Recently (Mid-January 2016), there has been a fairly well publicised "war of words" between Turkish president Recep Erdogan and "dissident" intellectual Noam Chomsky, over the Turkish state's brutal siege of towns and killing of civilians in Northern (Turkish) Kurdistan. Understandably, many Kurdish leaders have welcomed Chomsky's words and have even invited him to Northern Kurdistan to bare witness to the Turkish military's crimes - an invitation that Chomsky has currently declined.
While it may be said that Chomsky "supports the Kurds", it is also clear that support & analysis of the Kurdish struggle is not a particularly high priority for Chomsky. This is prima facie bizarre as the Kurdish struggle, particularly the elements of it which are associated with the PKK, is infinitely more libertarian - and if nothing else, Chomsky purports to be a libertarian - than the (almost openly) fascist Palestinian Movement which Chomsky is famous for supporting.
This seemingly bizarre state of affairs begins to make sense once it is understood that Chomsky is a (very) high level COINTELPRO asset who is put forward for the purpose of - inter alia, as he appears to serve multiple agendas - acting as a pied piper for radical dissident activists and intellectuals. This is one of the inescapable conclusions reached by Dr. Francisco Gil-White in his analysis of the role Chomsky plays within the Psychological Warfare infrastructure. The fact that Chomsky - whose main purported targets are the US military, and the US media - has had his linguistics/grammar research funded by the US military, and had his role as a "radical dissident" massively promoted by the US media, are the key (though not only) pieces of evidence that Chomsky is not the radical dissident which his carefully cultivated image suggests he is.
Therein lies the potential danger which Rojavan/Kurdish/etc. activists need to contend with vis a vis Chomsky - while he will obviously say things which they will agree with (he would have no traction otherwise), taking Chomsky's analyses of the Kurdish situation at face value and allowing him to become (effectively) a spokesman will prove damaging and may even prove fatal.
In this light, Kurdish activists/leaders may ask themselves this question:- "Do we actually NEED Chomsky's support?"

I will provide a brief overview of the recent Erdogan-Chomsky spectacle - which may yet (17th January 2016) prove to be a mere flash in the pan, or may be an orchestrated attempt to build up Chomsky's "Kurdish street cred".

I will then provide an overview of Chomsky's previous "analyses" (if they can be called that) of the Kurdish situation, in which absurdities and outright lies manifest themselves.

What's the Fuss About?

Academics: We will not be a Party to This Crime 11 January 2016, Monday - Bianet

1,128 academics from 89 universities in Turkey, and over 355 academics and researchers from abroad have signed a text calling on state of Turkey to end state violence and prepare negotiation conditions.


1,128 academics from 89 universities in Turkey, and over 355 academics and researchers from abroad including figures such as Noam Chomsky, Judith Butler, Etienne Balibar and David Harvey have signed a text calling on state of Turkey to end state violence and prepare negotiation conditions.

Erdoğan accuses academics of being fifth column January 12, 2016, Tuesday - TODAY'S ZAMAN

In a speech to Turkish ambassadors in Ankara, Erdoğan targeted a recent declaration signed by 1,128 academics from 89 universities in a call to end the ongoing fighting between security forces and militants of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) that has inflicted devastation in some residential areas of several predominantly Kurdish-populated towns.


Not long after Erdoğan's speech, Turkey's Higher Education Board (YÖK) said it would launch a disciplinary investigation into the signatories of the declaration, threatening to fire them.

Erdoğan also invited famous social scientists and intellectuals to observe what is going on in Turkey.

"Let the US Embassy in Ankara invite Chomsky to Turkey, let's host him in the [Kurdish] region. Let him see [the] facts [for] himself, not through those "so-called academics" who act as a fifth column," Erdoğan said.

Erdoğan slams academics over petition, invites Chomsky to Turkey January/12/2016 - Hurriyet Daily News

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has strongly reacted to a petition signed by more than 1,000 local and international academics calling on the Turkish government to end the security operations being committed in southeastern Anatolia and to return to table for talks to resolve
the Kurdish issue, describing the signatories as “ignorant.” After an urgent meeting on Jan. 12, the Supreme Education Board (YÖK) announced that legal action would be taken over local academics who have signed the petition.
Some 1,128 academics from 89 different universities - including foreign scholars like Noam Chomsky, David Harway and Immanuel Wallerstein - signed the petition titled “We won’t be a part of this crime,” which called on Ankara to end the “massacre and slaughter.”

