been murdered by the government of the Occupied Territories? And how many have been murdered by the Israeli army?

            3.) "How sad that you've succumbed to left-wing fantasies."
            RESPONSE: Left or right has nothing to do with it. Hamas is the democratically elected government of the Occupied Territories. That's a fact.

            4.) "Hezbollah…Indeed is the most popular movement in Lebanon…and is also a terrorist organization."
            RESPONSE: Hezbollah is a national resistance movement. It has political and military wings. To fight against an invading army is not terrorism, it's resistance. Israeli propagandists are infamous for seeking to invert reality, and redefining common words or rendering them meaningless. If you choose, please feel free to go on with your fantastic propaganda, where resistance is terror and aggressors are victims. But you should acknowledge that the rest of the world sees the situation for what it is.

            5.) "Chumpsky opposed any effort to reign [sic!] in Saddam."
            RESPONSE: My friend, if you want anyone to take you seriously—and I am doing you the favor here—you should drop the unfunny play on Chomsky's name. It's unworthy of you, and relegates you to a low intellectual level. Of course, the really offensive thing is not that you fooled with his name, but that you told a really outrageous lie. Chomsky never "opposed any effort to rein in Saddam"—maybe you have confused Chomsky with Ronald Reagan, or Vice-President George H.W. Bush, or Saddam's friend Donald Rumsfeld, who DID oppose any effort to rein in their protégé, crucially vetoing motions of censure against Iraq in the U.N. Security Council following the 1988 Hallabja massacre.

            6.) "Chumpsky [THERE YOU GO AGAIN!] opposed US efforts to safeguard the Albanian populace of Kosovo from Milosevic's repressions…"
            RESPONSE: Chomsky pointed out that bombing Serbia would increase and exacerbate the repressions of the Albanian population. He was right, as events proved.

            7.) "…the one and only time he opposed Muslim interests….
            RESPONSE: This is where your lack of reading and knowledge are problematic. You just don't know what you are talking about. When the U.S. was busy overthrowing democracy in Indonesia in 1965, and installing the dictator General Suharto, the U.S. supported Muslim extremists as a "counterweight" against the democratic socialists. Millions of Indonesians were slaughtered, and Chomsky has written and spoken at great length on this. He condemned the bloody Muslim extremists just as trenchantly as he condemned their U.S. sponsors.

            8.) "…and perhaps the one and only time he was right."
            RESPONSE: Now this is interesting. If Chomsky was opposed to the safeguarding of the Albanians–and he wasn't—he would have been "right", according to you. So whatever is done to Muslims, wherever it's done, and for whatever reason, it's "right", according to you. Can you see any historical parallels for your cast of mind?

            9.) "he opposed all US efforts in the Cold War…"
            RESPONSE: No he did not.

            10.) "…which translates into support for the Soviets."
            RESPONSE: No he did not. As well as embarking on a serious program of reading history, you need to take a course in elementary logic.

          • MixMChess

            "Since that democratic election, the U.S. and Israel have systematically punished the people of Gaza for not supporting their own approved, obedient candidates—i.e., the people exposed by the release of the Palestine Papers a fortnight ago."

            You are LYING. After Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005 there was no blockade of goods. Only after the Gazans elected Hamas (whose Charter calls for the destruction of worldwide Jews) and Hamas fired rockets at Israeli civilian targets, did Israel (and Egypt) impose a LEGAL blockade.

            "Gaza has been half destroyed—or have you forgotten that, as well?"

            Nope, you are LYING. As British journalist Tim Butcher noted after the 2009 Gaza War, "there were no carpet bombing of large areas, no firebombing of complete suburbs. Targets had been selected and then hit, often several times, but almost always with precision munitions. Buildings nearby had been damaged and there had been some clear mistakes… But, in most the cases, I saw the primary target had borne the brunt… For the most part, I was struck by how cosmetically unchanged Gaza appeared to be."

            And as Journalist Yvonne Greene noted in March of 2009: “The Gaza I saw was societally intact. There were no homeless, walking wounded, hungry or underdressed people. The streets were busy, shops were hung with embroidered dresses and gigantic cooking pots, the markets were full of fresh meat and beautiful produce – the red radishes were bigger than grapefruits.”

