Saturday, May 06, 2017

The meaning of irony: Yassin Hajj Saleh attacks Noam Chomsky in a paper owned by a Saudi prince

This is a classic in the history of ironies if there is one.  Yassin Hajj Saleh (who was identified comically in The Intercept as "a leftist" although he makes clear in Arabic that he is not a leftist and he denounces leftists and leftism and here mentions the "loss of confidence" in socialism and communism) attacks Noam Chomsky.  He says that he has "nothing of value" about Syria and that he
is too concerned about the US and its crimes (he does not use the word "crime", I do), and that he is too engaged against the US and its policies in the world.  He believes that there are many crimes of which the US is not responsible and even talks about the "independence" (he uses that word specifically) of Israel in its wars from the US (i.e. the US is innocent or blameless in Israeli wars and massacres).  He even questions the validity of the concept of imperialism.  All this was published in the mouthpiece of Prince Khalid bin Sultan, Al-Hayat.  As you know, Prince Khalid bin Sultan is the guru or idol of Arab liberals.