Thursday, March 20, 2008

Iraq War Blogswarm: 'We Own the World' by Noam Chomsky

     So I'm a little bit late on my post for the March 19th Iraq War BlogSwarm. Let's just say that yesterday was a busy day.

     I thought about what would be most appropriate to write here. Simple criticism of the Iraq War, while certainly valid, lacked the historical context that I wanted to provide linking this war to the way our government always operates. The Iraq War was not just a 'botched job', a 'miscalculation in the fight for freedom', or a 'misguided attempt to attack the evil-doers', it was instead a simple application of the way our government works. Power and profit for the few, squalor and death for the others. Noam Chomsky, whose ability to step back and see the big picture always makes his thoughts illuminating, wrote an essay at the beginning of this year entitled 'We Own The World' that expresses the sort of ideas that I wanted in this post. Feel free to check it out.

8 comments:

vjack said...

Excellent. I like Chomsky and am off to read it now.

SH said...

Yes, I agree, this war seems to be just another chapter in the long history of greed and militarism. Thank you for the link to the essay.

libhom said...

The same people who act like they own the US have globalized that attitude.

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breakerslion said...

Not much to add to the rest of these comments except to say that there has always been a power elite. There are brief moments in history where their irresponsible exploitation of the masses is held in check, then corruption takes its inevitable course.

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