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No. 7 July 19nOn ‘HistoricalnRevisionism’nPOLEMICS & EXCHANGESnA correction on Arthur Eckstein’s excellentnessay “Caution: Historical Revisionismnat Work.” Eckstein says thatnNoam Chomsky never visited NorthnVietnam. That is not the case.nThe following are excerpts from anspeech Chomsky made in Hanoi onnApril 14, 1970 welcoming the 1970n”spring offensive” of the American antiwarnmovement. (The speech wasnmonitored by the US Foreign BroadcastnInformation Service.)n”The people of Vietnam will win,nthey must win, because your cause isnthe cause of humanity as it movesnforward toward liberty and justice, towardnthe socialist society in which free,ncreative men control their own destiny.n. . . We are deeply grateful to you thatnyou permit us to be part of your bravenand historic struggle. We hope thatnthere will continue to be strong bondsnof comradeship between the people ofnVietnam and the many Americans whonwish you success and who detest with allnof their being the hateful activities of thenAmerican government.” In the speechnhe referred to the United States as ann”empire, that has no place in the 20thncentury, that has only the capacity tonrepress and murder and destroy.”n— Rael Jean IsaacnIrvington, NYnOn ‘PostwarnOxford’nIn an otherwise interesting—and occasionallynamusing—reminiscence (Apriln1989) Geoffi-ey Wagner included onenstatement that was indisputably tainted.nWriting of the “exotic world” of Oxford’sndons following Worid War II’snconclusion, Mr. Wagner said of themnthat “nearly all had involved themselvesnin some sort of fictional fantasy life onnthe side, perhaps to compensate for thenlack of reality allowed them in thenHolocaust.” Then he proceeded tonmention C.S. Lewis and J.R.R.nTolkien, among others, in regard to thisnnnalleged flight from reality.nMr. Wagner seems to imply thatnLewis and Tolkien had skirted theirnduties in wartime. In fact, both Lewisnand Tolkien were well acquainted withnthe brutalities of war; indeed, both sawnaction in the diabolical trench system ofnthe Western Front. Lewis arrived at thenfront lines on his birthday, Nov. 29,n1917, suffered from the notoriousntrench fever and was wounded by threenpieces of shrapnel — one of which remainednin his body until death — innaction at the Battle of Arras. Tolkien,ntoo, suffered from trench fever, and henfought in the four-month horror knownnas the Battle of the Somme.nIn their middle age, both these scholarsnwere members of the Home Guard,nand spent many nights on duty innOxford. Also, it must be noted thatnLewis, in 1946, had not “just publishednPerelandra and The Screwtape Letters.”nPerelandra had come out inn1943 and Screwtape in 1942. Butnthese “trifles” of fantasy fiction werennot Lewis’s only writings during thenwar. He also wrote Rehabilitation andnOther Essays, The Problem of Pain, AnPreface to Paradise Lost, The Abolitionnof Man, That Hideous Strength, and,nof course, his Broadcast Talks via thenBBC which became Mere Christianity.nIt has been said that Lewis’s was thensecond most famous voice in Englandnduring the war.nThus, the records show that C.S.nLewis and J.R.R. Tolkien were not thenivory tower, armchair scholars that returningnsoldiers would have resented,nfollowing World War II. Mr. Wagnernmay have thought Tolkien a humorlessnbore, and he may deprecate Lewis’sn”flat jokes about cats,” but he shouldnnot hint that they were cowards. Thenrecords say otherwise.n— Terrence Neal BrownnMemphis, TNn