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Dec 012013
An interview titled “All superpowers feel exceptional, inflate security myth for ‘frightened population’ ” (https://chomsky.info/interviews/20131010.htm; obtained on 10-27-2013) in which Noam Chomsky was interviewed by Anissa Naouai for RT was published on October 10, 2013. The interview ended in the following way:

“RT: Why do we not see more Americans scrutinizing NSA spying, Obama’s drone campaign, clear violations and certainly things that you have people abroad criticizing the US for. Why is it so quiet back home?

NC: Because the security. It’s a frightened population and the security argument has weight. People feel, somehow, that the government is not protecting us. Take, say, drones. The drone campaign is by far the biggest terrorist campaign in the world. It’s never described that way but that’s of course what it is. Furthermore it’s a terrorist generating campaign. From the highest levels and most respected sources it’s recognized that the drone attacks create potential terrorists on quite a substantial scale. Therefore it’s a threat to US security, apart from being a terrorist campaign in itself, and almost never discussed. Take the invasion of Iraq.

The invasion of Iraq was undertaken with warnings from the intelligence services in the United States and Britain, both the attacking countries, intelligence services warned that this was going to increase terrorism. It did by a huge factor. According to government statistics by about a factor of seven in the first year. Does that help security? Well they had other reasons to invade Iraq, not security and this goes way back.

Let’s go back to 1950. The US was overwhelmingly powerful, it had about half the world’s wealth, incomparable security and so on. But there was a potentially serious danger: ICBMs with hydrogen bomb warheads. They didn’t exist but they were going to exist. Well, if the government had any interest in security it would have moved to see if Russia would have accepted a treaty to ban the production of these weapons and it’s very possible that they would have. Not because they’re nice people but because they knew they were way behind. So it might have worked.

There’s kind of a standard history of nuclear weapons policy by George Bundy who was national security advisor for Kennedy and Johnson. He had access to the highest level of internal documents. And in this book there are a couple of lines, which are most in important in the book, which observed he could not find any internal paper that even raised this possibility.

The concern over destruction of the country was so limited that they never even discussed the possibility of developing a treaty arrangement with their only adversary which could have eliminated this threat. It’s just not a concern. That’s the way states operate. Where we know anything about state policy — it’s very typical like this — they have their own power systems and they have their own lists of concerns but security of the population is not high on the list. But the population accepts it and they are afraid. And other countries too, they’re afraid. They think we need big brother to protect us from enemies so there’s very little protest and very little discussion. So check to see where you can find the drone campaign described as a terrorist campaign because it’s generating terrorists. You can find it on the fringes but most people, they’ve never heard anything like this.”


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