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Tech's omission reinforces US position on military intervention

We write concerning the article on Noam Chomsky's talk last Thursday ["Chomsky warns of media distortion," May 12]. We find it ironic that the coverage for this particular event was inaccurate.

We take issue with the reporter's statement "Among these issues are US aid to the regime [sic] of El Salvador and Nicaragua, which Chomsky labeled terrorist states, and the idea that no nation may defend itself against US attack." In fact, it was El Salvador, Guatemala, and, most significantly (yet unmentioned), the United States that Chomsky referred to as terrorist regimes.

A central theme in Chomsky's lecture was the extent to which the media limits discussion by adopting the ground rules and terminology of the establishment. One might argue that The Tech's omission of Chomsky's indictment of the United States as a terrorist power tacitly incorporates the administration's position: that although the United States may have made some "foreign policy mistakes," it is inconceivable that those in power could purposely wage a clandestine war against a truly democratic Nicaragua.

Chomsky's arguments are subtle. They merit closer scrutiny.

Steven J. Fromm G->

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