RE: On the Bombings - Noam Chomsky

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    Thanks Wade.

    Again, interesting comments I'd have to concur with.


    > ----------
    > From: Wade T.Smith
    > Reply To:
    > Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2001 1:53 pm
    > To: memetics list
    > Subject: Fwd: On the Bombings - Noam Chomsky
    > Hi Robin-
    > If this is the Chomsky piece you mentioned, it should come through as it
    > is not that long.
    > - Wade
    > ***********
    > On the Bombings
    > Noam Chomsky
    > The terrorist attacks were major atrocities. In scale they may not reach
    > the level of many others, for example, Clinton's bombing of the Sudan
    > with no credible pretext, destroying half its pharmaceutical supplies and
    > killing unknown numbers of people (no one knows, because the US blocked
    > an inquiry at the UN and no one cares to pursue it). Not to speak of much
    > worse cases, which easily come to mind. But that this was a horrendous
    > crime is not in doubt. The primary victims, as usual, were working
    > people: janitors, secretaries, firemen, etc. It is likely to prove to be
    > a crushing blow to Palestinians and other poor and oppressed people. It
    > is also likely to lead to harsh security controls, with many possible
    > ramifications for undermining civil liberties and internal freedom.
    > The events reveal, dramatically, the foolishness of the project of
    > "missile defense." As has been obvious all along, and pointed out
    > repeatedly by strategic analysts, if anyone wants to cause immense damage
    > in the US, including weapons of mass destruction, they are highly
    > unlikely to launch a missile attack, thus guaranteeing their immediate
    > destruction. There are innumerable easier ways that are basically
    > unstoppable. But today's events will, very likely, be exploited to
    > increase the pressure to develop these systems and put them into place.
    > "Defense" is a thin cover for plans for militarization of space, and with
    > good PR, even the flimsiest arguments will carry some weight among a
    > frightened public.
    > In short, the crime is a gift to the hard jingoist right, those who hope
    > to use force to control their domains. That is even putting aside the
    > likely US actions, and what they will trigger -- possibly more attacks
    > like this one, or worse. The prospects ahead are even more ominous than
    > they appeared to be before the latest atrocities.
    > As to how to react, we have a choice. We can express justified horror; we
    > can seek to understand what may have led to the crimes, which means
    > making an effort to enter the minds of the likely perpetrators. If we
    > choose the latter course, we can do no better, I think, than to listen to
    > the words of Robert Fisk, whose direct knowledge and insight into affairs
    > of the region is unmatched after many years of distinguished reporting.
    > Describing "The wickedness and awesome cruelty of a crushed and
    > humiliated people," he writes that "this is not the war of democracy
    > versus terror that the world will be asked to believe in the coming days.
    > It is also about American missiles smashing into Palestinian homes and US
    > helicopters firing missiles into a Lebanese ambulance in 1996 and
    > American shells crashing into a village called Qana and about a Lebanese
    > militia - paid and uniformed by America's Israeli ally - hacking and
    > raping and murdering their way through refugee camps." And much more.
    > Again, we have a choice: we may try to understand, or refuse to do so,
    > contributing to the likelihood that much worse lies ahead.
    > Noam Chomsky
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