Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Amnesty International Completes Its Descent Into Chomskyism

Amnesty International has issued a new human rights report which could have been culled, word for word, from Chomsky's recent writings:

"The global security agenda promulgated by the US administration is bankrupt of vision and bereft of principle," wrote Amnesty's secretary general Irene Khan in the report's introduction.

"Sacrificing human rights in the name of security at home, turning a blind eye to abuses abroad and using pre-emptive military force where and when it chooses have neither increased security nor ensured liberty."

The notion of fighting a campaign against terrorism so as to support human rights, while simultaneously trampling on them to achieve this, was no more than "double speak", she said.

There is no difference between this point of view and Chomsky's. There is no attempt here to deal with the issue of terrorism in any substantial way, its as if it only existed in the minds of America's "bankrupt" administration. There is only the massive, evil, all powerful US endangering the world and running roughshod over the rights of all. The purpose of this report is not objective observation and scholarship but distortion and condemnation. Its clear that the descent of self-appointed "guardians" of human rights like Amnesty from objective reportage on human rights to fanatical anti-Americanism, and, like much of the rest of the Left, from active engagement to angry, indiscriminate, irresponsible slander, has been partially a result of the large and growing Chomskyite influence on the political culture of non-governmental human rights organizations and non-governmental organizations in general.