Disgraceful behavior to isolate US in intl. arena, enhance Iran’s status: Chomsky

TEHRAN, Jul. 08 (MNA) – In an interview with Tehran Times, the leading American philosopher, linguist, political commentator Noam Chomsky has lashed out at current foreign policy of the United States in the international arena.

Celebrated as ‘world's top public intellectual’, Chomsky is the leading critic of the US foreign policy, state capitalism and mainstream media. In an exclusive interview with Tehran Times, he talks about US-Iran standoff over JCPOA, Iran’s nuclear program and US foreign policy. 

The following are the question and answers put forward to Chomsky via email:

US pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal despite Iran fulfilling all commitments made under the historic accord. What are its possible repercussions?

Unfortunately, Europe is unlikely to be willing to confront the US on this matter in any significant way.  I hope that others will be less intimidated.
The fervent hope of Trump, Bolton, and Netanyahu is that Iran will react by violating the JCPOA, for the first time. That would be a pretext to actions that I need not outline, which would be disastrous. A statesman-like approach in response to this disgraceful behavior is not easy, but it is the right way, and might serve as a step towards isolating the US in the international arena, as is already happening for many reasons, and enhancing Iran’s international status.

President Trump has asked all countries to stop importing oil from Iran in a bid to strangle the Iranian economy. Among three largest buyers of Iranian oil, China and Turkey have refused to pay heed but India has reportedly agreed to cut oil imports from Iran. Do you think the US is behaving like a bully?

Of course, the US is behaving like a bully. And unfortunately, it is not the first time.

US has decided to re-impose sanctions against Iran, which as the signatory of NPT claims right to pursue peaceful nuclear program for energy purpose. While countries like Israel, India and Pakistan, which haven't signed the NPT and have clandestinely produced nuclear weapons, are considered 'responsible' nations. Are not these double standards?

These are worse than double standards. In each case (India, Pakistan, Israel), the US has supported their nuclear weapons programs in one way or another. At the same time, it has stopped Iran from pursuing its peaceful nuclear program.  

Do you think American foreign policy has touched a new low under President Donald Trump?

Not really. The invasion of Iraq was a far worse crime than anything Donald Trump has done.  The US wars in Indochina were even more severe crimes.

All countries in this region, especially Pakistan and Iran, have stakes in peaceful Afghanistan where the US-imposed war has now entered its 17th year. Do you agree the international community has failed to achieve its objectives in Afghanistan?

The countries of the world – I hesitate to call them a community – do not speak with a single voice. The objectives of Pakistan and the United States differ, and Iran has still different ones. The countries of the world led by the US have indeed failed in Afghanistan.

The trade war between the US and China is escalating, threatening to trigger global trade war. Do you think Trump got it wrong?

It depends on what he is trying to achieve.  If it is what he says, then it is the wrong way. But we do not assume that the objectives of political leaders are identical with what they say. If his goal is to mobilize his supporters by making it appear that he is the one person willing to stand up to foreign enemies and protect them, then it may work – for some time at least.

Interview by: Syed Zafar Mehdi

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