Cutting through the crap!

Truthout has a new short interview with Noam Chomsky. Probably nothing too new if you’re familiar with his views, but I found a couple comments worth highlighting:

Q: How will the US deal with China as a superpower?

NC: What’s the problem with China?

Q: Well, competing for resources, for example.

NC: Well, if you believe in markets, the way we’re supposed to, compete for resources through the market. So what’s the problem? The problem is that the United States doesn’t like the way it’s coming out. Well, too bad. Who has ever liked the way it’s coming out when you’re not winning? China isn’t any kind of threat. We can make it a threat. If you increase the military threats against China, then they will respond. And they’re already doing it. They’ll respond by building up their military forces, their offensive military capacity, and that’s a threat. So, yeah, we can force them to become a threat.

And this on a question about Iraq withdrawal, and actual Administration thinking:

We’re not allowed to concede that our leaders have rational imperial interests. We have to assume that they’re good-hearted and bumbling. But they’re not. They’re perfectly sensible. They can understand what anybody else can understand. So the first step in talk about withdrawal is: consider the actual situation, not some dream situation, where Bush is pursuing a vision of democracy or something.

(now I might quibble with the wording a little – we citizens are of course allowed to think what we want, but perhaps the media is a bit more ‘constricted’ in its approach).

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  • Garry Pugh  On January 28, 2006 at 12:21 am

    Curt I just read “Thunder from the Silent Zone” by Paul Monk
    About China and its relationship with the west and pays particular attention to what it means for the Democracy of Taiwan and China’s ambitions in that area.
    Very interesting and balanced appraisal of the situation.
    Give it a read.

    Also just started “Mao The Unknown Story” by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday I just know this is going to be very depressing.

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