Monday, July 25, 2011

"Noam Chomsky: My Reaction to Osama bin Laden’s Death"

This argumentative article written by Noam Chomsky allows us to look at Osama Bin Laden's death differently in comparison to how Americans and the American News expected, and wanted the world to view it. Published in Guernica - "a magazine of art & politics" Chomsky's article raises a lot of unique, and interesting topics.

What initially grabbed my attention is the excerpt from the article, and the subheading,

"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".

Chomsky says this in comparison to how Iraq responded to the assassination of Bin Laden, and puts his death into a more realistic perspective for Americans and the world. Bin Laden in 2002 was only "believed" by the FBI to have "plot[ed what] was hatched in Afghanistan [...]". Chomsky also brings to our attention that Bin Laden never had a fair trial once he was captured, but rather shot to his death inhumanly. Bin Laden's "famous" confession says Chomsky was not a confession at all, but in reality Bin Laden was proud and "boasting" about this "great achievement".

Chomsky looks at each country's perspective (U.S.A. & Iraq) and compares them. He states how Washington was angry with Pakistan for not handing over Bin Laden. However, no one sympathises with Pakistan and their anger towards the U.S. for, "invading their territory and carrying out a political assassination".

This article concludes by allowing its readers to comtemplate the above & other facts not mentioned in this summary for ourselves. There is a link at the bottom of the article that leads us to "Hitchens Distorts Noam Chomsky" by George Scialabba, which is related to Chomsky's above article. It too is an interesting read, and one that is unlike most of the American media.

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