Thursday, September 21, 2006

anti-americanism and the left

Whatever you think of Hugo Chavez and his Bush is Satin speech yesterday to the UN General Assembly, he may be inadvertently sabotaging the American Left by aligning himself with them. Waving a copy of Noam Chomsky’s book Hegemony or Survival: The Imperialist Strategy of the United States, Chavez said "It's an excellent book to help us understand what's been happening in the world throughout the 20th century...and what's happening now."

Was Chavez’s endorsement of Chomsky a great moment for those who see Chomksy’s powerful and unwavering political activism as embodying the spirit of freedom of expression in America? Or will Chavez’s speech work to further the Bush administration long campaign to characterize anyone who challenges its policies as unpatriotic?

The conservative Frontpagemage.com suggests the latter:

"Chavez and Chomsky made mutual admirations pacts; Osama bin Laden makes allusions to Michael Moore; the Huffington Post legitimizes the ravings of a leftist fascist and an Islamofascist; and the Unholy Alliance grows steadily clearer day-by-day."

A Washington Post story claims the speech proves that there is no such things as bad press. At the very least Chavez is getting people reading. The Chicago Tribune reports that sales of Hegemony or Survival, have jumped into the top 10 of Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com and that its publisher has ordered an additional paperback printing of 25,000 copies.

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