            Heck, a new mall opened in Gaza in July of 2010!

            "Gaza continues to suffer under an illegal blockade, and conditions there are even worse than they were in 2006."

            Wrong again, international Aid and financial investments to the Gaza Strip has increased since 2009. For instance, in 2009 over 1,025,686 tons of aid, 49,610 tons of cooking gas and 136,097,330 liters of fuel were delivered to the Gaza Strip. In fact, in 2009, over a quarter billion dollars was transferred to the Gaza Strip for humanitarian aid and to pay the salaries of Fatah (terrorist) workers.

          • Morrissey

            1.) "You are LYING."
            No I'm not, and you know it. I'm sure shouting (which you ineptly mimic with your capitalization of the key word) works for you in a real life situation. But I advise you not to do that if you wish to be taken seriously. Your argument has to stand on its own merits, so all your huffing and puffing and screaming won't enhance your argument.

            Okay, let's move on…

            2.) "After Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005 there was no blockade of goods."
            Yes there was, and there still is. Even the Israeli government admits it's blockading Gaza. That's what the Peace Flotillas were trying to do—block the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza. Or are B'Tselem, the Red Cross, Human Rights Watch and the United Nations, all of whom have condemned the blockade, making it all up?

            The hysterical stuff you've written about Hamas is nothing but Israeli propaganda.

            3.) "…journalist Tim Butcher noted after the 2009 Gaza War…"
            You probably don't know and don't care, but Tim Butcher writes for the notorious extreme right wing Daily Telegraph, an openly racist and xenophobic publication, and the closest thing in England to the Volkischer Beobachter. In 1938, the Daily Telegraph mounted a vicious campaign against the allowing into Britain of Jewish refugees from Germany. Its anti-semitic habits have not changed; now the semitic people that it vilifies are the Palestinians. So it should come as no surprise to see Tim Butcher dutifully touring Gaza with his eyes closed. Needless to say, his lies have been negated by volumes of firsthand testimony from honest observers—including Israeli soldiers.

            4.) "Journalist Yvonne Greene noted in March of 2009…the red radishes were bigger than grapefruit."

            Yvonne Green, like Tim Butcher, is not a serious observer. She is in fact the very opposite: a propagandist, determined to close her eyes and see nothing. She and Butcher follow in a distinguished English tradition: in the 1930s, while the Telegraph was mounting anti-Jewish crusades, other journalists and thinkers like Beatrice and Sidney Webb reported back enthusiastically from Soviet Russia, having noticed no signs of starvation, or mass slaughter, or political repression of any kind.

            I'm interested that you quote two journalists who saw nothing, and doubted nothing. Have you ever thought of reading something that might challenge your own prejudices? Like the Goldstone Report? It's easy—it's all on the internet. Start reading, my friend, then report back to us. Okay?

            5.) "international Aid and financial investments to the Gaza Strip has increased since 2009".
            That's nonsense, and you know it. Do you think the people of Gaza are making it all up?

          • MixMChess

            1.) Caps are for emphasis genius, no way to underline or bold my type in intensedebate. I am sure repeating misinformation and fabricating lies might make you feel better about yourself and even trick some of the weak and wary, but it won't work here. works for you in real life situations, but it won't work here.

            Okay, let's move on…

            2.) The blockade of Gaza started in June of 2007 by Israel and Egypt – this is a well known fact. The blockade was a perfectly legal under International law as a response to the Hamas acts of War and War Crimes against Israel (targeting her civilians).

            3 and 4) Of course anyone that doesn't spit out the official Palestinian propaganda narrative is a propagandist themselves. Seriously? I guess I forgot that the Arab Journalists on the Hamas and Fatah payroll are always unbiased and always exhibit the highest standards of professional conduct.

            The facts speak for themselves, Gaza wasn't devastated and Israel immediately pumped over a quarter of a billion dollars into the area to ensure it was rebuilt and back in working order.

            As for the Israel Soldiers and the Goldstone Report. Try reading objective facts, then report back. Okay?
            http://www.soldiersspeakout.com/ http://www.goldstonereport.org/

            Start reading, my friend, then report back to us. Okay?

