What Next in the Middle East?
Chomsky goes over the record of the salient issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with particular attention to the relevant facts omitted from history. For decades the overwhelming international consensus has been in favor of a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders. Despite Obama’s “soaring rhetoric” he deviates little from the long-standing U.S. policy of joining Israel in rejectionism. The media and intellectual class fall into line. The Palestinians are to be satisfied with Bantustans with no water. The Hamas election demonstrates Washington’s devotion to democracy. When the results are not in your favor you attempt to reverse them. Gaza is to be beaten into submission. The solution to the conflict is relatively “easy” in Chomsky’s words “because a large majority of the U.S. population supports the international consensus.” Lecture with Q&A.
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 95, he continues to inform and inspire people 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.