domingo, 27 de fevereiro de 2011

Noam Chomsky Interview - Human rights in US foreign policy

Noam Chomsky: U.S. is very much in favor of human rights in the enemy countries. So U.S. is greatly in favor of human rights in Iran or in Eastern Europe, but not in the Western domains. Take Eastern Europe and Central America and compare them in the 70’s and 80’s and the post-Stalin era. In the post-Stalin era, human rights were protected much better in Eastern Europe than in Central America. In 1989 the Berlin Wall went down and one week after it 6 leading Latin American intellectuals had their brains blown out by the Salvadorian Special Forces which just came out of the military training at Fort Bragg. Those were people trained to commit several thousands of assassinations in El Salvador beginning with the assassination of the Archbishop. And that was just El Salvador. Guatemala was much worse. But nothing like that happened in Eastern Europe. Havel was punished but his brain never was blown out by the Special Forces trained by the Russians. But we don’t see that, we are not allowed to see that. We are expected to believe and worship our leaders. But if you pay attention to the facts it is pretty obvious. And Obama has changed practically nothing about it. He just made a rhetorical change.