Noam Chomsky, an institute professor emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a world-renowned political commentator and philosopher, issued a stern warning against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — his strategic mission to derail the president’s plan is not for the safety and survival of Israel – but the regional dominance of war-hungry Netanyahu. Chomsky said:
“For both Prime Minister Netanyahu and the hawks in Congress, mostly Republican, the primary goal is to undermine any potential negotiation that might settle whatever issue there is with Iran. They have a common interest in ensuring there is no regional force that can serve as any kind of deterrent to Israeli and U.S. violence, the major violence in the region.”
The famous linguist and anarcho-syndicalist sat down for an interview with Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman and Aaron Mate and delivered a major blow to the Israeli Prime Minister and the Republicans in Congress. Here are some of the highlights from his interview:
“I don’t think anyone with a grey cell functioning thinks that they [Iran] would ever conceivably use a nuclear weapon, or even try to. The country would be obliterated in 15 seconds. But they might provide a deterrent of sorts. And the U.S. and Israel certainly don’t want to tolerate that. They are the forces that carry out regular violence and aggression in the region and don’t want any impediment to that.”
“Iran is under extremely close surveillance. U.S. satellite surveillance knows everything that’s going on in Iran. If Iran even began to load a missile—that is, to bring a missile near a weapon—the country would probably be wiped out. And whatever you think about the clerics, the Guardian Council and so on, there’s no indication that they’re suicidal.”
“And for the Republicans in Congress, there’s another interest—namely, to undermine anything that Obama, you know, the entity Christ, might try to do. So that’s a separate issue there. The Republicans stopped being an ordinary parliamentary party some years ago. They were described, I think accurately, by Norman Ornstein, the very respected conservative political analyst, American Enterprise Institute; he said the party has become a radical insurgency which has abandoned any commitment to parliamentary democracy. And their goal for the last years has simply been to undermine anything that Obama might do, in an effort to regain power and serve their primary constituency, which is the very wealthy and the corporate sector.”
There seem to be a lot of contrasts between the Republicans who want to “regain power and serve their primary constituency” and Benjamin Netanyahu – all they want is power. Netanyahu is famous for his fear mongering propaganda that Iran has the intent to wipe the Jewish people off the face of the planet. Yet Iran, who is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, does not have a nuclear bomb. But guess who does have nuclear weapons and is not a signatory? Israel. Netanyahu’s hatred of the Palestinian Muslims (which he is trying to distract us from using Iran) resonates as over four million stateless Palestinians living in Israel have no vote in the active politics. Meanwhile, in big bad Iran, Jewish Iranians do have a vote, and even have Jewish representation. And here I thought Iran hated the Jews. That’s what Bibi has been telling us all long.
“Israel has had nuclear weapons for probably 50 years or 40 years. They have, estimates are, maybe 100, 200 nuclear weapons. And they are an aggressive state. Israel has invaded Lebanon five times. It’s carrying out an illegal occupation that carries out brutal attacks like Gaza last summer. And they have nuclear weapons. But the main story is that if—incidentally, the Mossad analysis corresponds to U.S. intelligence analysis. They don’t know if Iran is developing nuclear weapons. But I think the crucial fact is that even if they were, what would it mean? It would be just as U.S. intelligence analyzes it: It would be part of a deterrent strategy. They couldn’t use a nuclear weapon. They couldn’t even threaten to use it. Israel, on the other hand, can; has, in fact, threatened the use of nuclear weapons a number of times.”
In the interview, when asked why Netanyahu continued his propaganda in the face of no threat to Israel, Chomsky brought down the hammer:
“Because he doesn’t want to have a deterrent in the region. That’s simple enough. If you’re an aggressive, violent state, you want to be able to use force freely. You don’t want anything that might impede it.”
The fact of the matter is, Netanyahu wants to push Iran into submission. They don’t fear for their safety. It’s strategic propaganda for regional dominance. Once Israel, and the world, sees Netanyahu for the scared little liar he is, he will be disregarded as a failed leader.
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