Facts Matter: The War on Terror
Doris Lessing, the eminent British writer, once said of Tony Blair: “He believes in magic. That if you say a thing, it’s true.” She could describing George Bush. The American president, who has commented that he has “war on his mind,” proudly proclaims that he goes by his “gut” instinct when he makes decisions. That’s scary. Stated simply, facts matter. Shortly after 9/11, Bush declared a “war on terror,” not knowing or recalling that years before Ronald Reagan beat him to the slogan. Anyway, some heads did turn. Gore Vidal found it absurd. “It’s like a war on dandruff,” he observed
Noam Chomsky, by any measure, has led a most extraordinary life. In one index he is ranked as the eighth most cited person in history, right up there with Aristotle, Shakespeare, Marx, Plato and Freud. His contributions to modern linguistics are legendary. In addition to his pioneering work in that field, he has been a leading voice for peace and social justice for many decades. Chris Hedges says he is “America’s greatest intellectual” who “makes the powerful, as well as their liberal apologists, deeply uncomfortable.” The New Statesman calls him “the conscience of the American people.” He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT and Laureate Professor of Linguistics and Haury Chair in the Program in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona. At 93, he is still active; writing and giving interviews to the media all over the world. He is the author of scores of books, his latest are Consequences of Capitalism, Chronicles of Dissent and Notes on Resistance.