The Human Face of Imperial Ambition
The National Security Strategy of the United States issued in September 2002 frankly states, “The events of September 11, 2001 fundamentally changed the context for relations between the U.S. and other main centers of global power, and opened vast, new opportunities.” And what are those opportunities for the people of Iraq? A U.S.-led invasion and occupation for starters. Who’s next? Iran and North Korea may already by in their sights. David Barsamian considers this one of Chomsky’s best interviews. Crucial for understanding the invasion of Iraq and the goals of the United States for the Middle East and the rest of the world. David also interviewed Kathy Kelly in Baghdad on the eve of the second Gulf War. Kelly passionately gave a first-hand account of the human impact of the sanctions and the impending war in Iraq.
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. His contributions to modern linguistics are legendary. 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.” The New Statesman calls him “the conscience of the American people.” He is 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 93, he is still active; writing and giving interviews to the media all over the world. He is the author of scores of books, his latest are Consequences of Capitalism, Chronicles of Dissent and Notes on Resistance.
Kathy Kelly, a leading activist in the peace movement, is a multiple nominee for the Nobel Prize. She is co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. She has been to Iraq, Afghanistan and other war zones scores of times. She is the author of Other Lands Have Dreams.