September 11

September 11

September 11

September 11


Fearless and outspoken as always, Noam Chomsky uses his impeccable knowledge of United States foreign policy in the Middle East and South Asia to provide a wide ranging analysis of the terrorist attacks of September 11.


Based on an interview with II Manifesto (Italy), September 19, 2001

Q: The fall of the Berlin Wall didn't claim any victims, but it did profoundly change the geopolitical scene. Do you think that the attacks of September 11 could have a similar effect?

CHOMSKY: The fall of the Berlin Wall was an event of great importance and did change the geopolitical scene, but not in the ways usually assumed, in my opinion. I've tried to explain my reasons elsewhere and won't go into it now.

The horrifying atrocities of September 11 are something quite new in world affairs, not in their scale and character, but in the target. For the United States, this is the first time since the War of 1812 that the national territory has been under attack, or even threatened. Many commentators have brought up a Pearl Harbor analogy, but that is misleading. On December 7, 1941, military bases in two U.S. colonies . . .

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