η τοποθέτηση του στην εκπομπή του MSNBC
θεωρώ υποδειγματική για το πως θα έπρεπε
να μιλά ένας αξιοπρεπής διανοούμενος
στη δημόσια σφαίρα στο Δυτικό πλαίσιο.
What kind of support does the US have in Syria right now?
There might be support for a strike and a lot of what is happening in
Syria in terms of external intervention and external movements is
mostly a result of desperation.
is not the right metrics we should be paying attention to right now.
I just want to say a couple of things regarding the danger the other
speaker alluded to regarding Syria using chemical weapons vis-a-vis
Israel. In the past six years Israel attacked Syria with airplanes,
with jet fighters, and Syria did not respond at all. Of course, we
all know it's because Israel has a stockpile of nuclear weapons and
nuclear warheads more than anyone can count.
I agree with you Craig that there needs to be a debate. The problem
with the discussion not only on this show but on all shows, is that
there isn't a serious engagement, a serious public debate in the US
on these issues generally, regarding the US Middle East policy. What
we have is commentary on a very limited set of options that are
already predetermined by policy. And this policy is based on
unrealistic presumptions and assumptions regarding how the United
States is a benevolent actor in the world in terms of its foreign
the Mιddle East, this is not the case. The
record is actually--it stinks, really. And, for us to continue to
talk as if all of these [regarding US role] are givens is the actual
problem. The only solution to this [crisis] is a political solution
that the United States, as the most powerful country in history, not
just on earth, can actually start by a serious discussion with the
Russians and other players. However, the problem is that we are not
ready to actually have these discussions because it will take
compromises; compromises that the United States is not willing to
make in terms of its support of very problematic dictatorial, or
racist regimes like the state of Israel and like dictatorships like
Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries.
is the problem. We are not willing to budge on other issues, so our
bargaining power with Russia or other states is very limited. These
are the issues that I think we need to discuss in light of what is
happening in the region and in light of us getting it wrong almost
every time since we fraudulently attacked and invaded a country in
2003, the country of Iraq, on false premises.