When we talk about someone controversial, it’s generally understood that they are both loved and hated. Something about them makes a number of people dislike them, whether that’s something they did or said or just something they stand for. On the other hand, and often because of those very same reasons, it is why there are also people who really like, or at least respect them.
When it comes to politics, this is especially true. Those on one side of the aisle tend to not really like those on the other, especially if they are in leadership positions. And the why usually has nothing more to do with the fact that there is a D or R beside their name.
However, one of the things that also makes someone controversial is that they don’t usually just follow party lines or even inspire the respect of those in their party.
Take former President Donald Trump, for instance.
He is likely one of the most controversial leaders this nation has ever seen and still remains to be that way. However, as much as the political left despises him, enough so to cross every ethical line known to man, there is just something about him that much of the party, or at least those in their right mind, can’t deny.
He is full of reason.
Or at least that’s the case for Noam Chomsky.
Now, if you know much about Chomsky, it’s likely that he has been a rather radical icon for the political left for decades. When it comes to foreign policy, he always seems to have something to say, even at his present age of 93.
You will also note that Chomsky is not and has never been a very big fan of Trump. In fact, during Trump’s tenure in the Oval Office, the activist once even called him “the worst criminal in human history.”
But even with all of that distrust and criticism, he still can’t deny the fact that Trump has some rather good ideas, and above all his not-so-eloquent antics are rather reasonable, both when it comes to domestic decisions and foreign policy ones.
He said as much in a recent interview with EduKitchen’s Thijmen Sprakel.
The day’s topic was the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia, and one that doesn’t appear to have an end in sight. As somewhat of an expert on foreign policy, Chomsky was undoubtedly brought in to give his two cents on what should be happening to dissolve the now-massive fractures between the neighboring countries and begin rebuilding some sort of civility.
He answered that there is really only “one statesman” in the world right now, or at least in both the US and Europe, who has put forth the right idea on ending this conflict and getting on the right track to peace. Chomsky noted that others, such as French President Emmanuel Macron, have suggested something similar. And leaders of the past, like “the first Bush,” George H.W. Bush, proposed it earlier in time.
But at the moment, there is only one who is actively pushing for the idea.
The idea itself is negotiations, of course – something that shouldn’t be hard to conceive or think of. According to Chomsky, the only real way to resolve the conflict between Russia and Ukraine is to begin “facilitating negotiations instead of undermining them and moving toward some kind of accommodation in Europe, in which there are no military alliances but just mutual accommodation.”
And that idea has come from none other than Donald Trump.
In an April 18 statement on the issue, Trump indeed suggested that negotiations begin in earnest, that the countries should be “sitting down and working out some kind of an agreement.” As both he and Chomsky agree, there will be nothing but death and destruction left for them to fight over before too much longer. So the time for a “solution” is now.
Chomsky might not like Trump much, if at all. “But let’s tell the truth: (Trump’s) the one person who’s said it, and it’s the right way out.”
And if even Chomsky can see that, Trump must not be so bad after all.