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Old September 9th, 2013, 08:54 PM   #1
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Noam Chomsky Blames ‘White People’ For Syrian Gas Attack

Noam Chomsky Blames ‘White People’ For Syrian Gas Attack

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Anti-war activist Noam Chomsky claimed today that Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad did not gas his own people with chemical weapons last month.

In an interview with Democracy Now the left-wing intellectual argued that, rather, the attack could only have been carried out by "privileged white people" from America or Europe.

"This just doesn't fit the pattern" Chomsky told host Amy Goodman. "Usually the white people are oppressing the brown people. But here you have a brown person slaughtering brown people. It just doesn't add up. Brown people are supposed to be the good guys.

"Clearly what's happened is that America or Sweden or some other blond-haired, neo-liberal country instigated this attack and then framed Assad as an excuse to invade and steal Syria's oil. It's the only thing that makes any sense.

"I'm sure Monsanto is involved too, but I haven't figured out how yet. The Western corporatists have gone too far this time. We need to condemn this heinous atrocity."

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Noam Chomsky is a noted linguist whose theory of generative grammar revolutionized the field in the 1950s and 60s. Recently, however, he has been better known for his political views, in particular his vitriolic criticism of United States foreign policy.

Chomsky became a hero on the left for his cogent opposition to the Vietnam war in the 1960s and 70s. In recent decades, however, he has opposed all Western military intervention, including humanitarian strikes in places like Kosovo, Libya and Syria supported by others on the intellectual left.

But suggesting that the Syrian chemical attacks were staged by whites in a false flag operation was too much even for Goodman, who took Chomsky to task over his assertions.

"You seem to be implying that only Western countries can commit war crimes," she gently admonished. "Isn't that a bit myopic and ahistorical?"

"Not at all Amy, quite the contrary, " he replied. "White people have the worst human rights record in the world. Who committed the holocaust? White people. Who pretended there was a genocide in Cambodia? White people. Who is responsible for Justin Bieber's music? White people.

"White people are awful. If we really cared about the citizens of Syria we'd be trying to find the real perpetrators of these chemical attacks instead of bombing innocent members of the Assad regime."
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Old September 9th, 2013, 09:19 PM   #2
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“In every bit of honest writing in the world, there is a base theme. Try to understand men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other. KNOWING A MAN WELL NEVER LEADS TO HATE and nearly always leads to love. There are shorter means, many of them. There is writing promoting social change, writing punishing injustice, writing in celebration of heroism, but always that base theme. TRY TO UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER!” --- John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

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Old September 9th, 2013, 09:37 PM   #3
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This guy isn't exactly an intellectual heavyweight based on the above article. First we have
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"This just doesn't fit the pattern" Chomsky told host Amy Goodman. "Usually the white people are oppressing the brown people. But here you have a brown person slaughtering brown people. It just doesn't add up. Brown people are supposed to be the good guys.
Like the whole Syrian civil war, Goddam Insane's Kurt genocide, the ongoing Sunni Shia killings in Iraq and other places sort of contradict this.

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"Clearly what's happened is that America or Sweden or some other blond-haired, neo-liberal country instigated this attack and then framed Assad as an excuse to invade and steal Syria's oil. It's the only thing that makes any sense.
Yup, Syria's 400,000 bbls/d of oil, 0.48% of the world's production and a whole 2% of America's consumption is worthy of another war. Not.
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Thanks for the memories Saddam - YouTube

On August 18, 2002, the New York Times carried a front-page story headlined, "Officers say U.S. aided Iraq despite the use of gas". Quoting anonymous US "senior military officers", the NYT "revealed" that in the 1980s, the administration of US President Ronald Reagan covertly provided "critical battle planning assistance at a time when American intelligence knew that Iraqi commanders would employ chemical weapons in waging the decisive battles of the Iran-Iraq war". The story made a brief splash in the international media, then died.

While the August 18 NYT article added new details about the extent of US military collaboration with Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during Iraq’s 1980-88 war with Iran, it omitted the most outrageous aspect of the scandal: not only did Ronald Reagan’s Washington turn a blind-eye to the Hussein regime’s repeated use of chemical weapons against Iranian soldiers and Iraq’s Kurdish minority, but the US helped Iraq develop its chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programs

How Reagan Armed Saddam with Chemical Weapons » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Five years before Saddam Husseins now infamous 1988 gassing of the Kurds, a key meeting took place in Baghdad that would play a significant role in forging close ties between Saddam Hussein and Washington. It happened at a time when Saddam was first alleged to have used chemical weapons. The meeting in late December 1983 paved the way for an official restoration of relations between Iraq and the US, which had been severed since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

With the Iran-Iraq war escalating, President Ronald Reagan dispatched his Middle East envoy, a former secretary of defense, to Baghdad with a hand-written letter to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and a message that Washington was willing at any moment to resume diplomatic relations.

That envoy was Donald Rumsfeld.

Rumsfeld's December 19-20, 1983 visit to Baghdad made him the highest-ranking US official to visit Iraq in 6 years. He met Saddam and the two discussed topics of mutual interest, according to the Iraqi Foreign Ministry. [Saddam] made it clear that Iraq was not interested in making mischief in the world, Rumsfeld later told The New York Times. It struck us as useful to have a relationship, given that we were interested in solving the Mideast problems.

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