Dec. 9, 2009
Top American intellectual Noam Chomsky says that the general public should fear more from the US and Israel than Iran.
During a lecture entitled “Obama, the Middle East and the Prospects of Peace” delivered at Boston University on Tuesday, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor stressed that Iran is acting within the framework of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
“All states [must] resolve their conflicts within the framework of the Non-Proliferation Treaty,” he said.
“Who was that resolution directed at? Nothing in the resolution relates to Iran. Iran is not threatening the use of force, and as far as anyone knows, they are staying within the bounds of the treaty,” Chomsky added.
He said people may have more to fear from the two countries that the American public would not typically associate with terrorism.
“The resolution is actually directed at the two states that consistently and regularly do resort to force and the threat of force, namely the United States and Israel,” he said.
“Those are the countries that carry out aggression regularly and repeatedly, that invade other countries, occupy other countries, invoke terror and violence and they’re unique in that respect,” Chomsky added.
He stated that the US government and its media have propagated exaggerated reports about Iran’s nuclear program.
“There has been a massive propaganda campaign that demonizes Iran, that portrays it as a major threat to world peace that has been going on for the past three years,” Chomsky said.
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I wish he’d been invited to make this speech at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony tonight 😉
Love the Chomsky! “War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.” – George Orwell