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wasoxygen  ·  2337 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Limits of Discourse As Demonstrated by Sam Harris and Noam Chomsky

The "perpetrator of by far the worst crime of this millennium" appears to be W, who, according to "a translation of a translation of a translation" said "God told me to strike at al Qaida and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you help me I will act, and if not, the elections will come and I will have to focus on them."

God is silent on the matter, and Zis scribes are all in confusion.

Details of W's direct line to heaven aside, did he perpetrate the "worst crime of this millennium"? Chomsky may still be writing 1999 on his checks, but let's take this to mean the past thousand years.

Wikipedia has the ghoulish numbers:

War on Terror (including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan): 0.272 to 1.26 million deaths.

Iran-Iraq War: 0.5 to 2 million deaths (citation needed, sigh).

You can sort the table and find even more impressive statistics, and few of them ocurred before 1015. Perhaps someone should ask Chomsky to elucidate what he means by "crime." Someone other than Sam Harris.

user-inactivated  ·  2337 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm pretty sure he means the millennium starting in 2001.

wasoxygen  ·  2337 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Ah, yes, the millennium in which Bush was president and the War on Terror occurred. Presumably there is a "so far" implied.