Erdoğan, in an address to Turkish ambassadors gathered for an annual conference, lashed out at the signatories and said human rights violations in the southeast were being committed by terrorists, not by the state.


The president also said he wanted to invite all foreign signatories to Turkey.

“Let them come to Turkey. They shouldn’t sign such declarations in vain. We are ready to tell them what is happening in the southeast from A to Z. They should see with their eyes whether the problem is the violation of the rule of law by the state or the hijacking of our citizens’ rights and freedoms by the terrorist organization [Kurdistan Workers’ Party, PKK],” he said.

“Let our ambassador from the United States invite Chomsky, who has made statements about Turkey’s operations against the terrorist organization. Let’s host him in the region,” Erdoğan added.

Erdogan: "Noam Chomsky is a Terrorist" Published on Jan 13, 2016 - YouTube

Chomsky hits back at Erdoğan, accusing him of double standards on terrorism Thursday 14 January 2016 - The Guardian

The leftwing US academic Noam Chomsky has hit back at Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after the Turkish president accused him of ignorance and sympathising with terrorists.


Chomsky has now rejected the invitation. In an email to the Guardian he said: “If I decide to go to Turkey, it will not be on his invitation, but as frequently before at the invitation of the many courageous dissidents, including Kurds who have been under severe attack for many years.”

Chomsky also claimed Erdoğan was operating double standards on terrorism.


In his speech, Erdoğan said: “Let our ambassador from the United States invite Chomsky, who has made statements about Turkey’s operations against the terrorist organisation. Let’s host him in the region.”


“Chomsky can see what is taking place in Turkey with his own eyes, not through the eyes of a fifth column. Let those academics come to Turkey – I’m certain we will be able to show them the true picture.”


In his email to the Guardian, Chomsky accused Erdoğan of hypocrisy. He said: “Turkey blamed Isis [for the attack on Istanbul], which Erdoğan has been aiding in many ways, while also supporting the al-Nusra Front, which is hardly different. He then launched a tirade against those who condemn his crimes against Kurds – who happen to be the main ground force opposing Isis in both Syria and Iraq. Is there any need for further comment?”

Noam Chomsky Rips Off Turkey’s Kurdish Policy, US Strategy in Syria 24/1/16 - Sputnik News

Chomsky's Record on Kurdish Issues

Given Chomsky's reputation as a libertarian, one could reasonably presume that he would take an enthusiastic interest in the anarchic revolution ongoing in Rojava. However, as a search for 'Rojava' on Chomsky's site quickly reveals, this is not the case.



The following search results were obtained on 18th January 2016:-

Your search for: "Öcalan" produced 1 match;

Your search for: "confederalism" produced 0 matches;

Your search for: "PKK" produced 8 matches;

Your search for: "Kurdish" produced 67 matches;

Your search for: "Kurd" produced 128 matches.

‘Racist’ Europe does not want Turks walking around their streets: Chomsky October/26/2015 - Hurriyet Daily News

(Accessed via this Chomsky link)

Noam Chomsky‬: "PKK are Freedom Fighters of Kurdistan" Published on Dec 23, 2015 (from 5th June 2006) - YouTube

Noam Chomsky on Kurds and Kurdistan

Turkey's offer of military bases widens America's options Thursday 5 December 2002

US steps up pressure on EU to admit Turkey December 4 2002

EU Snub of Turkey Stands to Complicate War on Iraq December 12, 2002

Turkey wants to limit US force's size Jan 19, 2003 (Access via ProQuest)

Turkey seeks assurances from US February 18, 2003

Why Turkey Turned Against Its Closest Friend on Iraq 05 Mar 2003 (Access via ProQuest)

Amid Crackdown In Turkey, Dissatisfaction With President Erdogan Grows March 21, 2016

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