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“Impressions of Gaza”

By Noam Chomsky, written following his trip to the Gaza Strip on October 25-30, 2012.


(Ashraf Amra / APA Images)

  Posted Thursday, September 23, 2004

Hegemony or Survival excerpt from the new paperback version, The Resort to Force (2004): "In the desperate flailing to contrive justifications as one pretext after another collapsed, the obvious reason for the invasion was conspicuously evaded by the administration and commentators: to establish the first secure military bases in a client state right at the heart of the world's major energy resources, understood since World War II to be a "stupendous source of strategic power" and expected to become even more important in the future."

  Posted Friday, September 03, 2004

University of Oxford audio lecture, Doctrines and Visions: Who is to Run the World and How? (May 20, 2004): "It's not unusual for people at the wrong end of the plug to have a much more accurate perception of reality than the ones who are holding the plug."

  Posted Thursday, September 02, 2004

International Socialist Review interview, War Crimes and Imperial Fantasies, with David Barsamian (August-September, 2004): "The kindest thing you can say about Reagan is that he probably didn't know what he was saying. He was handed his notes by speechwriters, including his jokes, it has been reported."


ZNet post, Advocacy and Realism: A reply to Noah Cohen (August 26, 2004): "Noah Cohen's charges raise some interesting questions about advocacy, principle, and realism, which have much broader applications. Let's focus on his particular case --defense of Palestinian rights -- bringing up the broader issues in this context. The core question, then, has to do with the stands that can be taken by people with serious concerns for the fate of the Palestinians, who have suffered severely and face an even more miserable future unless we find ways to reverse the processes now underway, for which we bear considerable responsibility and accordingly, can influence if we choose."


Axis of Logic article on Chomsky, Noam Chomsky and 'Left' Apologetics for Injustice in Palestine, by Noah Cohen (August 23, 2004): "An interview with Noam Chomsky published on Znet under the title Justice for Palestine? (Znet, March 30, 2004) is an exemplary contribution to this genre of left apologetics. Since it contains so many of the arguments generally advanced to legitimize some form of continued existence for an Israeli system of colonialism and Apartheid --and to shore up rear-guard support for it among US progressives-- it is worth examining in full."