Esoteric Dissertations from a One-Track Mind

November 23, 2007

Chomsky on Iran

The Real News has an interview with Noam Chomsky about Iran.

The narrative Chomsky gives of U.S. involvement in Iran starting from the aftermath of World War 2 and the disintegration of the British Empire to the present day should be canon for any meaningful discussion of Iran.

The key events are

  1. Mohammed Mosaddeq, prime minister of Iran announces plans to nationalize Iran’s oil fields
  2. Operation Ajax – CIA backs 1953 coup d’etat to install the Shah
  3. Iranian Revolution of 1979, the oppressive regime of the Shah is replaced with an Islamic theocracy
  4. 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War – Saddam Hussein attacks Iran out of fear of the Islamic revolution spreading to Iraq (United States backs Hussein)
  5. 1990-1991 Gulf War – Iraq invades Kuwait, U.S. wages war to maintain balance of power in the region
  6. 2003 Iraq War – U.S. invades Iraq under the pretext of fighting global terrorism and failure of Hussein’s regime to relinquish its stockpile of Weapons of Mass Destruction (the massive stockpiles of WMDs still have not been found)

The mainstream media seems either ignorant or uninterested in this uncelebrated history of U.S. involvement in the region. No matter how banal or irrelevant our media or U.S. elites may find it, Iranians probably feel differently.

On another note, Glenn Greenwald does a good job tearing into Joe Klein. Klein is not stuck in the 80’s however. Klein is doing what he probably has always done. Defending and encouraging Democratic capitulation on foreign policy and security matters on behalf of the Washington consensus. The fact the Washington consensus has fallen way outside the favor of average American citizen makes no difference. Joe Klein will lie or bullshit his way to defending it. This further proves Joe Klein is a lying, formulaic hack, as was also demonstrated with the “Primary Colors” incident.

“For God’s sake,” said Mr. Klein, a Newsweek magazine columnist, “definitely, I didn’t write [Primary Colors].”

For God’s sake Joe, you did! Further proving that either lying or being consistently, demonstrably wrong is not sufficient grounds for ejection from the pundit class.

One could make a career proving Chomsky right about his ideas on political discourse in America.

As a final note, we should examine what “liberal” pundits tell the politicians we elect to capitulate on.

This is part of Amnesty International’s unsubscribe-me campaign. From the website:

The Directors approached the making of the film in a way that has never been done before, choosing to show the reality of Stress Positions in as authentic a way as possible. They filmed a person being put into Stress Positions over a 6 hour period. There is no acting on the part of the “prisoner” – his pain and anguish is for real.

September 24, 2007

The Real News

Filed under: culture, media — Tags: , — codesmithy @ 9:30 am

The Real News is a new attempt at a completely independent news service.  Independent in the sense that it is free  from the economics of advertising, government and corporate sponsorship.  The economic model is essential to independence.  There are many good people in the traditional media, but unfortunately the people that own the companies pick the people to run the news desks.  There has been more of a media consolidation recently.  In some respects, this has been fueled by the Internet.  On the other hand, projects like the real news have the potential to completely decimate the old power structure and lead to a more democratic society.  One based fundamentally on better information.

Below is an interview with CEO and founder Paul Jay.

People like Paul Jay are one of the reasons why I find history more interesting than fiction.  People like moan about the media, and here is someone actually trying to do something about it.  I’m not an idealist, and the real news is going to face hurdles, however the world is no better a place than what we make it.

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