US Public Directed to Condemn Chemical Attacks and Election Interference – Unless Carried Out by US or Collaborators

Dr. Noam Chomsky, a scholar who taught classes on US foreign policy at MIT and whom International Business Times notes is “one of the world’s most eminent academics and political commentators”, gave a more than one hour-long interview this week to Democracy Now.  In it, he points out that while the US government and oligarchy (see below) encourages US citizens to be outraged over alleged Russian interference in the US election, US citizens are not supposed to react similarly (or accept that citizens in other countries have a right to react similarly) when the US government carries out more extreme acts against other countries, including Russia, where the US interfered heavily, and to mass, deadly effect (contributing to millions of years life lost), in the 1990s.

Thus, while the US public is supposed to be outraged and support retaliatory measures in response to alleged Russian acts today, it is not supposed to view those acts as a legitimate and fair Russian retaliatory response to earlier and more extreme US interference in Russian elections and society.  Russians do not have a right to be outraged or retaliate, or so the US public is intended to accept, and the US public should certainly not call for any punishment of US officials who previously interfered against Russia and elsewhere.

Likewise, the US public is not supposed to accept that any other countries might feel outraged, let alone have a right to retaliation, in response to more extreme US interference in their elections and politics.  (Historian William Blum notes the US has overthrown more governments, mostly democracies, than any other country in history.  See his book ‘Rogue State’.)  While the US is supposed to be outraged and retaliate against such measures, US victims are not.  Hence US public opinion is conditioned to support “jungle law” – the strong can do what they want, the weak can do nothing – a rather convenient stance for the most powerful global military power in world history.

The US oligarchy’s encouragement of the embrace of this philosophy by the US public may be a factor in US-run global opinion polls that Chomsky notes find the US considered by far the greatest obstacle to world peace, with no other country coming close.

Chomsky further notes that in the US, as has been found over and over in political science studies, the lower “70% of voters” on the income scale “are literally disenfranchised”; they have no effect on US government policy, which is essentially determined, Chomsky notes, by the top 0.1% on the income scale.  Thus, for example, while the majority of the public has polled for decades, he points out, as desiring the same kind of healthcare system that exists in all economically comparable countries – namely a universal healthcare system – this is blocked.

Who is preventing its implementation?  The government/corporate complex, or oligarchic form of government, which dictates to the majority the type of system that is put in place (as well as virtually every other policy), and then uses its press outlets (what Norman Solomon calls the “billionaire’s press”, which is one third of what the NYT boastfully calls the “iron triangle” of the US political system) to assure the public, through massive propaganda campaigns, that this is “democracy” – a term that literally means public control over government policy, though this is the opposite of what is displayed.  (Note, for example, in Washington Post and NYT articles, how often the US is flatly referred to as a “democracy”, a country where the citizens control government policy.)

Chomsky adds regarding the Russia/Trump collaboration “joke” that it is “paradoxical” that the so-called issue of the Trump regime having pre-inauguration contacts with Russians, which he says is one of the only sensible things Trump has done (as it might reduce extremely high war-tensions), has been the overwhelming obsession of the Democratic opposition.

(Journalist Robert Parry finds this obsession less paradoxical than Chomsky, noting, in an article on Trump’s general ineptitude, that “wielding the anti-Russia stick has been so tempting” for opposition activists because it provides “a way to both bludgeon Trump and beat to death any nascent détente with Russia, which would give new hope for more ‘regime change’ wars. For the neocons and their liberal-hawk sidekicks, that would be a win-win-win.”  Taking another view, journalist Mark Ames has pointed out that Trump may have intentionally encouraged the Russia conspiracy theory hysteria, knowing it was a dead end that would distract from other policies he is carrying out.)

In an earlier interview with Democracy Now regarding chemical weapons attacks in Syria (specifically a 2013 attack that was found to have likely been perpetrated by Saudi-backed al Qaeda insurgents, though Obama never corrected initial US government propaganda blaming the attack on the Syrian government), Chomsky said that people should look at the pictures of chemical weapons victims in Syria, as well as the pictures of victims of chemical weapons attacks perpetrated by the US (Chomsky has condemned both the US and Syrian governments, and the jihadist elements driving the opposition in Syria, as morally monstrous).

