Noam Chomsky speaks to Saswat Pattanayak

Saswat Pattanayak – Prof Chomsky, where do you locate the contours of the current crisis in Egypt, Tunisia and rest of the Middle East? Noam Chomsky – The source of the crisis in the Arab world goes back very far and it’s similar to what we find in the formerly colonized world. Actually it was expressed rather clearly in the 1950’s by President Eisenhower and his staff. He was holding an internal discussion which has been declassified since. Eisenhower asked his staff why there is, what he called a “campaign of hatred” against us in the Arab world. Not among…