Chomsky: The Arab World is on Fire

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    "'The Arab world is on fire,' al-Jazeera reported on Jan. 27, while throughout the region, Western allies 'are quickly losing their influence.'

    "The shock wave was set in motion by the dramatic uprising in Tunisia that drove out a Western-backed dictator, with reverberations especially in Egypt, where demonstrators overwhelmed a dictator’s brutal police...

    "The vibrant democracy movement in Tunisia was directed against 'a police state, with little freedom of expression or association, and serious human rights problems,' ruled by a dictator whose family was hated for their venality.

    "This was the assessment by U.S. Ambassador Robert Godec in a July 2009 cable released by WikiLeaks.

    Chomsky's op-ed then reveals how Washington provided $12 million in military aid to Tunisia and how there has long been a gap in the Arab world between what the masses believe and what Arab elites profess in public:

    "Unmentioned is what the population thinks – easily discovered.

    "According to polls released by the Brookings Institution in August, some Arabs agree with Washington and Western commentators that Iran is a threat: 10 percent.

    "In contrast, they regard the U.S. and Israel as the major threats (77 percent; 88 percent).

    "Arab opinion is so hostile to Washington’s policies that a majority (57 percent) think regional security would be enhanced if Iran had nuclear weapons...

    "The dictators support us. Their subjects can be ignored – unless they break their chains, and then policy must be adjusted."

    Arab chains have broken in Tunesia.
    Are breaking in Egypt...
    If Saudi chains are next?
     
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    Well his powers of deduction are exceptional. I thought they were suffering major flooding.
     
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    "Eyewitnesses told Arab News that floodwater was turning streets into rivers once again, and that the water from a broken dam was flooding nearby neighborhoods.

    "Cars were seen floating in some places."

    Torrential rain hits...

    For the record, Noam said nothing about Saudi Arabia in his op-ed.

    It occurred to me that a popular uprising that toppled the Saudi Monarchy would change things is some of the ways 911 did.

    Chomsky did offer his thoughts on Tunisia and Egypt in this 13 minute video on Democracy Now!
     
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    Good ol Chomsky. Who beleives that war in all cases is bad. Unless of course your fighting against the united states or trying to premote religious extreamism or socialism. Then he is fine with it.
     
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    "Chomsky was voted the leading living public intellectual in The 2005 Global Intellectuals Poll conducted by the British magazine Prospect. He reacted, saying 'I don't pay a lot of attention to polls'.[116]

    "In a list compiled by the magazine New Statesman in 2006, he was voted seventh in the list of 'Heroes of our time'".

    Chomsky - Wiki

    It is widely believed he's the eighth most widely quoted author of all time. The only living writer on a top ten list that starts with the Bible.

    Shakespeare, Freud, Marx, Chaucer, Cicero...Chomsky...

    Can you tell me when he has supported wars of religious extremism?
     
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    Agree or disagree?

    "One 1989 comparison (to Tunisia and Egypt) has some validity: Romania, where Washington maintained its support for Nicolae Ceausescu, the most vicious of the East European dictators, until the allegiance became untenable.

    "Then Washington hailed his overthrow while the past was erased."

    The Arab World...
     
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    Whatever the Anti-American Chomsky states is shit, or it will result in shit for America.

    Chomsky is a certified Commie Arsehole.

    IOW, a total Piece of Shit.
     
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    Agree or disagree?

    "One 1989 comparison has some validity: Romania, where Washington maintained its support for Nicolae Ceausescu, the most vicious of the East European dictators, until the allegiance became untenable. Then Washington hailed his overthrow while the past was erased.

    "That is a standard pattern: Ferdinand Marcos, Jean-Claude Duvalier, Chun Doo Hwan, Suharto and many other useful gangsters.

    "It may be under way in the case of Hosni Mubarak, along with routine efforts to try to ensure that a successor regime will not veer far from the approved path.

    "The current hope appears to be Mubarak loyalist Gen. Omar Suleiman, just named Egypt’s vice president. Suleiman, the longtime head of the intelligence services, is despised by the rebelling public almost as much as the dictator himself."

    The Arab World
     
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    Tunisian revolution hittin' a rough patch...
    :eek:
    Tunisian police chief fires on crowd, kills 2
    Feb 5, 11 -- Police fired at an angry crowd of 1,000 attacking the police station in the northwestern town of Kef on Saturday, killing two people and injuring 17 others, the Interior Ministry said.
    See also:

    Tunisia Police Station Burned Down...
    :redface:
    Tunisian minister suspends ex-ruling party
    February 05, 2011 | Tunisia's interior minister on Sunday suspended all activities of the country's former ruling party amid the most serious protests since the country's autocratic ruler fled into exile.
     

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