posted on Sep, 4 2012 @ 11:40 AM
A friend of mine forwarded this to me today. Personally I really like Noam, he's a great man in my eyes.
A lot of others however have their issues, but he makes a great argument in this piece. I will link some of the article and discuss the specific
points I found most interesting. Here is the first part of the article:
It is not easy to escape from one's skin, to see the world differently from the way it is presented to us day after day. But it is useful to try.
Let's take a few examples.
The war drums are beating ever more loudly over Iran. Imagine the situation to be reversed.
Iran is carrying out a murderous and destructive low-level war against Israel with great-power participation. Its leaders announce that negotiations
are going nowhere. Israel refuses to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty and allow inspections, as Iran has done. Israel continues to defy the
overwhelming international call for a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the region. Throughout, Iran enjoys the support of its superpower patron.
Now this is a reversal of the current conditions that we see in today's media and world social economic reality. However it's a great piece of
contrats and IMO he's right about what would happen.
an engaged in nuclear development programs under the shah, with the strong support of official Washington. The Iranian government is brutal and
repressive, as are Washington's allies in the region. The most important ally, Saudi Arabia, is the most extreme Islamic fundamentalist regime, and
spends enormous funds spreading its radical Wahhabist doctrines elsewhere. The gulf dictatorships, also favored U.S. allies, have harshly repressed
any popular effort to join the Arab Spring.
This is something I"ve discussed for a long time. The fact that all these recent conflicts we have seen are with dictators that had US/European
support when they were elevated to their positions, now all of the suddent they are the bane of the world?
We may have democracy in this country, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both."
I wonder, is this true? To me it certainly is. We can't argue that the wealth of the great nation of the US a long with all major 1st world
nations, is concentrated among the very few. Oligarchy is more appropriate than the idea of Democracy in these nations.
This is a book
that he does mention within this piece that I intend on getting relatively soon.
I think analysis of this topic is quite important and this current election cycle has spent far too much time discussion nonsense issues like
Abortion and Rape, instead of the hard economic and power play questions that should dominate the news.
So ATS, I ask, what do you think of Noam's positions? Is he right? Clearly some will argue he is just anti-Israel and anti-US and that may be true.
But he's got good reasons.
According to others who live in wealthy nations, they too agree that these two powers are the most dangerous and have the power to create conflict at
the drop of a dime.