- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 9, 2004

Hate on the left

“One of the main reasons Noam Chomsky’s political views are taken seriously in universities and the media is because he has an awesome reputation for scientific accomplishment in the field of linguistics. … Last year the New Yorker called him ‘one of the greatest minds of the 20th century.’

“Were it not for this status, many of his obsessive and outlandish political ideas would by now have disqualified him from reasoned debate. He thinks every president of the United States since Franklin Roosevelt should have been impeached because ‘they’ve all been either outright war criminals or involved in serious war crimes.’

“He claims the United States actively collaborated with the Nazis against the Soviet Union in the latter stages of World War II. … He describes Israel as a terror state with ‘points of similarity’ to the Third Reich. And he has defended an anti-Semitic French academic who claims the Holocaust was a ‘historical lie.’ …

“These days, Chomsky’s denunciations of Israel dispense with the once-familiar distinction between Zionists and Jews. He has become a proponent of outright anti-Semitism.”

Keith Windschuttle, writing on “A disgraceful career,” in the September issue of the New Criterion

Mr. & Mrs. America

“The Founders believed that American citizens should not only be allowed to run their own lives, but should be capable of doing so and responsible for doing so. … ‘The foundations of national morality must be laid in private families,’ John Adams wrote in his diary in 1778. …

“European observers of the new world, including Alexis de Tocqueville, were impressed by the egalitarian, youthful spirit of the American family. … Unlike ‘the respectful and frigid observances of aristocratic families,’ Tocqueville observed, democratic families enjoy a ‘familiar intimacy, which renders authority less absolute. … [A] species of equality prevails around the domestic hearth.’ …

“You won’t hear much about this historical background in the current debate over gay marriage. …

“The Founders envisioned a very specific sort of institution, one that would nourish a republic of equal, self-governing citizens. The evolution of marriage over the past 40 years has undermined that vision. Gay marriage threatens to sabotage it even further.”

Kay S. Hymowitz, writing on “Gay Marriage vs. American Marriage,” in the summer issue of City Journal

The ‘T-word’

“The press … generally shies away from the word ‘terrorist,’ preferring euphemisms. Take the assault that led to the deaths of some 400 people, many of them children, in Beslan, Russia, on Sept. 3. Journalists have delved deep into their thesauruses, finding at least 20 euphemisms for terrorists:

“Assailants (National Public Radio) … gunmen (Reuters) … insurgents (in a New York Times headline) … militants (Chicago Tribune) … radicals (BBC) … separatists (the Christian Science Monitor). And my favorite: activists (the Pakistan Times). …

“Politically correct news organizations undermine their credibility with such subterfuges. …

“It is bad enough that only one of five articles discussing the Beslan atrocity mentions its Islamist origins; worse is the miasma of words that insulates the public from the evil of terrorism.”

Daniel Pipes, writing on “They’re Terrorists Not Activists,” Tuesday in the New York Sun

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