            5.) Look at the numbers of financial aid to the Gaza Strip. They have increased exponentially since 2009. International aid groups have already pledged a quarter of a billion dollars to the Palestinians. The World Bank reported that the Palestinians have received “the highest per capita aid transfer in the history of foreign aid anywhere." You just don't get it do you?

          • MixMChess

            "Does Israel? How many journalists have been murdered by the government of the Occupied Territories? And how many have been murdered by the Israeli army?"

            Actually, Israel has never murdered any Journalists (Fatah and Hamas may have…). In fact, the most vociferous critics of Israel are Israelis themselves who use their freedom of speech to express their concerns every day. A glance at any Israeli newspaper will reveal a surfeit of articles questioning particular government policies. Of course, unlike Israel, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority regularly censor their news and reporters. Just ask Khaled Abu Toameh.

          • Morrissey

            "Actually, Israel has never murdered any Journalists…"

            You're either a liar in the class of Tzipi Livny or you're incompetent. I'll help you with a few examples…
            EXAMPLE No. 1: From 2000 to 2003, Israeli troops killed four journalists…. http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0503-03.h

            EXAMPLE NO. 2: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Miller_(filmma

            EXAMPLE NO. 3: (from 2008) http://www.buzzle.com/articles/190306.html
            A Palestinian journalist who died in Gaza yesterday was killed by metal flechette darts from a shell fired by an Israeli tank, doctors said today.

            Thousands gathered for the funeral of Fadel Shana, 23, a Reuters television cameraman. His body was carried through the streets of Gaza City, draped in a Palestinian flag. His television camera and bloodied flak jacket were carried on a second stretcher next to his body.

            Reuters said X-rays taken by doctors at Gaza's main Shifa hospital showed several inch-long flechettes embedded in Shana's chest and legs as well as his flak jacket. His jacket was marked with a fluorescent "Press" sign and his car, which was not armored, was marked "Press" and "TV".

            Flechettes are small, metal darts contained in some tank shells which explode above the ground and can cover a wide area. They have been used in different forms in conflicts since the first world war and have been used by the Israeli military in the past in Gaza. In April 2003 the Israeli high court rejected a petition filed by two human rights groups asking for flechette shells to be banned in Gaza.

            The Israeli military today refused to discuss which weapons it had used…

            EXAMPLE No. 4: This is from Haaretz, in August last year…
            Published 12:52 03.08.10Latest update 15:47 03.08.10
            3 Lebanese soldiers, journalist killed in clash on Israel-Lebanon border
            By Jack Khoury, Haaretz Service and News Agencies
            Israel Defense Forces exchanged fire with the Lebanese army on Tuesday, killing three Lebanese soldiers and a Lebanese journalist…

            EXAMPLE No.5: http://www.cpj.org/2008/08/cpj-delegation-urges-i
            At least nine journalists have been killed in the West Bank and Gaza since 2001, eight in shooting by Israeli Defense Forces.

            You need to do a bit of serious reading, my friend. You know virtually nothinig about the situation in the Occupied Territories, or for that matter, in Israel.

            That's SERIOUS reading, my friend.

          • MixMChess

            Morrissey, Morrissey, Morrissey, you have no clue what happens in the Palestinian territories do you? Military operations are dangerous business, and journalists risk their lives when they enter conflict zones. There is no doubt that Journalists have been tragically killed, but Israel has never intentionally targeted (murder) legitimate journalists.
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL8ANySuSuk

          • Morrissey

            So you're saying that the mighty, technologically non-pareil Israeli military accidentally killed eight journalists?

            I know that emotionally you are not quite ready to admit the obvious about the Holy State. Some of the most brilliant men and women of the last century turned a blind eye to everything that happened in Stalin's Russia—so you are morally no worse than the Webbs or H.G. Wells or George Bernard Shaw.

            But I don't think you are stupid enough to actually believe your own rhetoric. You know the Israeli military targeted those journalists.

