by Noam Chomsky
In These Times
April 3, 2011
Last month, at the international tribunal on crimes during the civil war in Sierra Leone, the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor came to an end.
The chief prosecutor, U.S. law professor David Crane, informed The Times of London that the case was incomplete: The prosecutors intended to charge Moammar Gadhafi, who, Crane said, “was ultimately responsible for the mutilation, maiming and/or murder of 1.2 million people.”
But the charge was not to be. The U.S., U.K. and others intervened to block it. Asked why, Crane said, “Welcome to the world of oil.”
Another recent Gadhafi casualty was Sir Howard Davies, the director of the London School of Economics, who resigned after revelations of the school’s links to the Libyan dictator.
In Cambridge, Mass., the Monitor Group, a consultancy firm founded by Harvard professors, was well paid for such services as a book to bring Gadhafi’s immortal words to the public “in conversation with renowned international experts,” along with other efforts “to enhance international appreciation of (Gadhafi’s) Libya.”
- On Libya and the Unfolding Crises, Noam Chomsky interviewed by Stephen Shalom and Michael Albert (dandelionsalad.wordpress.com)
- Noam Chomsky: Responsibility and Integrity: The Dilemmas We Face (dandelionsalad.wordpress.com)
- Noam Chomsky: Obama is Worse (dandelionsalad.wordpress.com)
- Noam Chomsky: Stability means obedience to US domination (dandelionsalad.wordpress.com)