At West Point
Program #CHON187. Recorded in West Point, NY on April 20, 2006.
A rare opportunity to hear Chomsky talking to the cadets at West Point on “just war theory.” Chomsky takes down Michael Walzer who proclaims that Afghanistan and Serbia are examples of the “triumph of just war theory.” Also coming under critical scrutiny is Jean Bethke Elshtain, author of Just War Against Terror. Chomsky reviews the UN Charter, international law and treaties, noting the selective use of just war theory and the sheer vagueness of its advocates. Chomsky says, “There’s a big gap between assertion and argument, between surmise and evidence. So if you can tell me where just war theory entails that we ought to intervene, we can consider the question.”
Features a lively Q&A.
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