Skip to comments.Chomsky needs a fact checker
Posted on 01/28/2002 2:19:57 PM PST by Croooow
Chomsky Needs a Fact Checker
By Brian Carnell
Thursday, January 24, 2002
In discussing the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Noam Chomsky has made a lot of hay over the Clinton administration's attack on a pharmaceutical plant in the Sudan. In a recent interview published in Salon.Com, for example, Chomsky told Suzy Hansen,
That one bombing, according to the estimates made by the German Embassy in Sudan and Human Rights Watch, probably led to tens of thousands of deaths.The only problem with this claim is that Human Rights Watch has not conducted any sort of study related to this incident. Carroll Bogert, Communications Director, Human Rights Watch, wrote a letter to Salon.Com saying,
In fact, Human Rights Watch has conducted no research into civilian deaths as the result of U.S. bombing in Sudan and would not make such an assessment without a careful and thorough research mission on the ground.Next up -- is the German embassy estimate also a phantom?
We have conducted research missions and issued such estimates for Iraq and Yugoslavia, after U.S. bombing campaigns there. In our experience, trenchant and effective criticism of U.S. military action requires factual investigation.
Noam needs a fact checker. Carroll Bogert, Salon.Com, January 22, 2002.
That being said, let's not overlook the larger issue invovled in the destructon of a manufacturing plant. If the plant in question did produce medicines (and I understand it did), then destroying the plant denies those products to those that need them.
In a country where sanitation seems to be a passing fad, the loss of drug manufacturing capability will lead to many more deaths that just those that can be tallied up in the original attack.
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