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S. State Department or lifelong members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union can have no deeper motives than securing an oppressive class structure that serves their interests, while the Viet Cong, Cuban revolutionaries or the Sandinistas—whose leaders occupied the Managua mansions of the rich and lived in the regal style of the regime they had just deposed—can be praised for serving loftier ideals. But Chomsky also has a pressing tactical reason for avoiding the thickets of ideology. Specifically, if he were to grant that the Soviet leadership ever acted out of real commitment to a Communist ideal, it would then force him to accept that it logically follows that the USSR was more of a danger than he has depicted—and perhaps more intimately related to his own putatively progressive agenda than he would like to admit.
S. Government Printing House, 1977), p. 9. TWO CHOMSKY AND THE C O L D WA R Thomas M. Nichols T he Cold War effectively made Noam Chomsky the prominent voice that he is. Without the Soviet-American conflict and the subsequent American involvement in hot spots around the world, Chomsky would have been deprived of the raw material from which he spins his master narrative on the evils of American power. While his writings regularly reach into the early history of the United States for evidence of the inherent criminality of the American enterprise, it is the development of the Cold War that nourished and sustained his rise as a public intellectual.
He believed that all the atrocities Whitewashing Dictatorship in Communist Vietnam… 27 of the Khmer Rouge were a product of the American bombing of Cambodia in 1973. Whom did he rely upon for this interpretation? One source was Richard Dudman, correspondent for the St. Louis Post Dispatch, who was a prisoner of the Khmer Rouge in 1969 and who claimed that as a prisoner he observed the American bombing radicalizing the Cambodian peasantry. 30 Chomsky’s other source was David Chandler, who suggested in 1976 that the American bombing might have driven the Cambodian Communists out of their minds.
Anti Chomsky Reader by Peter Collier