          • MixMChess

            Israel doesn't target journalists, plain and simple. Of course, when Journalists hide out with known terrorists (such as Hamas) they are take an incredible risk. In fact, Hamas is well known for using journalists and children as human shields to elicit sympathy from morons like you.

          • Morrissey

            Okay, you go on saying that Israel doesn't target journalists. Let's say they were just warning shots gone wrong.

            Your recycling of the lie about Hamas using human shields has been conclusively discredited. Read the Goldstone Report—-although it is full of complaints by locals about the Hamas administration, not one mentions that Hamas fighters hid in hospitals or schools, or any civilian areas, as the Israeli propaganda machine claimed and continues to claim. Israeli soldiers say the same thing.

            The human shields allegation is a fabrication.

          • MixMChess

            "Read the Goldstone Report—-although it is full of complaints by locals about the Hamas administration, not one mentions that Hamas fighters hid in hospitals or schools, or any civilian areas, as the Israeli propaganda machine claimed and continues to claim. Israeli soldiers say the same thing."

            You are lying again, and based on your fabrication it's clear you never bothered to read the Goldstone report (no surprise there). From the Goldstone Report:

            “On the basis of the information gathered, the Mission found that Palestinian armed groups were present in urban areas during the military operations & launched rockets from urban areas. Palestinian armed groups, where they launched attacks close to civilian or protected buildings, unnecessarily exposed the civilian population of Gaza to danger."

          • MixMChess

            "The human shields allegation is a fabrication."

            You're either incredibly ignorant about the region or a complete idiot.

            Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV called upon children to form a human shield at the home of Abu al-Hatal of the a-Shouqaf quarter of Sajaiyeh in order to protect the building from an anticipated IDF air strike.

            Al-Aqsa TV News broadcast a story about how a crowd of civilians gathered on the roof of Abu Bilal al-Ja’abeer in the Northern Gaza strip, in order cause the IDF to abort a threatened airstrike against the structure.

            Al-Aqsa TV called upon the Palestinians in the northern Gaza Strip to go to the house of Othman al-Ruziana in order to protect it against an anticipated IDF strike (February 29).

            Al-Aqsa TV called upon the residents of Khan Yunis to gather at the house of Ma’amoun Abu ‘Amer due to an anticipated airstrike. An hour later dozens of Palestinians from Khan Yunis were reported to have gathered on the roof of Abu ‘Amer’s house to serve as human shields to prevent the house from being hit.

            Excerpts from a speech by Hamas MP Fathi Hammad, broadcast on Al-Aqsa TV:
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTu-AUE9ycs

          • MixMChess

            More video evidence of Hamas using Civilians and Children as human shields:
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWQQFJXMrg4

            Another brave Hamas fighter hiding behind a child:
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J08GqXMr3YE

            Hamas using a civilian building to fire a "grad" rocket at Israel:
            http://blog.camera.org/archives/2009/01/news_stat

            In fact, Palestinians even admit that Hamas uses civilian areas as human shields. In the NY Times it was reported that Shireen Shihab, 30, a resident of Gaza City, said that she had "seen Hamas fighters firing rockets toward Israel from a site two blocks away from her home. She said she and others could not express any opposition for fear of being labeled spies."
            http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/06/world/middleeas

            Seriously, try reading (I know its a brave concept for you).

          • Zak

            I would drop my own comments, a library of resources, but it seems like Morrissey has really done the job for me. Respect for taking the time to drop the sources, bring up the points, everything easily found when you look at Chomsky's works. To even claim that he lies, misrepresents or is "incorrect" about anything is to admit that you have no knowledge of his work, nor have you cared to look up the thousands of references he cites.

            HAMAS and Hezbollah are terrorist groups, there is no siege/blockade of Gaza, the zionists withdrew form Gaza, Chomsky is a self hating Jew, holocaust denier, anit-zionist, supporter of dictators (like pol pot). Comments that make for wonderful rhetoric, as can be seen by a handful of Americans and zionists who repeat this nonsense, but have no standing once you look at the facts.

            Goldstone report, UN resolution, world court rulings, definitions of terrorism by formal U.S. documentation, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, B'Tselem, New York Times, Financial Times, NSC documents, Intelligence reports, science, medical and military journals. All the sources Chomsky cites when he drops his knowledge.

