Noam Chomsky on Iran and Palestine [VIDEO]
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This post, written by Manila Ryce, originally appeared on The Largest Minority
There's been a drought of Noam Chomsky posts lately and I intend to rectify that with this post. In the above video, Noam talks with the Real News about the lack of justification for military action against Iran regarding their nuclear program and the accusation that they're fueling the Iraqi insurgency. Professor Chomsky cuts through the crap in a way no one else can.
In the excerpt I've posted below, Chomsky weighs in on the Annapolis Israeli/Palestinian negotiations which no one is really taking seriously. Perhaps if the legitimate Hamas government were invited to the "peace talks", progress could actually be made.
THE crimes against Palestinians in the occupied territories and elsewhere, particularly since the Palestinians voted "the wrong way" in the Hamas victory last year, are so shocking that the only emotionally valid reaction is rage and a call for extreme actions. But that does not help the victims, and is likely to harm them.
Our actions have to be adapted to real-world circumstances, difficult as it may be to stay calm in the face of shameful crimes, in which we in the United States are directly and crucially implicated.
We are approaching President Bush's Annapolis conference on Israel-Palestine, the administration's first potentially serious diplomatic initiative in that conflict.
Ideally, the Annapolis negotiations should begin at the point that had been reached in Taba, Egypt, in January 2001. That week was the one moment in 30 years when the United States and Israel abandoned the rejectionist stance that they have maintained in virtual isolation until the present. And Taba came heartbreakingly close to a possible two-state settlement, with a reasonable land-swap. The conventional fabrication is that at Taba the Palestinians rejected Israel's generous offer. In fact, the conference was terminated abruptly by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, at a moment when negotiators reported that they were close to agreement...