False friends: Iran’ democratically elected Prime
Mossadegh during a visit in the US in 1951, two
before the CIA’s coup d’état that
Noam Chomsky is one of the major intellectuals of our time. The eighty-two-year-old American linguist, philosopher and activist is a severe critic of US foreign and economic policy. Ceyda Nurtsch talked to him about the Arabic spring in its global context
June 22, 2011 – - Mr. Chomsky, many people claim that the Arab world is incompatible with democracy. Would you say that the recent developments falsify this thesis?
Noam Chomsky: The thesis never had any basis whatsoever. The Arab-Islamic world has a long history of democracy. It’s regularly crushed by western force. In 1953 Iran had a parliamentary system, the US and Britain overthrew it. There was a revolution in Iraq in 1958, we don’t know where it would have gone, but it could have been democratic. The US basically organized a coup.
declassified, President Eisenhower spoke about a campaign of hatred against us
in the Arab world. Not from the governments, but from the people. The National
Security Council’s top planning body produced a memorandum – you can pick it up
on the web now – in which they explained it.
the Arab world is that the United
States blocks democracy and development and
supports harsh dictators and we do it to get control over their oil. The
memorandum said, this perception is more or less accurate and that’s basically
what we ought to be doing.