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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Chomsky-Lover Set Free (Unfortunately)

Turkey's infamous law allowing the government to prosecute anyone who criticizes "being Turkish" is the sort of aspect of being Turkish that keeps Turkey rooted in Islamist funk and not yet ready for prime time as a nation.

But, oh how I wish it had been enforced in its full draconian splendor in the case of Fatih Tas.

Tas was charged with not being Turkish for translating yet another anti-American rant by Noam Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent. I'm for freedom of speech and all, but I think serious jail time is merited for even thinking like Chomsky, let alone translating and publishing his work.

That Chomsky can cling to Communism in the face of the blood it has spilled and freedom it has crushed is testimony to the levels of sheer stubborness and hatred the human brain is capable of. Islamist dictators have kissed up to Communism in the past with disasterous results, so we don't need him and his notorious anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism in the hands of a bunch of jihadists.

Of course I'm kidding about the trial of Fatih Tas. It never should have occurred and the law under which he was charged is an ongoing abomination used to cover Turkey's Islamist, fascist tendencies. Indeed, Tas wasn't charged because Chomsky's book criticized America; he was charged because Chomsky said America and Turkey were in kahoots in persecuting the Kurds.

I don't care who criticicizes Turkey about its persecution of Kurds and Armenians. I don't care if Chomsky focused his criticism only on persecution of the Communist, terrorist PKK branch of Kurds. Turkey needs to face its sins, and this law refuses to allow that.

The book in question, by the way, has as its primary purpose the painting of the mass media as propaganda machines for government.
It is [the media's] function to amuse, entertain, and inform, and to inculcate individuals with the values, beliefs and codes of behavior that will integrate them into the institutional structures of the larger society. In a world of concentrated wealth and major conflicts of class interest, to fulfill this role requires systematic propaganda. (source)
I guess the left-wing media just isn't Communist enough for the learned Mr. Chomsky.

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