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U.S. Gulf Policy

Program #CHON056. Recorded in Cambridge, MA on November 19, 1990.

The Gulf cisis moves inexorably toward war. The U.S. has committed hundreds of thousands of troops, with more on the way. Why is diplomacy shunned, and why are sanctions not given a chance to work? Noam Chomsky explains why. He persuasively argues that the U.S. prefers to use force. Chomsky exposes the hypocrisy and double standards of U.S. policy vs. Iraq. Agression, occupation and annexation is permissible for the U.S. or its clients but not for Saddam, who Bush calls "worse than Hitler." Around the country there is growing concern about and opposition to war. Chomsky offers vital information and analyses that deserve to be heard and discussed before the shooting starts.


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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