Of course I'm a huge admirer of Noam Chomsky, always have been, but in the clip above he seems perilously close to what I call The Tadjik Defense.
This goes back to a demonstration I attended, back in, what was it, '82? -- against one of Israel's invasions of Lebanon. Perhaps I was leafletting. Suddenly a frantic wild-haired chap came rushing out of the shadows and thrust his contorted face uncomfortably close to mine. He looked a bit like Alan Dershowitz. In fact, he may have been Alan Dershowitz.
"What about the Tadjiks?!" he screamed.
I was nonplussed. "The Tadjiks?" I stammered.
"The Tadjiks! The Tadjiks! You're always protesting about the Palestinians! Why aren't you protesting about the Tadjiks? I'll tell you why! You're a fucking anti-Semite, that's why!"
And Alan -- if it was Alan -- melted once more into the shadows whence he came.
I dined out on this story for a good three weeks, and the concept of the Tadjik Defense has proven very useful over the years.
Chomsky's reading of the situation is, of course, a lot more sophisticated than Alan's (if it was Alan). But I've always felt he errs a bit -- as many American Lefties do -- in regarding Israel as a mere puppet of the US. The reality is more complicated, I think.