December 8, 2009
Hosted by School of Education and Axis of Hope
In a lecture reaching far beyond the designated topic of Middle East peace prospects, Noam Chomsky is sharply critical of Israel, India, Pakistan, President Obama, and the United States—which he calls a “rogue nation” and “the Godfather.” He accuses the U.S. of controlling Israel and undermining the two-state solution that would establish a Palestinian state.
Chomsky criticizes the domestic media, which he believes is complicit in demonizing Iran (“a massive propaganda campaign”) while ignoring violations of international law and United Nations resolutions by the U.S., Israel, India, and Pakistan. Attributing Obama’s victory to backing by major financial institutions, he dismisses U.S. presidential elections as “a façade, like a TV commercial, a way to get uninformed consumers to make irrational choices.” Chomsky also charges the Obama administration with secretly undermining a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians, insisting that if the United States directed Israel to cease aggressions in Gaza or new settlements in the West Bank, Israel would oblige. He chides Obama for going soft on “evil dictator” Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s president, and for increasing stealth bomber plane production on the eve of accepting the Nobel Peace Prize. However, Chomsky praises peace efforts in Northern Ireland as evidence that peace is possible if terrorists’ grievances are addressed. Chomsky also lauds special envoy George Mitchell, calling him a good choice as a Middle East negotiator.
December 8, 2009, 6 p.m.
871 Commonwealth Avenue
Video length is 01:29:19.