            Nice try guys, but Morrissey's on point.

          • MixMChess

            "Hezbollah is a national resistance movement. It has political and military wings."

            Hezbollah, backed by Iran and Syria, is a terrorist organization that calls for the worldwide genocide of Jews and seeks to establish a radical-Islamic government in Lebanon and across the Arab world.

            "To fight against an invading army is not terrorism, it's resistance."

            In June of 2000 the UN confirmed that Israel had completely withdrew from Lebanon. So what is Hezbollah supposedly "resisting" against?

            "Israeli propagandists are infamous for seeking to invert reality, and redefining common words or rendering them meaningless."

            Yawn… Pali-Nazi propagandists are infamous for inverting reality, the truth and redefining common words or rendering them meaningless.

        • sef

          at times the US supported Saddam , as for PLO you can not really know the complete obliteration of a people called Palestinians , no one accepts suicide bombers but somehow expanding settlements are ok please

    • ajnn

      "The Fateful Triangle", among Chomsky's other bits of fiction, is quite a mess.

      The contents and claims are actually contradicted by ARAB sources; see memoirs of Anwar Sadat and Boutros-Ghali. I refer to the claims that Israel was uninterested in a negotiated peace with Egypt through the 1970's. Also, that Israel and the US kept the PLO (Arafat and the Palestinian Arabs) out of the Egypt peace talks. (Arafat declined to join, denounced the talks, and got Egypt kicked out of the Arab league but failed to get Egypt banned from the 'Non-Aligned Conference'.)

      It is remarkable that Chomsky has any reputation at all after comparing his claims in that book (Fateful Triangle) with Arab sources like the momoirs of Sadat and Boutros-Ghali. Amazingly, the book enhanced his reputation among many. This is a remarkable bit of hypocrisy and herd-thinking.

    • J-Bentham

      Chomsky is a legend. He has spoken out more strongly against Holocaust denial than I'm sure many of you have. He understands something that's been understood outside fascist circles for centuries: that defending someone's right to say something and defending what someone is saying are two different things.

    • Rose

      Did someone pay you to say that stuff?

  • Max

    What exactly does this prove? No facts at all, just a tantrum.

  • Amused

    For decades , the hate monger Chomsky , has charaded as an intellectual , when in fact, the alleged objectivity he claims to have , is a phony facade for his unmitigated hatred of Israel , and the US .What's worse, he has been spreading his virus virtually unchallenged by the intelectual world . These "revelations/letters" should come as no surprise to anyone who has even superficially reviewed the work of this highly opinionated and totally SUBJECTIVE hypocrite . " Disinterested " ??? Hardly !

  • rebcca

    the more you write about a person you making him popular. he does not deserve any comments. i cannot understand these horrible people. my whole family was burned in austria. doe he not see the pictures, and also the soldiers who liberated the camps. that means we all liars. ellie w, is a great man .. i just want you to know i am 88 years old and have seen alot. i fear for isreal now. i have never hated anyone as i do now. i feel bad about it. thanks for listening. rebecca

  • Neil

    Chomsky, unfortunately, has a huge following among the "beautiful people", a.k.a., the far-left moonbats. Unfortunately, too, he has a following among those who hold a lot of sway in politics, even though it's been proven time and time again, that he's a fake, phony and a fraud. Ms. Shaidle's article is just one more piece of evidence of Chomsky's dishonesty. However, his standing among the the far left will remain steadfast, as they, too, share his disdain for America/Israel.

    • Morrissey

      Yes, Chomsky has a huge following among the "beautiful people", as you point out sourly. But more importantly, he has a huge following amongst the intelligent people, the serious people, the thoughtful people and the compassionate people.

      Even the New York Times, that faithful and largely unquestioning conduit of the Pentagon and the State Department, admits that Chomsky is "arguably, the most important intellectual of our time."

  • wingwiper

    Noam Chomsky is not a "hate monger" nor is he a "holocaust denier" for having taken a stern look at a number of Zionist assumptions which burden Israel, Palestine and the Middle East. I've watched him in public debate over the years, and have read one of his books – a small and highly interesting slender volume entitled "The Fateful Triangle" – apropos of peace and war in Israel. While I am not thoroughly conversant about all he has said and done, I have always rather admired him in much the same way I adrmire David Horowitz. They both call our attention to complicated and sometimes awkward truths.

