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George Scialabba: Hitchens Distorts Noam Chomsky | Guernica

George Scialabba on how “panting polemicist” Christopher Hitchens’s remarks against Noam Chomsky are evidence of a widespread and troubling failure among intellectuals.

By George Scialabba

After 9/11, Noam Chomsky wrote that, from a historical point of view, what was new about the murder of 3000 civilians was that it was carried out against the United States rather than by the United States. Our national conversation about 9/11, he suggested, ought to include some reflection on the question raised by President Bush in the bombing’s immediate aftermath: “Why do they hate us?”

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