Noam Chomsky | Security and State Power

Joint National Security Council meeting, May 25, 2011. (Photo: The Prime Minister's Office / Flickr)

These acts of aggression were, again, a matter of little concern to planners, who are guided by altogether different concepts of security. Even instant destruction by nuclear weapons has never ranked high for state authorities By Noam Chomsky - Sabbah Report  § This article, the first of two parts, is adapted from a lecture by Noam Chomsky on Feb. 28 sponsored by the … [Read more...]

Noam Chomsky: Israel and the United States are the real rogue actors in the Middle East


The MIT professor says the recent deal between Iran and the U.S. doesn't change the balance of power "Just how far will [Israel] go to eliminate the feared deterrent on the pretext of an 'existential threat'?" An interim agreement on Iran's nuclear policies that will provide a six-month period for substantive negotiations was announced on Nov. 24. Michael Gordon, a … [Read more...]

Noam Chomsky: Palestine 2012 – Gaza and the UN resolution


An old man in Gaza held a placard that reads: "You take my water, burn my olive trees, destroy my house, take my job, steal my land, imprison my father, kill my mother, bombard my country, starve us all, humiliate us all but I am to blame: I shot a rocket back." [1] The old man's message provides the proper context for the timelines on the latest episode in the savage … [Read more...]

Noam Chomsky: Israel has made Gaza a giant prison


Gaza - The giant concentration camp Even a single night in jail is enough to give a taste of what it means to be under the total control of some external force. And it hardly takes more than a day in Gaza to begin to appreciate what it must be like to try to survive in the world’s largest open-air prison, where a million and a half people, in the most densely populated area … [Read more...]

Was War the Only Answer to 9/11?

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This is the 10th anniversary of the horrendous atrocities of Sept. 11, 2001, which, it is commonly held, changed the world. The impact of the attacks is not in doubt. Just keeping to western and central Asia: Afghanistan is barely surviving, Iraq has been devastated and Pakistan is edging closer to a disaster that could be catastrophic. On May 1, 2011, the presumed … [Read more...]