Monday, December 14

Noam Chomsky on Paris attacks: “If you want to end it, the first question you ask is — why did it take place?”

"How should Western leaders react to the terror attacks in Paris, renowned linguist and professor Noam Chomsky was asked by acTVism Munich host Zain Raza shortly after the attacks. 'It depends what they want to do,” Chomsky replied over a video feed at the event titled Germany’s role in the European Union and International Affairs: Post War History, Present and Possible futures. Do they want to encourage further terrorism, or do they want to end that kind of terrorism? That’s the choice,' he said of European and U.S. leaders. 'If you want to end it, the first question you ask is: why did it take place? What were the immediate causes and what were the deeper roots? And then you try to address those. The only information we have is the explanation given by ISIS,' Chomsky began, 'they say, if you bomb us we’ll attack you.'”
Salon (Video)

2011 January: Peak Oil and a Changing Climate, 2015 May: The Limits of Discourse As Demonstrated by Sam Harris and Noam Chomsky, 2015 October: Electing the President of an Empire