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The Worship of Unreason: September 11 and the Forces of Theocratic Fascism

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Author(s): Simon Cottee

Journal: ERCES Online Quarterly Review
ISSN 1811-9123

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 2;
Date: 2004;
Original page

Keywords: Theocratic Fascism | September 11 | Clash within Islamic Civilization | Meta-critics | terrorism | Cultural Studies

ABSTRACT
Almost from the very moment that the second plane crashed into the south tower, a toxic alliance emerged to denounce America for its complicity in bringing about the attacks. On the Christian right, Jerry Falwell (in solidarity with comrade bin Laden) declared that the suicide-murder of 3, 019 civilians was a judgment from God against the sin and permissiveness of American society. And on the intellectual left, Noam Chomsky (echoing the egregious Jean Baudrillard) announced, with heartfelt insouciance, that the ‘events’ of that day constituted a reprisal for the crimes and injustices of the American Empire. Since I do not wish to question the Word of the God (expertly ventriloquized by Falwell), I shall content myself with questioning the profane words of Chomsky instead. Chomsky’s exegesis continues to occupy a position of some prominence among the bien pensant liberal-left.

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