Posts Tagged ‘chomsky’

Osama’s Dead, But the War Machine Sure Isn’t

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

The head of the enemy in the war on terror has been dead for three weeks now. If the official story can be trusted, then Bin Laden has likely been absorbed into the aquatic food chain of the Arabic Sea.

Many Americans feel the assassination was warranted. Invading a sovereign nation, eliminating a key target and murdering his unarmed wife were all justifiable acts because America was invaded and unarmed people were murdered.

Well, perhaps Osama’s death can be rationalized. But, by this very rationale, shouldn’t Iraqis, Afghans, and Pakistanis be entitled to the same justice? Are their lives any less valuable than American lives?

Professor Noam Chomsky weighs in on this very notion, asking “How we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic (after proper burial rites, of course). Uncontroversially, he is not a “suspect” but the “decider” who gave the orders to invade Iraq.”

By all accounts then, writes Chomsky, Bush should ultimately be responsible for “the hundreds of thousands of deaths, millions of refugees, destruction of much of the country and the national heritage, and the murderous sectarian conflict that has now spread to the rest of the region.” Crimes which “vastly exceed anything attributed to bin Laden.”

Well, of course all human life is equally valuable. And yes, Americans are ultimately responsible for allowing their war machine to run amok.

But violence is never the answer. Invading Iraq, occupying Afghanistan, bombing Libya, assassinating bin Laden… these actions only reinforces the cycle of fear, hatred and violence, which will likely reap more of the same.

Instead, building a peaceful planet means we have to break the cycle. It’s time to recognize that we are a new generation in a rapidly interconnecting world, and we have no more room for institutionalize violence.

Take a stand and say ‘NO!’ to war.

Chomsky: US Fears Arab Democracy

Friday, May 13th, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpLm2-mu_0E

The notorious Noam Chomsky gave another of his eloquent speeches this week at FAIR‘s 25th anniversary celebration, supporting his thesis that “the U.S. & its allies will do anything they can to prevent authentic democracy in the Arab World.”

The main reason America doesn’t truly support a free Middle East, says Chomsky, is because “an overwhelming majority of the [Arab World] population regards the United States as the main threat to their interests.”

Instead of supporting democracy, the US’s policy is to prop up strong men to keep the people in check, as described by Professor Chomsky:

“If the dictators support us, and the population is under control, then what’s the problem? This is like imperialism. What’s the problem if it works? As long as they can control their populations, fine. They can have campaigns of hatred; our friendly dictators will keep them under control. It just doesn’t matter what the population thinks, as long as they’re under control. If actions correspond to our strategic and economic objectives, that’s OK.”

For starters, it is very nice of Noam to validate yesterday’s post that argues how human rights violations will go unnoticed as long as the perpetrators maintain their political allegiances to America.

Furthermore, it’s certainly true that the US fears democracy in the Middle East, because American interests pretty much fear democracy anywhere on earth.

Right now, tremendous wealth and power is allowed to concentrate into the hands of a few people who sit atop the system. This would never be permitted to persist if the voice of humankind were truly heeded, hence America’s policy of supporting dictators and quashing democracy.

Fortunately for the rest of us, the days of oligarchy are drawing to an end. Humankind has been gaining new tools and forms of empowerment, and we’re set to usher in a new age of equality and prosperity for everyone on earth.

Try as they may, earth’s elites will falter when the human race awakens and embarks on an entirely new era.

U.S. Sponsors State Terror

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

The United States government has been supporting brutal regimes around the world for decades. Some of these US backed dictatorships are the same ones currently facing tremendous civil uprisings, like Egypt.

Professor Noam Chomsky, in his brilliant-as-always piece titled It’s not radical Islam that worries the US – it’s independence writes:

A common refrain among pundits is that fear of radical Islam requires (reluctant) opposition to democracy on pragmatic grounds. While not without some merit, the formulation is misleading. The general threat has always been independence. The US and its allies have regularly supported radical Islamists, sometimes to prevent the threat of secular nationalism.

Chomsky also outlined the US’s underlying methodology for controlling puppet regimes:

The dictators support us … therefore the public can be dismissed … [The dictators] subjects can be ignored – unless they break their chains, and then policy must be adjusted.

The doctrine traces far back and generalizes worldwide, to US home territory as well. In the event of unrest, tactical shifts may be necessary, but always with an eye to reasserting control.