By Noam Chomsky, written following his trip to the Gaza Strip on October 25-30, 2012.
(Ashraf Amra / APA Images)
Posted Friday, May 27, 2005
Cultural Critique article, Visions of Righteousness (Spring, 1986): "In one of his sermons on human rights, President Carter explained that we owe Vietnam no debt and have no responsibility to render any assistance because 'the destruction was mutual.' If words have any meaning, this must stand among the most astonishing statements in diplomatic history."
ZNet Germany interview, State and Corp. (May 18, 2005): "[T]he nation state is pretty much a European invention, I mean there were similar things, but the nation state in the modern form was largely created in Europe over many centuries. It's so unnatural and artificial that it had to be imposed by extreme violence."
New Statesman article on Chomsky, 12 Great Thinkers of Our Time, by Neil Clark (July 14, 2003): "The charge of both anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism is regularly made by propagandists of the new world order against those who do not happen to share their enthusiasm for biennial invasions of sovereign states and the spreading of neoliberalism by B-52 and cluster bomb. What the likes of Michael Gove, Barbara Amiel and Melanie Phillips cannot explain away, however, is the inconvenient reality that some of the most outspoken opponents of their world-view are either American or Jewish, or very often both. The international antiwar movement owes much to the efforts of Gore Vidal, Ramsey Clark, Michael Parenti and Howard Zinn. But the greatest of their number is Noam Chomsky, who has spent more than four decades warning of the danger that US imperialism poses to the peace and security of the world."
NPR interview, On Hegemony or Survival, with Tavis Smiley (November 19, 2003): "The Bush administration policy is not entirely novel by any means. There's plenty of precedents. But it is extreme. It is a brazen, acknowledged declaration that the US, under them at least, intends to dominate the world by force if necessary and to prevent any potential long-term challenge to it. And I think those policies, particularly as they are being executed, do really raise serious questions about human survival. So I think the choice is a real one."
Canadian Dimension article on Chomsky, Manufacturing Contempt: Chomsky Derogated in Canada, by Edward Herman (July 1, 2000): "In contrast with the Soviet Union, where dissidents might be jailed and had to resort to privately circulated samizdats, in the United States dissidents are relegated by mainly market forces to marginalized media with small audiences. The mainstream media regularly exclude analyses of the Left, confining debate to officials and accredited experts who will not challenge basic assumptions. Justifying the exclusion of unaccredited experts sometimes requires that they be made 'extremists.'"
N16 interview, Stokey Meets Chomsky, with Matthew Kennard (Spring 2005): "The US is far and away the most powerful component of the world system in terms of military force. In terms of economic force, it's basically one among three. That's been true for a long time and is even more so today, with North East Asia a very dynamic area, and Europe roughly on a par with the US economically. North East Asia and Europe are increasing their ties. In fact, the EU and China became each other's major trading partner in 2004 and that's continuing, so there is a complicated system of world domination and the US is, in many ways, pre-eminent but primarily because of its military force and its huge internal economy and it uses the force of course to dominate and control."
The Sun interview, Hidden Power, with John Malkin (April, 2005): "If you ask people why they don't vote based on issues, they'll say, 'I don't know where the candidates stand on the issues.' Which is the truth. The election is designed to keep you from understanding the candidates' positions on the issues. To figure out, say, what their healthcare proposals are would require a major research project. You aren't supposed to know. The advertising industry wants you to focus on what they call 'qualities.' And when you do discover the candidate's positions on the issues, you understand why."
University of Leipzig audio talk, The United States, Israel, and Palestine (March 28, 2005). [Click on link triggers download of 12 MB zipped mp3 file]
University of Washington video talk, Illegal but Legitimate: a Dubious Doctrine for the Times (April 20, 2005). [Chomsky's talk begins at 8:25]