    It is fascinating to see, again, so many take delight in naming Chomsky a Leftist enemy of American Freedom when so many ON the Left find him practically despicable. As for his comment concerning Wiesel, that does seem a bit over the top; yet, there have been times when I myself have deemed things the great man says to be in a category similar to the way other one-issue humanitarians such as Al Sharpton pick scabs better left to heal.

    Israel will be fine, and we shall help them see to it; Chomsky and Sharpton and Wiesel nothwithstanding.

    • ajnn

      "The Fateful Triangle" is quite a mess.

      The contents and claims are actually contradicted by ARAB sources; see memoirs of Anwar Sadat and Boutros-Ghali.

      It is remarkable that Chomsky has any reputation at all after comparing his claims in that book (Fateful Triangle) with Arab sources like the momoirs of Sadat and Boutros-Ghali. Amazingly, the book enhanced his reputation among many. This is a remarkable bit of hypocrisy and herd-thinking.

      • Morrissey

        You haven't read it, have you?

        • ajnn

          Yes, I have.

          That is why I cite materials that directly contradict whole sections of chomsky's fictional account.

          See specifically chomsky's fictional claims about 'diplomatic record'.

  • jacob

    In regards to all the garbage this despicable pseudointellectual may spew,
    I can only remind all the morons swallowingf his crap line, hook and sinker,
    that when General EISENHOWER ordered filmed all what was found in the concentration camps when the US forces entered there there, he said it
    wasn;t going to take long for bastards to claim that was found there never
    happened….and we have been tolerating it longer than we should…

    UNFORTUNATELY, WE LIVE IN A ROTTEN WORLD OF CONSECRATED
    REPUTATIONS AND CONCEITED NULLITIES

  • wadewainio

    Chomsky routinely discusses crimes in the past, including the holocaust. I highly doubt anyone can prove that Chomsky denies the holocaust. His condemnation of it is shown in the words below: "I described the Holocaust years ago as the most fantastic outburst of insanity in human history, so much so that if we even agree to discuss the matter we demean ourselves. Those statements and numerous others like them are in print, but they're basically irrelevant because you have to understand that this is part of a Stalinist-style technique to silence critics of the holy state and therefore the truth is entirely irrelevant, you just tell as many lies as you can and hope that some of the mud will stick…" http://www.chomsky.info/books/dissent01.htm

    Thankfully, Chomsky is a fervent believer in free speech, so no one here is subject to judicial punishment for any libellous claims.

    • Neil

      Thank you.

  • wadewainio

    We should try to not be stupid about this. We should remember that lies against Chomsky have been retracted before (at least one example: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2005/nov2005/chom-n2…. Now let's consider why Chomsky might have called Wiesel a "fraud". The context of the alleged statement is clear from the get-go: "[Wiesel's] attitude towards Israel is essentially the same as that of the Communist party members towards the USSR, or of ‘good Germans’ towards the Nazis." In other words, even in your article he makes no defense of the Nazis, and clearly suggests a stupid subservience of "good Germans."

    • wadewainio

      -2 points for what? Pointing out that Chomsky doesn't actually deny the holocaust, that he doesn't defend Nazis and that lies against Chomsky were retracted in the past? I guess basic facts are unpopular in these parts.

  • wadewainio

    So what then do we have, if it's indeed an authentic series of leaked letters? Not much. The article is condemning Chomsky for writing letters to someone of ill repute, while he doesn't even share this person's views (again, he suggests Nazis were stupid and servile, but adds that supporters of Israel's policies are much the same — all while saying nothing about the holocaust not happening).
    I will be dismissed as a "Chomskyite," undoubtedly. However, I feel the need to defend people against such pathetic smear tactics. After all, they can be used on anyone regardless of their political ideas.

