Israel on the Road to Self-Destruction
Recorded at UCLA, Chomsky explains how U.S. “economic, military, diplomatic and not least ideological” support for Israel is “decisive. He says, “The U.S. is a declining power, many of the reasons self-inflicted.” But still, “at the UN there’s only one vote that counts:”- Washington’s. “Israel is facing a double crisis, a crisis of legitimization and a crisis of delegitimization.” Global opposition to its policies is mounting. Change? Chomsky says, “It’s very much in our hands. If our own society is democratic enough so that popular opinion makes a difference….then there are plenty of things we can do…to compel the U.S. to join the world on this issue and others.” If that happens, he concludes, “the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can certainly be mitigated, not solved, but set on a basis of a much more favorable outcome.”
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 Works, Power Systems and Global Discontents with David Barsamian.