Similar to the self-serving dynamic promoted by the US government/corporate complex regarding election/political interference, the complex likewise encourages US citizens to be outraged over alleged attacks carried out by groups or nations the US is attempting to overthrow or conquer (even before responsibility is determined – facts are generally of only minor relevance to propaganda), but to ignore similar or worse attacks carried out by the US and its collaborators.

Iranian Soldier Wearing Gas Mask during Iran-Iraq War by  Unknown Artist

Iranian soldiers use gas masks to protect themselves from Hussein’s US/European-backed invasion. Photo credit: Museum Syndicate

For example, the US population is not encouraged to call for the arrest and punishment of war criminals like Henry Kissinger, who have perpetrated massive chemical warfare (which continues to cause deaths and birth defects today) and targeting of civilians in Indochina – Kissinger, for example, is on record calling for US bomb-throwers to murder “anything that moves”.  Nor should the US public call for the arrest of US officials and private citizens who worked together to provide Saddam Hussein with chemical weapons production agents, blueprints for building chemical weapons facilities, and equipment for filling chemical warheads, then continued to support him through the gassing of the Kurds and the killing of an estimated 1 million Iranians, including with Western-provided chemical weapons, in a war of aggression against Iran.  (Iran refrained from using chemical warfare in retaliation.)

Likewise, according to US propaganda, the US public should never call for the arrest of Bush 1, Bush 2, or Clinton regime members for chemical weapons attacks including napalm, white phosphorous, and the use of munitions made of radioactive nuclear waste, which cause birth defects and remain radioactive for millions of years (not to mention other devastating and illegal attacks such as the killing of an estimated 500,000 Iraqi children, and later at least 1 million more Iraqi citizens, the conservative estimate based on a meta-study by Nobel-winning Physicians for Social Responsibility).

Nor should the US public call for the arrest or punishment, or even the cessation of support, of Israeli government members who carried out chemical weapons attacks against civilians during Obama’s presidency, and also targeted (as the UN secretary general put it) “sleeping children” in UN facilities, which the UN had informed Israel 17 times not to bomb.  After these attacks and other massacres, rather than calling for unilateral action to apprehend the criminals, the Obama government increased US aid flowing to Israel, already a rich country and the biggest recipient of US aid, beyond the level of any previous administration.  Aid to Israel has been declared illegal by human rights groups because of Israel’s human rights violations and ongoing colonization of Palestinian land.

None of the US officials who ordered or participated in the above atrocities (and unmentioned ones, such as experimentation on unknowing US troops with chemical weapons including mustard gas; see Blum, ‘America’s Deadliest Export’) has been punished.

Thus, to achieve logical consistency and international credibility, Chomsky and many others have pointed out, if US citizens agree that perpetrators of atrocities should be apprehended, they would then need to make efforts to arrest war criminals in their midst and on their tax-dollar payroll.

However, in the current system, the government/corporate complex is able to overwhelmingly saturate the US market with propaganda that encourages citizens to condemn only people in areas the complex seeks to conquer.  Thus, as Bertrand Russell pointed out in 1922, “liberal virtures” are strategically, self-servingly invoked to suit the oligarchy’s “imperial” and “financial interests”.

I asked professor Chomsky if he thinks that, in addition to capping political contributions, democracy would also require a cap on the amount of money that can be spent by or on any media outlet, since oligarchs currently can so effectively saturate the market by dumping billions into integrated or favored “news” corporations.

Chomsky said this would be a “very good idea”.

Robert J. Barsocchini is an independent researcher and reporter whose interest in propaganda and global force dynamics arose from working as a cross-cultural intermediary for large corporations in the US film and Television industry.  His work has been cited, published, or followed by numerous professors, economists, lawyers, military and intelligence veterans, and journalists.  He begins work on a Master’s Degree in American Studies in the fall.

