The New York Times slimes William Blum in its obituary

Let’s note that Jim Naureckas—like Bill Blum himself—doesn’t dare extrapolate from Zbigniew Brzezinski’s shocking boast, in Le Nouvel Observateur, that the CIA had actually, deliberately brought on the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, by sending the Mujaheddin (led by Osama bin Laden) to provoke it at the border.

(You can read the interview at

That it was Bill who “spotted and translated” the Brzezinski interview, as Jim notes here, and yet would never dare infer (at least in public) that the “terrorist attack” on 9/11 may have been another US  provocation, to bring on a far larger, longer war—and that Jim too doesn’t dare infer it—tells us just how hard it is to cross that line, even for the best and brightest on the left.

And yet we have to cross it, if we’re ever going to clean the wound that’s all but killed American democracy (and that was first inflicted back in 1963, and deepened many times thereafter). 


Dec 14, 2018

The New York Times’ Shameful Obituary of Historian William Blum

by Jim Naureckas

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