By Noam Chomsky, written following his trip to the Gaza Strip on October 25-30, 2012.
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Posted Monday, February 28, 2005
Harvard University video talk, Why Iraq? (November 4, 2002): "There is a connection [between Iraq and the so-called 'war on terror']. It's pretty thin, but it's been drawn. Intelligence agencies have pointed out that they can't detect any real connection between Iraq and the terrorist networks --al-Qaeda and the rest--, which isn't too surprising. But there is a connection nevertheless, and it's been pointed out, namely: we can create a link if we want; and the best way to create the link would be by attacking Iraq." [talk starts at 3:26]
University of Texas video talk, Unending Wars: The U.S. and the Middle East (October 20, 2002): "Let me begin by talking a bit about the expectations of the people with real power, both their expectations for the world in general and then, turning to the Middle East specifically, in that broader context."
International Relations Center talk, IRC 20th Anniversary Celebration Speech (February 26, 2000): "It's no exaggeration to say that the effort to take control of our lives is a dominant theme of world history, with a crescendo in the past several centuries of dramatic changes in human relations and world order. The topic is far too large to try to discuss here. I'll have to cut it down sharply. First I'll keep only to current manifestations and some of the roots with an eye toward what might lie ahead. Also, I'll keep to the global arena, which is by no means the only domain in which these issues arise."
International Relations Center talk (excerpt), Nuclear Terror at Home (January 25, 2005): "If you can imagine some rational observers from Mars looking at this curious species down here, I don't think they'd put very high odds on survival--another generation or two. In fact, it's kind of miraculous that we've come along this far."
CounterPunch article on Chomksy, Chomsky and Conscription, by Jacob Levich (February 4, 2005): "Noam Chomsky is so rarely wrong about anything that it feels impertinent to correct him. But his recent remarks on the draft, [re]printed in CounterPunch (Feb. 2), are in need of scrutiny, especially since they might give false comfort to people who rightly worry that a revival of conscription is in the cards."
Santa Fe Reporter interview, On What Matters, with Julia Goldberg (January 19, 2005): "The elections very self-consciously evaded issues of political significance and were focused almost entirely on projecting images in an effort to elude the public into purchasing the candidate who was being sold by the imagery creation. That's not very surprising. The elections are run by the PR industry and that's what they do in their everyday lives. What they're doing is trying to delude you into purchasing this commodity rather than that identical one. When the same industry is given the task of selling candidates they do it the same way."
International Relations Center audio talk, The Future of Iraq and U.S. Occupation (January 26, 2005). [Tariq Ali's presentation starts at 7:39; Chomsky's talk starts at 18:55]
International Relations Center brief talk excerpt, The Future of Iraq and U.S. Occupation (January 26, 2005): "Let's just imagine what the policies might be of an independent Iraq, independent, sovereign Iraq, let's say more or less democratic, what are the policies likely to be? Well there's going to be a Shiite majority, so they'll have some significant influence over policy. The first thing they'll do is reestablish relations with Iran. Now they don't particularly like Iran, but they don't want to go to war with them so they'll move toward what was happening already even under Saddam, that is, restoring some sort of friendly relations with Iran."