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  •  one strange thing about Chomsky (4+ / 0-)

    Chomsky has written quite a bit about the wars in the Balkans during the 1990s. I can't claim to have read everything he's written on the subject, but I've read my fair share. Here's something that's curiously missing:

    Any plain, unequivocal condemnation of Serbia.

    If you can find one, please point me to it.

    You'd think Chomsky cares about war crimes and oppression, right? So here's a country that starts four wars in a decade, whose army and paramilitaries kill about 110,000 innocent civilians (100,000 in Bosnia, 10,000 in Kosovo), displace about 3 million people (2 in Bosnia, 1 in Kosovo), rape tens of thousands of women, and commit genocide (in Srebrenica, but I argue that Operation Horseshoe was in fact genocide).

    What does Chomsky write about this? He condemns NATO for intervening. That take some serious willful ignorance. Any hint of acknowledgment by him that Serbia committed atrocities is quickly followed by a stronger denunciation of the US, NATO, bullshit about atrocities on all sides, etc.

    Don't believe me? Try this (as I did): pick up Failed States, go to the index, and read every entry in the book about Bosnia and Kosovo.

    When someone exhibits this type of extraordinary and systematic bias, I don't care very much about what they think in any realm.

    •  For those who read the above comment (2+ / 0-)
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      greeseyparrot, genocideisnews

      If you are so inclined to accept verbatim the the text in the comment, so be it. If you are more curious as to the beginnings and purpose of the whole affair and would like a spin that is not all "nightly news" inspired, please watch the documentary "The Weight of Chains" - it's out there with the help of a little googling or a visit to


      by FakeNews on Sun May 22, 2011 at 07:12:42 PM PDT

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    •  Sorry, but having listened to Chomsky for years (2+ / 0-)
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      RanDomino, genocideisnews

      your comment doesn't ring true.

    •  Not strange or extraordinary (1+ / 0-)
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      just not the focus of his critique.  I suspect the quibble will lead to some justification for intervening, but that's just a wild guess...

      In this interview, he explains his position to my satisfaction.  

      This one is pretty good, too, and it's more in depth.

      “The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway” ~ Henry Boye~

      by Terranova0 on Mon May 23, 2011 at 12:43:04 PM PDT

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      •  he's full of shit (0+ / 0-)

        Just a few gems from the videos:

        - The majority of killings before 1999, about 2000, were committed by the KLA.

        That's completely absurd.

        - Operation Horseshoe (the Serbian plan to expel Kosovo's population) was Western propaganda.

        So 800,000 Kosovar Albanians are expelled from Kosovo, and another 200,000 displaced internally, all of them by Serb soldiers and paramilitaries, and they all go back after the Serbs withdraw, but the Serbs didn't actually have a plan to expel Kosovo's population?

        - A long discussion of genocide, but not a word about Bosnia or Srebrenica.

        He sure knows dates and numbers, but doesn't know about the 8,000 men and boys killed by Serbs in Srebrenica alone, about the rape camps, about the other 90,000+ Bosnians killed?

        I do find this kind of mental contortion extraordinary for someone considered an intellectual. It's not just a matter of "focus", but of wholesale denial.

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