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Wed Apr 3, 2013, 05:01 PM

Noam Chomsky: The Cruelty That Keeps Empires Alive

AlterNet / By Noam Chomsky

Chomsky: The Cruelty That Keeps Empires Alive
Like many other oppressive countries, Israel's chief tools of control are through humiliation, degradation and terror.

April 2, 2013 |

Editor's Note: This article is adapted from the Edward W. Said lecture given by Noam Chomsky in London on March 18, 2013.

The Swedish novelist Henning Mankell tells of an experience in Mozambique during the civil war horrors there 25 years ago, when he saw a young man walking toward him in ragged clothes.

"I noticed something that I will never forget for as long as I live," Mankell says. "I looked at his feet. He had no shoes. Instead he had painted shoes on his feet. He had used the colors in the ground and in the roots to replace his shoes. He had come up with a way to keep his dignity."

Such scenes will evoke poignant memories among those who have witnessed cruelty and degradation, which are everywhere. One striking case, though only one of a great many, is Gaza, which I was able to visit for the first time last October.

There violence is met by the steady resistance of the "samidin" those who endure, to borrow Raja Shehadeh's evocative term in "The Third Way," his memoir on Palestinians under occupation, 30 years ago. ...................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.alternet.org/world/chomsky-cruelty-keeps-empires-alive

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