Category: us imperialism

politicalsci 2018-06-12 23:21:15

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“Well, what’s the crucial fact about Iran, whi…

“Well, what’s the crucial fact about Iran, which we should begin with,
is that for the past 60 years, not a day has passed in which the U.S.
has not been torturing Iranians. That’s 60 years, right now. Began with a
military coup, which overthrew the parliamentary regime in 1953,
installed the Shah, a brutal dictator. Amnesty International described
him as one of the worst, most extreme torturers in the world, year after
year.

When he was overthrown in 1979, the U.S. almost immediately
turned to supporting Saddam Hussein in an assault against Iran, which
killed hundreds of thousands of Iranians, used extensive use of chemical
weapons. Of course, at the same time, Saddam attacked his Kurdish
population with horrible chemical weapons attacks. The U.S. supported
all of that. The Reagan administration even tried to—succeeded in
preventing a censure of Iraq. The United States essentially won the war
against Iran by its support for Iraq. It immediately—Saddam Hussein was a
favorite of the Reagan and first Bush administration, to such an extent
that George H.W. Bush, the first Bush, right after the war, 1989,
invited Iraqi nuclear engineers to the United States for advanced
training in nuclear weapons production. That’s the country that had
devastated Iran, horrifying attack and war. Right after that, Iran was
subjected to harsh sanctions. And it continues right until the moment.

So we now have a 60-year record of torturing Iranians. We don’t pay
attention to it, but you can be sure that they do, with good reason.
That’s point number one.” – Noam Chomsky

politicalsci 2018-05-01 22:39:00

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The rationalization by Lyndon Johnson and his …

The rationalization by Lyndon Johnson and his spokesmen, alleging an
imminent threat of Communism, were convincingly shown by Theodore
Draper and others to have been a hypocritical cover for a positive
preference for fascism over a less reliable and less controllable
democratic reformist government. The invasion of 1965 reestablished a
firm U.S. grip on the island. As Bosch put it in June, 1975, “This
country is not pro-American, it is United States property.”

In the Dominican Republic we see the working out once again of the
familiar repression-exploitation-trickle-down model of economic growth.

– Noam Chomsky

“Aggression has a meaning, but that meaning do…

“Aggression has a meaning, but that meaning doesn’t apply to us. For US
leaders, aggression means resistance. So, anyone who resists the United
States is guilty of aggression. And that makes sense if we own the
world. So any active resistance is aggression against us. So when the US
invaded South Vietnam in the early 1960s under Kennedy, Kennedy said we
were defending ourselves from what he called “the assault from within.”

In other words, that’s the framework of reporting. Reporting
must be cheering for the home team. Nothing else is conceivable because
of the depth of these principles which are instilled into people in the
educational system and propaganda.
You can’t see the world in any other
terms. So it’s “neutral, objective reporting” to say we’re cheering for
the home team.

But notice that it makes not the slightest difference what the people
of the world or the Middle East think. That’s not relevant… And what do people think?
Well, what people think, we know from international polls that are
regularly taken. They think that the United States is the most
frightening, dangerous country in the world. And
there’s overwhelming opposition to US force, almost everywhere. It’s
also true of the Middle East. And there’s nothing new about it.” – Noam Chomsky [x]