U.S. Mideast Policy: Motives and Consequences
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, 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.