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  • mini-email interview with Noam Chomsky
    Posted by matchboy (Thursday September 13 2001 @ 11:29AM PDT)

    globalization Did receive it, but unfortunately, in a huge flood, and apart from that, am spending a great deal of time on radio-TV interviews around the world (not here; this is a very closed society). Letters like yours were so numerous I was compelled to write up a brief form statement, attached. Barely scratches the surface.

    As to how the US and people here will react, that's not a matter for speculation, but for action. We should do what we can to influence the reaction towards some civilized direction, instead of towards the kind if fanatic tribalism that is sure to escalate the cycle of atrocities, with dread consequences. Like the attack on Sudan, which you mention. Considered here a triviality, but not by a great many people in the world, who don't find it amusing when the US murders probably tens of thousands of people on a whim. Same with many other cases, facts understood pretty well when we move beyond the borders.

    About Bin Laden, a lot is not known, but we do know that he was one of the CIA "Afghans" -- not Afghans necessarily, but extreme Islamic fundamentalist fanatics rounded up from everywhere and sent to Afghanistan where they were armed and trained in order to cause maximal damage to Russia (and probably delay their withdrawal from Afghanistan). They've been used by the US elsewhere, in particular, Bosnia. Now we're in the "blowback" phase. Not unusual. Saddam Hussein is another example, nearby.

    Noam Chomsky


    At 10:03 AM 9/13/2001 -0400, you wrote: Noam, (if you actually do recieve this...not likely, but what the heck)

    What are your thoughts regarding the recent media coverage of the 'attack on america'?

    Do you think that when GW Bush says that the United States freedom was attacked, is he talking on behalf of all of America? What kinds of reaction to this (if it happens to be a middle east based group) do you think the American population will have towards middle eastern-americans? Do you think that it could get even remotely as close to WW2 with the Japanese-Americans?

    What kinds of things does the American public need to know about Osama bin Laden and his followers across the world? Is he a hero, or a terrorist?

    When the factories in Sudan were attacked did this help add to the flame that many middle-easterns have burning inside them that makes groups want to lash out against us?

    Has Freedom and Democracy really been attacked? or has our Capitalism only bullied people into the corner, and now they are trying to fight back.

    I'm sure you have many emails, letters, and things to be doing. If you can find it in your time to answer any of these questions or possibly point me in the direction of some of these questions (related or not) I would apprecaite it. If a future interview is ossible, I would greatly appreciate it, on behalf of tearitalldown.com thanks for you time -Robby Russell

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    By matchboy (Thursday September 13 2001 @ 11:34AM PDT)

    a link to his website at MIT. thank you Noam for your time.

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    By r00tman (Thursday September 13 2001 @ 01:57PM PDT)
    Mr. Chomsky is a great thinker and I would like to thank you for posting this information.


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    By matchboy (Thursday September 13 2001 @ 02:01PM PDT)
    thanks, I was thrilled that he even took the time to scratch the surface of questions i asked him.

    thanks Noam!

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    By Anonymous (Thursday September 13 2001 @ 03:07PM PDT)
    Noam Chomsky is the man. His perspectives are always clear and objective, a refreshing change from the crud, the incorrect reports, and the emotional simplicities shouted by CNN and friends. Can something please be done to get him in the american spotlight?


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