acTVism Munich Editorial Pick: “Noam Chomsky’s Classic Speech – The Two 9/11’s”
In this speech held by Noam Chomsky at the University of Iceland on the 9th of September 2011, Noam Chomsky talks about the first 9/11 that took place in Chile in 1973 in which the U.S government overthrew the democratically elected government of Chile to install a brutal military dictatorship in Augusto Pinochet. This covert operation was later confirmed by the CIA on the 18th of September 2000. Other issues that are discussed in this speech are the U.S’s historical role in Latin America, U.S imperialism, the 2001 war in Afghanistan and 2003 war in Iraq, international law and human rights:
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Notable excerpt from the speech:
It is useful to remember that [however] awful as the crimes were [of 9/11 in the US] they could have been a lot of worse. It is not hard to imagine. So suppose for example that the attack had gone as far as bombing the White House, killing the president, imposing a brutal military dictatorship that killed thousands of people, tortured tens of thousands while establishing an international terrorist centre that helped impose similar torture and terrorist states elsewhere, carried out an international assassination campaign. And as an extra fill up brought in a team of economists, lets call them the “Kandahar boys” [comparing them to the Chicago Boys] who drove the economy into one of the worst depressions in US history. That plainly would have been a lot worse than what happened on 9.11.2001. Unfortunately it is not a thought experiment, it happened. The only inaccuracy in this brief review is that the numbers should be multiplied by 25. So 50,00 to 100,000 killed, 700,000 tortured to yield the per capital equivalence which is the appropriate measure. Well I am referring, of course, to what in Latin America is often called the first 9/11. The September 11th 1973, when the United States succeeded in its intensive efforts to overthrow the democratic government of Salvador Allende in Chile with a military coup that placed General Pinochet’s brutal regime in office.
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Noam Chomsky is a world-renowned political dissident, anarchist, linguist, author and institute professor emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he’s taught for more than half a century.
Chomsky has written more than 100 books, his latest being “Because We Say So“. Chomsky has been a highly influential academic figure throughout his career, and was cited within the Arts and Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI) more often than any other living scholar from 1980 to 1992. His work has influenced a wide range of domains, including artificial intelligence, cognitive science, computer science, logic, mathematics, music theory and analysis, psychology and immunology.
Chomsky also developed the propaganda model of media criticism with Edward S. Herman which they presented in their book “Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media“. Chomsky remains a leading critic of U.S. foreign policy, neoliberal capitalism, and mainstream news media.