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  • kimyo

    previously you said you’d examine chomsky’s position on 9/11 and specifically building 7. have you reached a conclusion?

    • Robert Barsocchini

      Yes, I looked at some of the info you provided. What Chomsky says on this issue – namely that it was not an inside job – still looks right to me. Though as I said before, I am far from agreeing with him on everything.

      • kimyo

        in your considered opinion, what caused the collapse of building 7? do you find nist’s explanation to be plausible?

        you will recall that no plane hit building 7. also, its collapse was reported on both bbc and cnn prior to the actual event.

        • Robert Barsocchini

          I think it must have been tons of heat and pressure in the connecting tunnels. I think it’s a coincidence re the news outlets. What’s the alternative?

          • kimyo

            i’ve never heard before the theory that heat and pressure in connecting tunnels was involved in the collapse of building 7. do you have a link?

            if you were truly an ‘independent reporter’, wouldn’t your spidey senses tingle like mad upon reading this: CNN BREAKING NEWS

            Alan Dodds Frank joins on the phone in lower Manhattan — Alan?

            FRANK: Aaron, just two or three minutes ago there was yet another collapse or explosion. I’m now out of sight, Good Samaritan has taken me in on Duane Street (ph).

            But at a quarter to 11:00 there was another collapse or explosion following the 10:30 collapse of the second tower. And a firefighter who rushed by us estimated that 50 stories went down. The street filled with smoke. It was like a forest fire roaring down a canyon.

            a report of a ’50 story’ collapse at 10:45…….
            building 7, 47 stories, collapses at 4:57…….

            coincidence? don’t you have even a remotely tiny bit of skepticism left in your noggin? it’s MORE likely that chomsky is part of the apparatus than not, that’s all i’m saying.

          • cityspeak

            KImyo and Robert,
            I have studied the assassinations of the 60’s, JFK, MLK and RFK.
            Throughout his career Chomsky has been asked about these incidents as evidence points to these assassinations being deep state actions and not the acts of lone gunmen.
            Chomsky repeatedly states that regardless of the true culprits of these murders he chooses to focus on the actions of the State and its consequences. Chomsky’s argument being what is “another dead President” when you can see the mechanism of the State’s power grinding on and on
            Others argue that the crimes must be called out, as the State would be exposed and lose legitimacy. This perhaps then would halt the ongoing crimes being committed by the State. The very ongoing crimes that Chomsky spends his days exposing and discussing.
            I believe Chomsky has taken a similar stance with 9/11. He has spent lot of time and energy discussing the State’s actions responding to 9/11 but has not nor will not look into the possibility that it was a “false flag” operation. Even if the State’s only culpability that day was a “stand down”order.
            I appreciate Chomsky’s work, Robert’s as well, and the above interview should be read by every citizen as general awareness of the State’s duplicity is very poor.
            Chomsky’s stance on the 60’s assassination, even though I disagree with it, is the same one he has had and will have on 9/11.
            If you are looking to increase people’s awareness of 9/11 you will have to continue to do so without Chomsky.

          • kimyo

            If you are looking to increase people’s awareness of 9/11 you will have to continue to do so without Chomsky.

            in fact, as chomsky is manipulating public opinion in order to dismiss/block any new examination of the events on 9/11, we must discredit him so that the alt-media stop calling him an ’eminent thinker’.

            there has to be a red line. colin powell crossed it at the u.n. christine todd whitman crossed it when she said ‘the air is safe’.

            there has to be a point where you stop listening to these people. they aren’t even actual people, they are creations of the msm. isn’t the msm the enemy here?

            Noam Chomsky and The War on Straight Answers

            “I mean even if it [a September 11th government conspiracy] were true, which is extremely unlikely, who cares? I mean it doesn’t have any significance.”

            isn’t that the red line? isn’t that the way we get ANOTHER 9/11?

          • Robert Barsocchini

            What I’m asking is what ‘apparatus’? I don’t think the number of people needed to be involved could keep that secret. People would blab.

