Noam Chomsky Critiques My Iraq War Essay

So I wrote to Noam Chomsky, fowarding him an 800 word essay I crafted for a contest for The Nation.

The essay “Withdrawal” was the product of a lot of collected conclusions about the Iraq War, my response to a prompt regarding the most important issue for young people in the 2008 United States Election. My hope is to win a ton of bragging rights and a thousand bucks. I would like to flash it on “Spectacle Monopolized,” but any hope of keeping good terms with The Nation‘s editorial or legal team means that I must waste some good copy’s possible public exposure until futher notice. However, Dr. Noam Chomsky got a sneak preview. The following is what he sent back:

Thanks for sending. Very well put. On the higher level of opposition today than in the 60s, you’re quite right. Opposition did grow in the 60s, but it took a long time, and only really became significant when the US attack on Indochina — which is what it should be called — reached a far higher level of intensity than the Iraq war today, awful as it is.

One side comment. The “baby-killer” story is mostly propaganda. It might have happened here and there, but if so, it was quite a marginal phenomenon. There has been some scholarship trying to track it down, but without much success. It mostly reduces to “I heard that….” In reality, the anti-war movement was highly supportive of soldiers. That’s why there were GI coffee houses near bases, and many other supportive actions. Activists were opposing the civilian leadership, just like now

NC

4 comments to Noam Chomsky Critiques My Iraq War Essay

  • Awesome things here. I’m very happy to peer your article. Thanks a lot and I’m taking a look ahead to contact you.
    Will you kindly drop me a e-mail?

  • Understood. I’ll read the aforementioned post in May.

    Good luck with the contest!

    -Michael

  • Michael,
    I can’t post the exact essay because it could potentially cut me out of winning the nation contest if I publish it. It’s actually quite a bit like a post I made in May, “The Most Important Issue For Young People,” but I cut it down and polished it up.

    Here’s hoping for the best.

  • Cool. It’s great that you received a response from Dr. Chomsky. I have read several books he has written, and I admire his intelligence and courage. Can you post a link to your essay? I would love to read it.

    -Michael Phillips