We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic. Uncontroversially, his crimes vastly exceed bin Laden’s, and he is not a “suspect” but uncontroversially the “decider” who gave the orders to commit the “supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole” (quoting the Nuremberg Tribunal) for which Nazi criminals were hanged: the hundreds of thousands of deaths, millions of refugees, destruction of much of the country, the bitter sectarian conflict that has now spread to the rest of the region.
Find the full piece here. And don’t miss Christopher Hitchens’ retort in Salon: Chomsky’s Follies: The professor’s pronouncements about Osama Bin Laden are stupid and ignorant.
PS: we’ve added for good measure Obama’s lengthy interview that aired last night on 60 Minutes. The last seconds offer, we guess, Obama’s implicit response to Chomsky: