And this is how we know.
He ignores the easily available confessions bin Laden offered before openly declaring war on the United States. He ignores the difference between attacking military targets and attacking voting civilians. He ignores the fact that most of the deaths in Iraq were at the hands of our enemies, and most of the deaths in Afghanistan were at the hands of Osama bin Laden’s soldiers. He ignores the difference between a dictatorial leader who holds power through military strength and a democratically elected representative. He defers to the circus of “international law” rather than relating morality to principles based on human equality.
In other words, he believes in defining truth by vote, but for some reason places no value on choosing leaders by vote. This man is a maniac, with a very warped perspective on the world.
And his point about Americans naming their fighting machines after their victims? He doesn’t even realize that the reason we name our weapons “Apache” and “Tomahawk” is out of admiration for the fighting skills of those old cultures (not to mention the fact that “tomahawk” actually refers to a weapon used by those cultures, not the cultures themselves). It’s almost a romanticized idealism putting them above us that leads to naming conventions like that, not some sort of sick attempt at taunting the ghosts of the past.
Yet, Chomsky believes we Americans are no better than bin Laden. But of course, all we have to do to prove him wrong is let him live. I mean, we call him an idiot, but we don’t go and try to blow him up for his disgusting opinions.