  • wadewainio

    Let's be clear:
    If I have correspondance and happen to agree with someone on certain points, it hardly means I echo all of this person's views, or that I know everything about the person's background or overall beliefs. Nor should I be villified to no end for failing to learn everything about who I'm talking to. Also, if I agree to let someone use material I've written, I should not be seen as echoing that person's views perfectly.

    But distortions are common — enough to make me wonder what archeologists would think of us many decades from now. Would they be able to understand anyone's views about anything, or would they be twisted so as to lack any meaning? One may not be able to see anything the same as the other.

    • wadewainio

      Again, why a thumbs down? Anyone with any intellectual merit could understand my point.

  • thesystemworks

    A secular leftist of Jewish extraction attacks Elie Wiesel, an Orthodox Jew who has had universal appeal. This appeal of Elie Wiesel appeared though he did not talk airy-fairy universal brotherhood of the workers that the leftists do. That drives the Chomskyites nuts, as they want to dilute the message of the Holocaust to suit their own agenda, especially denying Jews the right to self-determination in the Jewish National Home.

  • USMCSniper

    It is laughable that a charlatan and a fraud like Noam Chompsky would have the cajones to ever call anyone else a fraud. From the pround intellect of Forest Gump's mother: "Stupid is as stupid does."

  • Ghostwriter

    Amazing. On one hand we have Elie Wiesel,a respected man who has documented the Holocaust and has spoken out against anti-semitism. On the other hand we have Noam Chomsky,who has praised the depraved likes of Pol Pot,Fidel Castro,and numerous other dictators and has attacked his own country repeatedly and found common cause with her enemies. Guess who I side with. As for Chomsky,I still say he makes a good villain in any movie,tv show,novel or comic book.

    • Morrissey

      Ghostwriter is more than just a tad bewildered. I'll comment on just the most egregious of what we will charitably call his errors…

      "Noam Chomsky,who has praised the depraved likes of Pol Pot,"—

      CORRECTION: No he has never praised or supported Pol Pot. Maybe you have confused him with the United States government, which certainly did support the Khmer Rouge.

      "Fidel Castro,"

      COMMENT: Chomsky holds no brief for Castro He has often written in support of dissidents in Cuba. Like all decent people, however, he supports Cuban independence and condemns the illegal U.S. blockade of Cuba. By the way: you put Castro next to the name of Pol Pot, as if there is some kind of a link. Why would you do that? The United States government has never supported Castro, in contrast to its support for Pol Pot.

      "and numerous other dictators"

      CORRECTION: No he has not. You cannot provide even one example of that. Perhaps, once again, you have confused Chomsky for someone in the State Department?

      " and has attacked his own country repeatedly"

      CORRECTION: He is a dissident intellectual who criticises the abuses and crimes of the United States government. That is not "attacking his country", as you so dyspeptically phrase it.

      " and found common cause with her enemies."

      CORRECTION: To speak out against torture, kidnapping and "rendition", illegal surveillance, the systematic undermining and crushing of democracy is what dissidents do. Chomsky has never, ever "found common cause with the enemies" of the United States. He speaks out just as forcefully against regimes like Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah as he does against vassal states of the U.S. such as Australia, Israel and the United Kingdom.

      • Neil Hodge

        Well done, thank you.

    • mich mee

      Can you provide a source (from Chomsky's actual writings) for any of your claims that Chomsky has supported Pol Pot, et al? I think not.

  • 080

    Any fraud that can trump Chomsky has not yet been invented. He has a monopoly of fake,phony, shams and charades that exists. And that's not even a sentence. This guy's Chutzpah consists of scavenging leftist claptrap magazines and palming it off as academic research. And his research is in the muddy waters of linguistics in ;which he is fond of digging up murky linguistic theories that produce no results.

  • 080

    Any fraud that can trump Chomsky has not yet been invented. He has a monopoly of fake,phony, shams and charades that exists. And that's not even a sentence. This guy's Chutzpah consists of scavenging leftist claptrap magazines and palming it off as academic research. And his research is in the muddy waters of linguistics in ;which he is fond of digging up murky linguistic theories that produce no results.

  • Bugs

    Chomsky has more fans that Michael Jackson! And they make as much sense when they defend him against evil conservative bloggers!

