Noam Chomsky, AlterNet
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The war drums are beating ever more loudly over Iran. Noam Chomsky asks us to imagine the situation in reverse. (photo: Daniel Simpson)
(September 4, 2012) It is not easy to escape from one’s skin, to see the world differently from the way it is presented to us day after day. But it is useful to try. Let’s take a few examples.
The war drums are beating ever more loudly over Iran. Imagine the situation to be reversed.
Iran is carrying out a murderous and destructive low-level war against Israel with great-power participation. Its leaders announce that negotiations are going nowhere. Israel refuses to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty and allow inspections, as Iran has done. Israel continues to defy the overwhelming international call for a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the region. Throughout, Iran enjoys the support of its superpower patron.
Sanctions: Diplomacy’s Weapon of Mass Murder, Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, AntiWar.com
The United States has successfully blackmailed other nations to be its accomplice in suffering and mass murder — diplomacy’s weapon of choice. Believing that Iran (or Syria) is the only target of these sanctions is as naive as believing that sanctions are diplomacy put in place to avoid war. The global impact of the lethal weapon — sanctions — is simply cushioned in diplomacy, a brilliantly and ruthlessly executed diplomatic coup.