Noam Chomsky has bashed the west for their hypocrisy regarding the atrocities committed by government officials on members of the media. Chomsky’s claims comes after the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, which killed 12 people, and the murder of four Jews at a kosher supermarket.
Chomsky compared reports following the Paris terrorist attacks to reports of a NATO and U.S.-led missile attack on Serbian State mediahouse in April, 1996, that left 16 journalist dead and the station off air.
According to Chomsky, “There were no demonstrations or cries of outrage, no chants of ‘We are RTV,’ no inquiries into the roots of the attack in Christian culture and history.”
However, following the Paris terrorist attacks millions marched in support of the freedom of speech with signs and chants of “Je Suis Charlie.” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared “a war against terrorism, against jihadism, against radical Islam, against everything that is aimed at breaking fraternity, freedom, solidarity.”
In contrast, Noam Chomsky blasted the west on its blatant hypocrisy of their reaction regarding both attacks.
“On the contrary, the attack on the press was lauded. The highly regarded U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke, then envoy to Yugoslavia, described the successful attack on RTV as ‘an enormously important and, I think, positive development,’ a sentiment echoed by others.”
Chomsky went on give examples of “terrorist attacks” perpetuated by the west. The MIT professor criticized the Obama administration for their recent campaign of military assaults that have left civilians dead in recent years.
“Also ignored in the ‘war against terrorism’ is the most extreme terrorist campaign of modern times — Barack Obama’s global assassination campaign targeting people suspected of perhaps intending to harm us some day, and any unfortunates who happen to be nearby.”
Chomsky mentioned that similar terrorist attacks such as Anders Breivik attack that slaughtered 77 people in July, 2011, failed to spark the same response from the west.
“Contrary to the eloquent pronouncements, it is not the case that ‘terrorism is terrorism. There’s no two ways about it,'” Chomsky said. “There definitely are two ways about it: theirs versus ours. And not just terrorism.”
Do you agree with Noam Chomsky that the west is inherently biased on the agenda of terrorism?
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