  • NYPD (ret.)

    This is weak attempt to smear the man. He responds to all letters he receives. In the pre-internet days, it was a lot harder to screen every person who contacted you. He's even insulting Holocaust deniers in one of the passages provided. This says less about Chomsky than it does about the desperation of his detractors.

  • BUTSeriously

    Chomps will be remembered as a modern day Dathan. He exposes genocidal lies impudently as a candy coated triple job for the Pretend Pals. At least the Nazis were honest about it.

  • cgerber

    Chomsky is a fraud himself, think about it. What has he accomplished, created, added value to exept hide his Inferior racist mind. I believe it was Vladimir Lenin who came up with the name for those Western Liberal/Progressive intellectuals as " Usefull Idiots" There is a renouned veteran forensic psychiatrist who states that these type of people are actually mentally damged and diseased! Here ist the article "http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=116644" "The roots of liberalism – and its associated madness – can be clearly identified by understanding how children develop from infancy to adulthood and how distorted development produces the irrational beliefs of the liberal mind," he says. "When the modern liberal mind whines about imaginary victims, rages against imaginary villains and seeks above all else to run the lives of persons competent to run their own lives, the neurosis of the liberal mind becomes painfully obvious. , They are all "Kiilers without concience"! Note none of them migrate, to Russia, China, Iran Syria, Cuba or live with the torturouse regimes in Africa. All the while trashing western and the USA culture.

    • dre

      please take time to read a little……… neoliberalism is main force of all that follows

  • skullnboner

    Chomsky is right. Weisel is a total fraud of the most sickenly vile type.

  • pkunzip

    please

  • pkunzip

    haha this website censors "bad language". You guys are right-wing corporate Christians.

    • free

      so much for free speech kind of like free enterprise free for who?

  • Carol Rae Bradford

    Great site, but we love Chomsky. He's brought out the truth on the M.E. and other subjects many, many times. May he continue!

  • Dr. Tony

    Chomsky is a dangerous man because he tells the truth.

    The holohoax allows Israel to steal Palestinian land and commit genocide today.

  • Benjamin

    I love chomsky and I am a jew he speaks the truth, the person who wrote this article needs to get a brain lol

  • Jim Dean

    This is a hoot. Frontpage is widely known throughout all the intelligence community as an Israeli Intel asset, and here they are doing the work a good asset is supposed to do…divert atttention toward all those 'concerened about Israel'.

    David, Don't bother sending my name to the Israelis. They already have it. But maybe someday we can post the file on FrontPage…where the money came from, the people, their past and current connections. It's veryyyyy interesting.

    Here is a little primer on Israeli espionage in America. http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/02/08/jim-w-dea

  • Sandite30

    This website a a complete propaganda machine. You guys have ran a Chomsky smear article every few days like clock work. Disgusting.

  • wadewainio

    I found this to be true right away. And, as I already noted, the link points to Chomsky for no good reason. In the quotes he says nothing positive about Nazis.

    Unfortunately for Israel's government, not all Jews think alike.
    They could, for example, choose not to have unquestioning loyalty, or to not defend certain actions.
    In other words, though there are obvious attempts at crystallizing a "Jewish" state structure, even the hardest efforts at it will be thwarted by conflicts of interests, different attitudes on different days and spontaneous reasoning.
    That's why I think it's perfectly reasonable to talk about changing the structure of Israel, especially in a revolutionary way.

  • littlegreyrabbit

    Perhaps the "Major Fraud of Our Time" related to the fact that lacking an Auschwitz tattoo, it appears that Elie Wiesel plagiarised his story from someone else?
    http://littlegreyrabbit.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/

    That is fairly major fraud.

  • db

    dafuq is wrong with u, fpm? he’s fuckin’ right as rain

  • QSuzy

    Except hitler being Jewish is a very old, untrue charge.

  • QSuzy

    That's simply not true. There's probably over 1,000 theories that say Hitler was Jewish and they've all been proven untrue. Hitler was a Christian, not a good one, but one just the same.

  • QSuzy

    Whoever made that comment knew zero about Judaism. Hitler and his nazis were very good at using Christianity to get the German people fired up.