Obama is Worse than Bush and Blair: Noam Chomsky
If you want the truth, especially when it takes courage to express it, ask a good Jew—this is one expression I have repeatedly used in my articles in Technorati and would do it once more, here.
When Jeremy Paxman asks Noam Chomsky in this interview what he thinks about the demonstration of millions of people on Arab street, he reminds Paxman that Middle East is not the only place where this is happening, just the other day 60,000 people demonstrated in Madison WI, he said.
Being asked by the interviewer to comment on what Arabs really wants, he maintains, “they want to get rid of Western-supported dictators.” Chomsky however, has no delusion about freedom coming to the Arab street, he adds, “it's been a remarkable achievement so far but the regimes are intact, there's been name changes but no significant socio-economic political changes.”
When Paxman shot back with the comment that the demonstrators have been supported by west, Chomsky denies that observation, saying that the opposite is the truth. He said that the west had stuck by their standard game plan, first trying to rally behind their puppets, nevertheless, “there comes a point when you cannot support your favorite dictator any longer...support them as long as possible, when the judgment is it can't be done anymore...come out with ringing declaration for your love of democracy, and how you are on the side of the people and preserve the regime.”
Chomsky said, there is a reason why 90% of Egyptians hate America, referring to the US support of Mubarak, there is however, no animosity between people, he mentioned, “Kamal Abbas, a well known labor leader in Egypt sent a message to Madison, WI, saying, the workers of Egypt supports the workers in Madison in their struggle, in Madison the workers are trying to preserve the aspects of democracy, they are under serious attack, in Egypt they are trying to gain their right that have been denied them, trajectories are crossing, going in opposite direction.” Indeed these are very bold assertions from Chomsky.
Paxman repeatedly raised the issue whether West shall intervene in Libya, and Chomsky vehemently objected, maintaining that we are not the only ones in the world, he refereed to the BRIC countries and also Turkey's effort to intervene in the crisis. Chomsky refereed to the 1958 observation by National Security Council, “there is a perception in the Arab world that the US supports harsh and brutal dictators and blocks democracy and development, we do it because we want to control their energy supply, I want to say that the perception is more or less accurate.”Continued on the next page