Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Noam Chomsky’s CONTROVERSIAL Ukraine Comments

Chomsky has always been principled on this issue. Chomsky says “we are responsible for what we do.” Of course, his view on Iraq is going to be qualitatively different than what the US ought to do in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The two wars aren’t comparable in terms of what US responsibilities are in regards of ending hostilities. I think this should be fairly obvious. As to “he wouldn’t say this to Iraqis, now would he?”, what he’s describing as basically inevitable is WHAT WE DID IN IRAQ. If fictional Chomsky had said it about Iraq, he would have been correct. Also, yes, the reason you talk about your own country in moral terms is to inspire a vision of change. Doing it on a foreign conflict is peak imperial brainrot. For people who are not us, analysis must be placed firmly in empirical fact, and the fact is that, as Chomsky said, the options are to fight “to the last Ukrainian” or some kind of negotiated peace, which will likely be strongly in favor of Russia, seeing as they are the larger country.

 

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  1. The motivations were fairly similar, though. I mean- the USA went to Iraq to kill socialists. Our Ambassador was silent when Saddam aksed if invading Kuwait would result in repercussions. The weapons inspectures didn’t find crap.. so we made up a story about Anthrax. We had been talking about taking Iraq out since before even the Iran contra scandal. Anyways.

    Everybody is making a big deal about the dead 1K Ukrainians who are victims of Putin. Why not talk about the dead Russians who were equally his victms? They had no choice; they were conscripted.

    Personally, I blame Bill Clinton for this situation. And Bush Sr. And Obama. And Truman. FDR. Hoover. Actualy.. if you think about it- this goes back to 1918/.1919, when we invaded Russia, siding with the White Armies, which soured Russia on the USA and made them ultra paranoid. In a sense, we *made* Stalin a necessity. Same with Hitler; by way of the stock market crahs of 29. The Nazi had 3% of the vote beforehand, and with a downward trend.

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