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Noam Chomsky: U.S.–A Top Terrorist State + You’re Welcome Iraq

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Massacre is NOT SELF-DEFENSE!!

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This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

with Noam Chomsky

PressTVGlobalNews·Jan 29, 2013

In this episode of press TV’s documentary program renowned American academic Noam Chomsky says the United States would be recognized as a leading terrorist state if international law is applied.

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You’re Welcome Iraq

BoringPsychedelia·Jan 8, 2013

Originally written in 2010 after the pull out of “combat troops” from Iraq. Lyrics were updated after the pull out of the bulk of the rest of the troops in December 2011. We sat on it for a while, and wanted to change the bass line during the breakdown, but ran out of vision. Wanna help?

Boring Psychedelia is a participatory art collective. Video editors, directors, musicians, graphic artists, writers, producers, and others: contact us.

see

A Terrible Normality by Michael Parenti

Iraq: A Twenty-Two Year Genocide by Felicity Arbuthnot

The Age of the Siege: Sanctions Are An Act Of War by Felicity Arbuthnot

from the archives:

Journalists targeted in Israeli attack–International War Crime

Five Invasion Plots, Three Continents, Identical Lies by Felicity Arbuthnot

Iraq: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics by Felicity Arbuthnot

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  4. How fortunate we are to have such a consistently wise and coherently principled intellectual, to remind us of the authentic context of international law and state power.

    Political power in its present empirical incarnation, as inverted totalitarianism, is a supreme engine that drives and determines all the laws under which corporate entities operate.
    The deep fault lines in our “world” are characterized by abstract symbolic forces of moral, secular, instrumental and religious ideology. The arguments, as Professor Chomsky indicates so succinctly, are conclusive.
    The facts however, as we experience them in our lived realities, do not depend on these arguments, they are shaped by the complexities of power and necessity. If we are to reform our power hierarchies, we must support the populist movements, this is clear. We must also understand the mechanisms of social control. But no matter how legitimate our principles may be, the genuine “how” of pragmatic implementation of just solutions, still remain a hugely controversial question.
    This is really a prisoner’s dilemma. Even the most powerful and privileged are imprisoned by their own inherited systems of habitual belief, bound by the constraints of chains of control.
    There are no chains in Nature. There is no man-made chain that is not destined to decay and dissolve. If our common future is not to be a rehashed regurgitation of the blind errors of the past, we must have new vision, born of creative certainty. We must also cultivate the capacity to recognize and analyse the etiology of this legacy of errors.

    I am a strong advocate for effective laws, and enforceable global international treaties and regulation. But all the laws in the world do not prevent bad cases. Without authentic self-determined vision, it is a theorist’s pipe-dream, an empty vessel, devoid of “legitimate” meaning.
    Capital concentrates discretionary power, it is only innovation that provides the means to distribute wealth; and access to opportunity. What we do with our wealth ultimately depends on how we define it. How we educate our understanding. If it means qualitative gain, if it adds value to life, then all the rhetoric and oratory of the “powerful” is simply irrelevant noise. Ego static in a sea of serenity. Half the human race is female. Since when have women’s voices ever gained 50% of our attention? And what of the silent majority, our biospheric relatives, with whom we share this planet and upon whom we depend totally for survival?

    We shall always have the government we deserve.

    • Thank you, David. I also believe the answer to our collective future will come from women’s voices being heard. When the natural role of women who support their families, friends and communities gets taken to the next level, we will bring balance and harmony to the shaping of our destiny. As women awaken to their responsibilities, perhaps we will form alternative bodies of decision-making authority which gives us a voice in what happens, a voice that we have been largely excluded from raising in a manner that gets heard.

      Women are starting to get heard more, I believe, with these lovely conversations on the Internet that are largely comprised of words and ideas, separate from the physical bodies of the people who say them. Yes, gender is a consideration, but not such a large one in the cyber world as it is elsewhere.

      As we are continually responding to what others are saying on the Internet, if each of us makes a steady effort to bring up concerns on websites and forums of people who we know will disagree with us, then the engagement begins. It is up to us to make sure that we are not preaching to the choir, and only staying in the comfort zone of our own like-minded peers.

      The Internet provides spaces for all of us to congregate and not mingle with others. And we must overcome that tendency of writing in forums and news sites where people of a similar political persuasion tend to congregate online, and reach out as well to people who don’t think the way that we do… not just to confront, but also to find common ground with others, and to listen to everyone’s voices and everyone’s concerns, so that as we go forward, we are looking out for all of us.

      • Couldn’t agree more.
        Stewards of life and gatekeepers, truth-tellers…
        We must always beware of corrupt cynics, of those experts who know more than everyone else, and especially, the blatant deceivers who only tell us what we want to hear. Sometimes it is better to listen and act upon what we really know, than to speak much and do nothing.

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