Chomsky on Michael Ware’s claim of bloodbath in Iraq if US withdraws

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by Noam Chomsky
http://www.zcommunications.org
May 16, 2008

Below is an exchange that took place in the ZNet Sustainer Forums where Noam interacts with the forum users. The question posed to Noam is further below in this blog post. Here is Noam’s response to the question.

Noam Chomsky: I doubt that Ware has anything like the direct experience in Iraq of Nir Rosen, Patrick Cockburn, and the few other journalists who actually know the country well. But put that aside.

The country already has largely been destroyed by the US invasion and its horrendous aftermath — which Iraqis, rightly, blame on the invasion, as Pentagon studies recognize. I don’t doubt that Rosen, Cockburn, and other knowledgeable observers would agree that the withdrawal of the occupying army would be followed by bloodshed, but according to the consistent judgment of Iraqis, repeatedly found in Western-run polls, their presence is a primary instigator of such violence. The longer they stay, the worse it is likely to get. There’s a good article on the “surge’ in the current issue of Foreign Affairs by Steven Simon, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, formerly on the National Security Council, no leftist critic.

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3 thoughts on “Chomsky on Michael Ware’s claim of bloodbath in Iraq if US withdraws

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  2. Chomsky gets to be foreign policy adviser in the next Admin!

    So far I’ve only heard Gravel suggest that the genius scholarly wisdom of Chomsky be consulted.

    I’m personally appointing Chomsky as chief strategist of my new think tank: ‘Project GO HOM’ (AKA: Get Out Honestly from Occupation of Mesopotamia’).

  3. ” …their presence is a primary instigator of such violence. The longer they stay, the worse it is likely to get.”

    Absolutely right! Unfortunately, “nothing is most frightful than ignorance in action”, and this band of democratic criminals of the bush’s regime became the irony of its own arrogance. There is no remedy for the evil these personified evils have done by destroying Iraq and its people! At least, be them held accountable for their repulsive political ambitions accomplished through crimes.

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