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U.S. Mideast Policy: Motives and Consequences

Program #CHON030. Recorded in Los Angeles, CA on January 27, 1988.

Chomsky examines the roots and underlying impulses that inform, guide and direct U.S. policies in the Middle East. Within the regional context, he focuses on U.S. relations with Iran and Israel. He explores the background of the Iran/contra scandal and documents that secret arms shipments were going to Iran via Israel since the early 1980s. He shows how and why the U.S. has created and manipulated Israel as a "strategic asset" and why both countries have opposed and blocked a peace settlement with the Palestinians. Chomsky's perspectives are singular, his arguments cogent and his conclusions startling and provocative.

Recorded at UCLA.


Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky, by any measure, has led a most extraordinary life. In one index he is ranked as the eighth most cited person in history, right up there with Aristotle, Shakespeare, Marx, Plato and Freud. The legendary MIT professor practically invented modern linguistics. In addition to his pioneering work in that field he has been a leading voice for peace and social justice for many decades. Chris Hedges says he is “America’s greatest intellectual” who “makes the powerful, as well as their liberal apologists, deeply uncomfortable.” He is Institute Professor (emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT and Laureate Professor of Linguistics and Haury Chair in the Program in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona. At 90, he still gives lectures all over the world. He is the author of scores of books, including Propaganda & the Public Mind, How the World WorksPower Systems and Global Discontents with David Barsamian.

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