          • Jack O’malley

            putting building 7 aside, and focusing on the twin towers, how does a gravity collapse explain the disappearance of:43,600 windows, 600,000 sq. ft. of glass, 5 million sq. ft. of gypsum, 6 acres of marble, 425,000 cubic yds of concrete, 198 elevator cars, 15 miles of elevator shafts, unknown (by myself) acres of ‘drop ceiling’ panels (and associated metal grids), unknown (by myself) acres of steel floor decking (that supported the concrete), thousands of file cabinets, desks, office furniture and much more- all disappearing in as pyroclastic dust cloud only seen in volcanoes and explosive events? the towers also consisted of 200,000 tons of steel including 47 core columns an 240 perimeter columns- what became of the massive staircases? how did 700 human body fragments end up on the roof of the deutche bank building?- these fragments included parts of firefighters identified by dna- firefighters weren’t in the buildings at the time of the alleged plane strikes- there is so much more evidence that points conclusively to controlled demolition- this is just a sampling of it.

          • Robert Barsocchini

            I guess for me, what I would need to see to think it was an inside job are planning documents, recordings, numerous leakers talking about it from multiple organizations, etc.

          • Jack O’malley

            who would be foolish enough to put any of the heinous planning in writing- the same principal would apply to leakers – to admit a role in the crime of the century- being responsible for killing your fellow citizens, or taking the oh so precious lives of americans for the foreign operatives- i couldn’t imagine the consequences- not all truthers are as dubious as nutcase alex jones, there are professionals such as architects and engineers AE911Truth, pilots pilotsfor9/, firefightersfor 9/11ttuth and others-just one example of the psychopathy of the powers that be is operation northwoods, if you haven’t checked that out you should, thank you for your time.

          • Robert Barsocchini

            Northwoods is a perfect example. It’s a document. I’ve read it.

          • Flávio

            Robert, do you have any documents, posts or reports on the lies told during the Cold War? Thanks.

          • Robert Barsocchini

            Yeah, but all I can say is check through sources, links, books in my articles. Unfortunately can’t get very specific at moment. killing Hope by william blum is a great source. Chomsky documents many lies of cold war too, often looking at gov docs.

          • Robert Barsocchini

            For some specifics from chomsky on this topic, there is a detailed section in one of his latest books, ‘who rules the world’. Older books: the Washington connection series. For a short summary, on YouTube search ‘Chomsky summarizes cold war 5 minutes’.

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  • Carl_Herman

    Sharp article, Robert; thank you. For WTC 7, I suggest the two short videos I have here (15 minutes from ~3,000 professional architects and engineers, and 30 minutes from a former NIST academic):

    • Robert Barsocchini

      Thanks for that, Carl, as well as your latest piece. Important comments from Bolivia at UN. I think it was Chalmers Johnson who pointed out the US simply has zero credibility (except in the minds of those glued to US TV and billionaire’s press) after the WMD propaganda campaign. Bush cadre didn’t even have the decency to say they knew that at one point Hussein had WMD because US gave them to him, and he used them all up on civilians and in war of aggression.

  • kimyo

    a different take on the same interview: When America’s “Progressives” Pay Lip Service to Imperialism. The Anti-War Movement is Dead

    America’s “Progressive Idol” Noam Chomsky in an April 5 interview with “Democracy Now” (aired two days before Trump’s punitive airstrikes) favors “regime change”, intimating that a negotiated “removal” of Bashar Al Assad could lead to a peaceful settlement.

    According to Chomsky: “The Assad regime is a moral disgrace. They’re carrying out horrendous acts, the Russians with them.” Strong statement with no supporting evidence and documentation provided.

    Many “Progressives” view Syria as a “civil war” rather than a US-NATO supported terrorist insurgency. Noam Chomsky is largely supportive of “regime change” in Damascus in derogation of international law.

    And anti-war activists concur, American “progressives” tow the line, follow suit in Chomsky’s footsteps.

    Chossudovsky also includes this quote:

    Many figures who opposed Bush’s war making have become totally “controlled puppets” who say and do what they are ordered to do—regardless of consistency with past views and actions.” Larry Chin, April 8, 2017